|Morning bee activity at Honeysuckle Hive.|
By mid-afternoon, traffic is a lot heavier!
I've been keeping an eye on my bees in anticipation of adding more hive boxes. I got the colony as a 3# package two months ago. In Warré beekeeping, boxes are added to the bottom (nadired) rather than added to the top (supered). According to David Heaf in his Natural Beekeeping with the Warré Hive, this is done when drawn comb fills about half of the bottom box, the idea being to add boxes before the bees run out of room and swarm. To monitor progress, I check through my screened bottom board with a mirror. The other day when I looked I saw this
|Looking up through the screened bottom into the bottom hive box|
Bees were busy building comb in the bottom box. It was time to do the deed. We removed the roof but left the quilt. I gave the cedar shavings a stir and noted that they weren't very damp, which I believe is a sign that ventilation is good. I loosened all around the bottom with my hive tool, to separate it from the stand. There didn't seem to be a lot of propolis, so the job was soon done.
Dan hoisted the hive,
while I quickly slipped two more hive boxes onto the stand.
|I did not to pay attention to box order & my honey|
suckle "vine" is not aligned! The bottom box has the
observation window, which was built differently.
Now it's wait and see. I'm not really expecting a honey harvest because this is an establishment year for this colony and the bees' needs are the priority. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy them for what they are.
Next - Getting Ready for Winter.