All posts tagged: pollen pants

Bees are awake

Today the sun is shining and the bees are awake and flying about for the first time in weeks. I think they must like the new position of their hive. I moved the hive to a sunnier spot when it was freezing outside and they were hibernating. The general rule for moving hives is less than 2 feet or over 2 miles. That way the bees will be able to find the entrance and not go back to the old location. If this is done during summer months some of the worker bees who are out may get lost but the rest of the bees will adjust to the new location. The middle of winter is the other good time for a move. Now the hive is under my big cedar on the SW corner. They will get lots of sun in cooler months and morning and evening all summer long. The cedar will protect them from wind and shed some extra water. In the heat of summer it will provide shade. No wonder bees …

Inspecting the brown bee hive

Since I was on a roll I thought I’d check out the brown, top bar hive at my house too. It was 3 pm on Memorial Day. The temperature was about 65deg, slightly overcast and a bit windy. But I thought it was warm enough for a quick check. The bees were very busy at the front door. Really the most I have seen. But I’ve been at work mostly on the warm days. I had checked a week ago and seen lots of honey but no babies, so I wanted to get inside and make sure the queen was laying. Fortunately I got some practice at Zenger Farm on Saturday. See the bee with the yellow pollen pants? That is one indication that there is brood. They need to feed them a combination of pollen and honey to give them protein and carbs. The first frame I pulled out was all new, white wax. Now there are 8 frames filled with comb and 4 more empty ones for them to expand into. That frame …