“No bees, no honey; no work, no money.” – Proverb
I rounded up some additional hive bodies and frames to transfer the nuc colonies into. And did they need it. They had nearly filled their frames with comb, eggs and honey. That showed me that they were all healthy.
Some of the nuc boxes were a mess, though, with burr comb which I sadly had to remove when I added new frames.
I sprayed with plenty of sugar-water, filled some top feeders with more sugar-water, and gave some of the hives pollen patties. The pollen patties may have been better saved for fall, but because in the next few days we have inclement weather forecasts, I am trying to encourage the bees to stay in their new boxes. I’m a generous beekeeper – I take care of my bees the same way I take care of everyone else around here. “Eat! Eat!”
While I was suited up and had a fan club of hundreds of upset bees, I decided not to go inside the house or near anyone else for a while. I took the lawn tractor for a ride past the hives to trim the grass that tends to get overgrown. I put away frames and hive parts that were not being cleaned by the bees themselves. I puttered.
All told, it was about 3.5 hours of work before I finally took my suit off to make dinner. I never got stung(hallelujah!) and finished in the nick of time as a front of blustery, wet weather moved in for the weekend.
Here’s where the “Wing and a Prayer” part comes in…I’m no expert at beekeeping, but I’m learning. I tucked the bees in and asked for a blessing under my breath…