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Good weather, checking the hives again

Posted 04-06-2013 at 07:09 AM by Zymer

Friday 5:32 PM 4/5/2013

Both hives active. Checked about 4PM, temp had got up to about 60 but dropped to 58 by the time I was

ready to go out, and clouds had moved in.

Hive #2 seeemed to be ignoring the sugar, which isn't really surprising since they had so much capped

honey left.


Hive #1 was curious, they seemed to not know what to do with the sugar. Some were carrying it about,

others seemed to be actually taking it *out* of the hive, flying off with it.

Noticed a few bees that seemed to have some pollen on their legs...where from?

Saw one bee removing a body from the lower entrance, seemed to have trouble getting out. I removed

the entrance reducer and could see that there were a crapload of dead in there. I swept some out with the hive

tool and noticed quite a bit of sugar among the bodies. Maybe the fondant would have been better for them? Can

they not use the table sugar crystals well?

I don't think it's warm enough yet (on a steady basis) to take off the insulation jackets, so I will have to

wait to really open them up to see what's going on inside.
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