Encouraging Bees to Build Up

When another box is added to the hive, the bees need to be encouraged to move up. When we added our deeps we sprayed all the frames with sugar water. The bees eat the sugar water and use it to build comb on the frames.


In this picture we are spraying super frames to encourage the bees to start building comb on them.



Another way to encourage bees to move up is to add a upper hive entrance. We added upper hive entrances after the supers were on the hives.



This is a close up picture of the bees on the outside of their hive after a hive check.




We still had the entrance reducer on so the bees took awhile to get back in the hive.







May 15th Hive Check/The Start of Hatching Brood

Seeing brood hatching is one of the most exciting things to see as a beginning beekeeper. Finally on May 15th, we got to see our new bees hatch.



Here is the top of Bethany’s Hive.




A frame of nectar or more likely sugar syrup in Bethany’s hive because they are being fed sugar.




A nice pattern of brood looks like Bethany’s queen is a good layer. A good brood pattern is when the brood fills a large part of the frame and there are few empty holes. Most of the empty holes on this frame actually have older larvae in them.




More brood and wacky comb. Wacky comb is comb that is not built the way the beekeeper wants it built. If bees build wacky comb like that you want to take the comb right off so they do not continue to build wacky comb in the whole hive. Wacky comb can be used to make candles and cosmetics.




Abigail’s hive note the pollen that a few bees are still eating.




Look Abigail’s queen! Isn’t she pretty?




A good brood pattern in Abigail’s hive. This means both hives have good queens.



The center of this frame is darker empty comb. It is dark because the first set of bees have hatched from this frame and they are empty because they need to be cleaned before the queen lays in them again. The more bees that hatch from this frame the darker the comb will become.



More hatched brood in Abigail’s hive. Congrats bees!


Over all we got lots of good news on this check of the hives.




May 11th Hive Check

On May 11th we just peeked into the hives, because it was raining. We wanted to make sure that the bees had plenty of room to continue to build up. Hives should not be checked when it is raining because all the bees are home.



This is what my hive looked like when we opened them up.




After a couple minutes the bees crawled into the hive to escape the rain.




Olivia is scraping off the burr comb.




The bees on this frame are filling the cells with nectar.




An entrance reducer makes the entrance smaller. This helps the bees, because than they only have to defend a small entrance.




This is what Bethany’s hive looked like when we opened it up.




This is what Maylyn looked like when we opened it up.




There where not a ton of bees in the top brood box.




We checked the bottom of the box for queen cells.




Bridge comb is the comb bees build between boxes so that they can crawl up into the next box.




The hive tool is pointing to an empty queen cell. An empty queen cell is a cell that does not have an egg in it.




There were lots of bees between the frames in the bottom brood box of Maylyn.