Monday, July 9, 2018

Food and Pollen update

I put 4 pounds of sugar on each hive today. I noticed a bit of pollen going into the Salomium, but none going into the Benedictium. This might just be because traffic was light in the Benedictium, but it may be time for an inspection.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Beginning the July dearth

Well, each hive drank the full half gallon of last week's syrup. I put a new gallon of syrup on each hive today. The weather is very hot in the nineties and rainless, although the humidity is fierce.

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Well, they drank all their syrup. I'm not sure why they were so thirsty, maybe it's all the rain we've had that's made it too hard to forage.

At any rate, I spit 4 pounds of sugar between the two colonies, a half gallon of syrup a piece.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

More food

I put four more pounds on each hive. They have drunk very little of their syrup. Maybe next week I will split four pounds between them...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

More food, and burr comb

I mixed up 8 more pounds of sugar to put on the hives. I got 4 pounds on the Salomium, but when I opened up the attic of the benedictium, there was too much burr comb (with brood!) on the feeder for me to feel comfortable working it without smoke, a brush, and a veil.

So I put on their 4 pounds today.

Quite a bit of brood up there in the attic. I don't like that.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Oxalic acid, brood

My oxalic acid came in on Friday, so I mixed up a liter of 3.5% solution today.

I went out to the hives, and there was plenty of brood. I saw quite a few larvae when removing burr comb, and I saw no mites. So maybe I didn't need any oxalic acid after all, which is just as well, since it's too late to treat.

Happy Pentecost.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Time to replace the feeder pails. There was a pint of syrup left in each, but it was getting moldy.

One gallon each, 4 pounds of sugar each.