About to install a package but also happen to have some full frames of honey available from a previous hive - I’m assuming I can use this in lieu of feeding? Haven’t seen it mentioned in any posts and @Michael_Bush 's article didn’t seem to cover that scenario. Anyone done this or is there a reason why not to? Many thx
If you are absolutely sure that there’s no disease in you honey comb, feel free. Otherwise it’s very risky to put foreign frames into a hive. Especially if your previous hive died and you are not sure about the reason.
Thx. No disease - their numbers were reduced due to an aggressive yellow jacket assault. The remaining were combined but it left some excess stores that have been frozen
I’d go for knowing there’s no issues ! It will give them a great “kick-start”. Keep an eye on them so make sure they don’t run out as building comb n working brood eats up a lot of resources.
I’m getting my 3 Nuc’s today n giving them about noon today… I’m using a top feeder inside… It’s been 55 years since I raised my own bees as a teen. I’m really excited here. My son is going to help n hopefully be my cameraman. Here’s my set up.
Hi everyone, Dawn n Dee too,
Picked my 3 Nuc’s early @ 08:30. I carefully secure them in the back of my pickup truck.
So far so good !
Wonderful photos, Gerald! I can see your excitement. Great job!
It was a very satisfying day for me.
Fabulous…well done. There were a lot of bees in the air and all over you but you got the job done well. Congratulations on starting your journey.
Hi Gerald, I like that sign on your gate, that made me laugh:)
Well done Gerald, I’m looking forward to more updates. Vera had the right idea:)
Morning everyone …
My girls seem to have done well over night ! My 3 Nuc’s were very strong, populated n good supplied with a combo of capped brood, larva, n I think eggs ! Didn’t see the Queens (maybe next visit in few day. Let them settle in. They were already bringing in yellow pollen n looked heavy with nectar … They get BUSY fast !
Cheers everyone n Ta ta,
Well done Gerald, it all looks fantastic. 5deg. That’s beenie weather for me. I’m shivering, just think’n about it.
We’re tasty up here n the bees are going nuts out in the backyard. We are rocking between 66 to 68 dgs F (I think that’s about 17 to 18 dgsC)
Way to go!! Loved the pictures. Your wait is over. It official. You are a Beek again. Keep on updating us. Feels like I’m part of your journey.
I give the bees whatever I can to help them get established and anchor them there. Most new beekeepers don’t have anything other than the box and the frames. But if I have drawn comb I would give them whatever I have. I would give them honey, pollen and open brood as well if I have it. One frame of open brood will give them a good start and anchor the colony to the hive.
Thanks Michael. I appreciate the comments. It’s so good to get back in the beekeeper game. Having that soft hum to a buzz bring back great memories as well as the almost lost smells n fragrance.
Ta ta ,
Good Lord blessed me yesterday !
Using anything like lemongrass or comb to anchor them?
Yip , added some lemon grass oil early n one frame of drawn wax. They were busy all day coming in n out. They are really chugging sugar syrup already too. They have set up house keeping so from memories of collecting swarms back in the 1950’s n 60’s they’ll be staying. Thanks for your note n have a great week …