Busy Bees

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We checked on the bees this weekend and were happy to find the Queen in both hives.  A few weeks ago, we had a swarm from the pink hive, which did so well this winter that they simply did not have enough room in there.  We re-homed the swarm in this new mint green hive (color chosen by Ceara) and after a little over a week we saw eggs.  We patiently waited for nature to take its course in the pink hive and were so happy to find the new Queen as well as eggs and larvae when we did our inspection on Sunday.

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You can see the Queen nestled in between the frame and the comb in the photo above.

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I’m obsessed with how beautiful this frame of pollen is.  These colors are just gorgeous.

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We may have waited a little too long to add a new super to the new hive.  When we opened it up, we found this crazy comb built out between the sugar feeders that we had in an empty super on top.

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This is a photo of the swarm from a few weeks ago.  They basically left the hive and hung out on a tree about 20 feet away.  It was complete luck that I saw it.  I went out to check on the hives and happened to look around and see it there.  We set up a new hive with a super we were lucky enough to get quickly from a friend.  Then we gently brushed the swarm into a cardboard box with a bee brush.  We assumed that they were clustered around the Queen and that if we could get her in there, they would all follow.  You can see in the picture below that they are marching right in the box.  After they were all in, we shook them into the super and stocked them up with sugar water.  We now have two thriving hives. Fingers crossed they both stay strong. xo

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