Apiary #10: Recent Pictures, box and feeder

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Blog entry by CueballRosendaul posted 07-10-2014 01:49 AM 1368 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I’d add a few more pictures to the blog tonight.

First, a picture of my first temporary feeding method, the pie pan of syrup. You can see that there are a couple wasps hanging around. The sticks are so the bees don’t drown and it gives them a place to easily hang on while drinking the syrup. Since this is a 1:1 mix of sugar and water, they supposedly don’t store it, but just consume it and use it as fuel to build wax comb.

Also a picture of my new top feeder installed with a medium box around it.

Here’s the full stack of boxes now with two deep supers for the brood and a new medium for honey storage. The second medium on top obviously holds the feeder. I had to add the medium box because the bottom boxes are now all full except the two outside frame sides.

Happy Bees!

The south meadow which is right out their front door.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#2 posted 07-10-2014 12:53 PM

Looks like a gr8 setup. Tell em to bring on that honey..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 07-10-2014 08:18 PM

Even if the sugar is 1:1 they do store the syrup and dilute possible honey in the super.
If that diluted honey is harvested, it has a high potential for fermenting in the bottle.
Two rules I follow religiously:
One, no honey supers on if there is a feeder on! I don’t even allow honey supers on if there is a feeder out in the open, or community feeder.
Two, NO medication before or during use of a honey super. The only med I use is for Nosema and it is only given during a high stress event, like package setting. Most of the time, I don’t use it then.

I guess the point I’m really trying to make is don’t mess up what mother nature and the bees have gone to so much trouble to get right.

Best of luck with the ladies,

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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