CEBA Apiary Status

This July weather is HOT, but several beekeepers braved the heat to check up on the bees at Oatland.

It is amazing how many people are visiting the OIWC on the weekends and our CEBA Shack is now turning heads with the new look!!!

 

 

 

 

Water Melon Hives

Water Melon Hives

Lee Trzecieski and a guest, Mr. Steve Miller (who is considering beekeeping if he can convince his wife), joined me today to take a look at several hives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided to check up on Hive E & F that I call the watermelon hives due to the paint design.  The club had been working these bees through the summer with plastic foundation.  But it seems the heat and orientation has the bees working cross-ways on the comb.  We’ve been swapping out frames with drawn comb a few weeks ago, so today we opened them up to take a look.

 

 

 

 

Really Weird

Really Weird

 

 

With a honey flow apparently still coming in at OIWC, we decided to expand both of these hives.  We knew the bees were still building when we opened the top and saw the excess comb & honey.  So we went to work to make some adjustments.

 

 

 

 

Hive E

Hive E

 

 

A quick inspection of the lower boxes and the adjustments were made rather quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee & Steve

Lee & Steve

 

 

Lee & Steve Miller went to work switching some frames around and making sure the queen would have available comb for brood and honey.  Really keeps the work flow moving with 3 pairs of hands in the hive!!

 

 

 

 

Comb Moving Up

Comb Moving Up

 

 

 

You will also see from the pictures some new and unusual hives.  Thanks to Daryl Gassman, Chef at The Landings, CEBA received these two hives as a donation to the efforts of the bee club.  Daryl and his wife are moving to Florida and we will miss them both.  We greatly appreciate Daryl’s kindness and we have promised to send them some honey from their hives.  You see, these hives came with the honey!

Daryl Gassman

Daryl Gassman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These hives will be now be ready for our August 8th Honey Extraction Apiary lecture by Read Nichols.  If you want to see his Mobile Honey House in operation, mark your calendars!

 

 

 

 

 

Water Melon Hives

Water Melon Hives

 

The CEBA Apiary should have 4 honey supers ready for the August 8th event.  CEBA will be processing honey from comb to jar, along with selling honey to the public as they watch in amazement.  We will also be asking beekeepers to come out early on Oatland to pull the honey; and asking others to stay over to bottle.  It should be both a educational and rewarding day of sharing our love of beekeeping to the public, and learning how Mr. Nichols operates his “honey wagon”.

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to Lee and Steve for coming out and braving the heat.  As the weather cools down into Fall, we will be having some queen marking weekends.  If you wish to practice marking male bees, we invite you to keep an eye on that event !!  It can be fun and is certainly a confidence builder for handling a queen!

Hope to see everyone August 8th at OIWC !!!