Welcome to this week’s update.
I mentioned the other week that I put a baggie feeder on the hives. I figured that I would show what this looks like. On Sunday I put another hive body on the hives. I then put another baggie into the hive. This sits directly on the top bars of the hive. I then put the inner cover on top of this mini hive body and the telescoping cover goes on top of that. Because the sugar syrup is right out there, I slid the top cover all the way forward so the top entrance remains covered.
Here’s a shot of the previous empty baggie. They completely drained this baggie. It wasn’t dry inside the bag, but I was able to carry it off without the syrup dripping. I was kind of surprised that the bees glued the baggie to the top bars with propalis. If you look closely, the upper left corner of the baggie has a large clump of bees. They built some burr comb up from the baggie towards the top cover. I scraped this into a bucket. I save the extra burr comb so I can make use of the wax.
If I bought the baggie feeder from a distributor, it would have been about 2″ tall. I built mine and didn’t know the dimensions, so I made it with 4″ lumber. This leaves too much space for the bees. If you look near the center hole, that’s a big chunk of burr comb. The bees will build comb wherever they think it works best for them. I scraped this off into my wax bucket. Next time I build a baggie feeder, I will only make it 2″ tall. It will be just tall enough to keep the inner cover off of the baggie.
Just after putting the new baggie in the hives, I noticed a lot of activity around the hives. I went down and it looked like I had robber bees visiting. They were hovering all over waiting to get in the hive. I did a little research and learned about robber screens. I went into the basement and knocked together 2 robber screens. Apparently the robbers want to get in and out so they keep trying to get through the screen. The bees that live there can take the time to find the entrance so will climb to the top of the screen and down to the entrance. I’ll keep an eye on the hives for the next couple of days to see if the robber keep trying to steal the honey from this hive.
I forgot to post prior to going camping this weekend. So here it is after returning from Cowans Gap State Park with the Mid Atlantic Campers.