On July 9th, we inspected our hives at our Squash Yard. One of the hives already had two supers on it. The other one would most likely need supers added to it.
The homeowner at our squash hives put a bird bath out for the bees. She put rocks in the water so that the bees would not drown.
It is a really beautiful way to provide water for the bees.
Here we are beginning the hive inspection. Bethany is looking in her hive’s supers. They had not done much in the supers yet. Abigail is still putting her gloves on.
Abigail’s bees had quite a few frames to build out. That is why they did not get supers put on as quickly as Bethany’s hive got supers.
Bethany’s hive had lots of young pupae. We know they are young because of the light colored cappings.
Both Bethany and Abigail inspected the bottom boxes of their hives. Both queens laid lots of brood.
The squash hives were building up nicely. We added two supers to Abigail’s hive. We decided to add two supers at once because the supers had filled out frames. Because the bees do not have to make beeswax, they are able to work harder at making honey.
Fun Fact: Before Bethany straps her hive down she takes of her suit. She does this because she gets really hot in her suit.
The squash hives seemed to be doing really good. We were excited to see how they would continue to grow.