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.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Put on two fresh feeders, 1 gallon each, each with 4 pounds of sugar.

Both of the old feeders were sucked dry.

Both queens have escaped, and plenty of pollen is going into both hives.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Benedictium and Salomium

Installed two packages of bees today, named the Benedictium and the Salomium. It's awfully late, but the fruit trees are in bloom, and of course I'll feed them.

Put one feeder pail on each hive, each with 4 pounds of sugar.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Salomium starved out

I cleaned out the Salomium today. They starved; very little honey left.

I'm not sure why they did not have enough. I fed them as much as they would take, which was not alot.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Another hive lost

It was 61 degrees today, and Brenda went out to check on the bees. No signs of life. Despite rapping on the hive, no-one came out to investigate.

It might have been the arctic vortex Pittsburgh experienced these last two weeks.