Preserving a narrative of the swarms from Hive 2 at Yahweh Yireh apiary – June 14 & 15, 2018.
Did a quick inspection of Hive 3. They aren’t building up very quickly, but they have plenty of stores and are bringing in a lot. Transplanted a 10-frame split from a friend’s hive into one of the newly re-worked horizontals.
The loss of two out of three of our colonies this winter afforded us the opportunity to make some improvements to our horizontal Langstroth hives that will hopefully resolve some of the issues we’ve had with them.
Some encouragement as our last remaining colony seems to be building up slowly.
Remaining colony still alive. Finished refurbishing two hives. Swapped out Hive 3 box with refurbished box. Began refurbishing Hive 3 box.
Single remaining active hive building up slowly. Two hives taken offline for refurbishment.
Summary of town meeting on pesticide regulation in South Carolina held at Oakwood/Windsor Elementary School – Feb 27, 2018. Representatives from Clemson University Extension Service and Department of Pesticide Regulation made presentations about pesticide management regulations, enforcement, and training in the state of South Carolina
A disappointing day. Went in expecting to have to add frames to all three hives. Found very few bees in any of them. Found uncapped brood in only one of them. Shrank the other two hives down considerably. Left the one with uncapped brood as it was.
What bizarre ideas spring forth from my little bee brain! Our hives are all still thriving, judging by the flurry of activity around them on the occasional warm, sunny mid-winter days here in South Carolina. Nevertheless for the past several nights running, my sleep has been broken by nightmares of an imminent zombee apocalypse. In my dreams, our bees have apparently picked up some sort of zombeeliciousness from the local hornets, and are passing them on to human beeings through stings. As the infection gets worse, the bees become more and more aggressive, and can be heard buzzing zzzfleshzzz as … More…
A glimmer of hope for the colony we had assumed was queenless, despite the ignorance and arrogance of their keeper.