Brushy Mountain Bee Farm's Resources for Beekeeping, Candle Making, and Soap Making

Question of the Month
Back to Basics
Candy's Corner
More Information


Candy's Corner

Hi, Everyone!

I now have two hives.

I installed a five frame nuc on the 20th. The queen is a beauty, of course, and she has the frames loaded with capped brood. My other hive is doing great. The frames in that hive are packed with brood as well. I did add a super of honey to each hive that was sadly left behind from my lost girls (tear running down my cheek). I was so excited when I walked up to the hives and could hear the buzzing and saw my girls hard at work. I LOVE having bees!

Keep a check on your hive(s). People are talking about a lot of swarming going on right now. Some have even had one hive swarm three times.

Swarming is to be expected every spring as part of the bees natural cycle. There are some ways to try to avoid swarming. One way is to relieve hive congestion. You can make nucs or splits, equalize colonies, reverse your boxes, or add supers.

To equalize colonies you can take 1 to 3 frames of brood (shake off the bees) from a strong hive and give them to a weaker hive. Keep the brood frames together in the center of the strong hive and replace the frames you took out with empty comb. This will help relieve the congestion in the strong hive and give your weaker hive a boost.

I’m not one to go into my hives daily, not even weekly for that matter, but it is important to know what is going on in your hive. I’m not planning on going back into my hives for a couple of weeks to allow them time to build up and hopefully by then it will be time to add honey supers.

See you at the Bee Farm!