Bees

To step away from my books for a moment, I took a short video of my beehive entrance this afternoon and thought you guys might like to see it. I've opened the entrance reducer (the little wooden bar whose name I forgot in the video). The entrance reducer allows me to adjust the size of the entrance which makes it easier for the bees to keep warm during cool days and guard the hive from robbers. I've been quite worried about the hive all spring. I took two supers (wooden boxes where the comb is) off the top at the end of winter and there was evidence of starvation. But after a diet of sugar water the last couple weeks, and a smaller hive to protect and keep warm, the bees seem to be rebounding. It'll be 80 degrees tomorrow and I might put a super back on the top so they have room to expand.

You can watch the video below or directly on Youtube.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDE_PRz-xTQ