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Week 15 Activities

It is not very professional, but since I got an iPhone 4 the other day, I figured I might as well take some video of the hive before I opened it and got the girls all worked up. Be sure to listen for the chickens in the background at the end.

If you recall from last week, I decided to add the top hive feeder back onto the hive to hopefully supply the necessary artificial nectar flow to encourage the colony to build out more comb in the empty 3rd super. When I removed the inner cover, the girls had totally used every last drop of the syrup.

Empty Feeder

However, after performing my hive inspection, it appeared they used most of the syrup to fill out the comb in the 4th and 5th honey supers on the frames I had previously harvested honey from and added back to the hive. It did appear that some work had gone on building out comb in the 3rd super, but not really enough to use for brood. This was not what I wanted to see.

Empty Frame

Of course I didn’t have the foresight to bring out more syrup because I really thought one batch would do the job. Now it looks like I’ll be making up another gallon to add back on tomorrow which will hopefully do the job.

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April 13th Syrup Check

I checked the syrup levels today, and the girls had made a pretty good dent in what I put in the top hive feeder Saturday morning. Since I’ll be checking the queen cage this upcoming weekend, I added an additional 128 fluid ounces of syrup which should be more than enough to get them through the next four days.

Taking pictures through a veil is going to take some getting used to, but here is a fairly decent shot of how a top hive feeder works. The bees come up from the medium super below through the middle and then take syrup from either side. The wooden slats you see actually float on the liquid to give the bees a perch to take in the syrup. However, it looked liked most of the bees just hung on to the side of the entrance to suck up the sweet sweet syrup.

Top Hive Feeder

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