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First Inspection

Finally had a nice day and was able to go up and do a partial inspection on the hive.

Lots of bees flying and bringing in pollen and nectar.

The bottom deep still has a few frames of honey, and they have already filled some of the other empty comb with nectar – no brood in here.

The middle deep had at least 3 or 4 frames of capped brood and other frames with eggs and larvae.  I also found some empty queen cups which I destroyed.  There are drones present – but not too many.

The upper medium also has at least 3 or 4 frames of capped brood, eggs, and larvae.

I reversed the boxes so that the bottom deep is now on top and they can fill it with honey.  The deep box that was in the middle is now on the bottom and the medium box is now in the middle.

This hive is so strong and since they are already making queen cups I think I will split this hive within a week.

A new season begins

The combined hive looks to be healthy and active despite the fact that the tar paper winter cover was pretty much gone – probably shredded by high winds.

The quilt box that was filled with sawdust was damp so I removed it, but I didn’t have my smoker so we didn’t inspect the hive.

The bees are already bringing in pollen.


A new home

The swarm that was captured in front of town hall is settling nicely into a new Warré hive out near Aspdin and they have almost finished building out comb in the first box.  The queen was spotted during the last inspection and she is busy laying eggs to build up the new colony.

Warré hive populated from the town hall swarm
Warré hive populated from the town hall swarm


On Sunday a swarm of bees settled into a branch on the pine tree beside the Tom Thompson statue in front of town hall in Huntsville.  Concerned citizens flagged down an OPP officer that was driving by and he contact Craig Nakamoto.IMG_0414 - Version 2 Craig captured the swarm (at least 2/3 of the bees) in a plastic box:

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Then he set up an actual bee hive box below the tree.
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and waited for about 15 minutes and pretty much all of the remaining bees went in to the bee hive.
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Once that was done he strapped up the hive, covered the entrance with screen and drove it out to his bee yard near Aspdin to start a new hive.IMG_0435 - Version 2IMG_0437 - Version 2

Dawn Huddlestone with Doppler wrote a great article about the swarm incident and you can read it here.

The bees settle in

The new bees are slowly settling in and hive #2 was ready for a new box of empty frames.

We also added a few litres of sugar syrup to each hive to see if they want it.  There should be enough nectar available without feeding them, but It can help them build out new comb faster – which is a big advantage to a new hive.  Once the hives are established we will try to manage them without any feeding.

The bees have arrived!

The second beehive was installed this morning and the bees were added to both hives.

One 4-frame nuc from Alison Van Alten was added to hive #1 (the left hive when facing from the front) and one 10-frame nuc from David Siberry was added to hive #2 (the right hive).  Craig Nakamoto drove the Van Alten nuc up from Hamilton area and the SIberry nuc came from Manitoulin Island via Bracebridge and was driven in by Rob Key.


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