Saturday, June 18, 2011

Exponential Growth

This time it's about the bees. 
The girls have been busy.  I noticed quite the bee cloud going into the entrance the other day, and I thought "Gee, I bet it's getting crowded in there".  And lo and behold, it was.

The feeder hides the mob

Remove the feeder and the bees bubble up

Bees building things they shouldn't on the inner cover

Looked at the hive body itself, and yep, crowded.

Help!  Not enough square footage!  We bee crowded!  (ha ha)

They'd used all but the last two frames.  Time for the second hive body.

All done

And I got some lovely beeswax to boot.  This was all stuck to the inner cover, and I though I would have preferred to put it back for them to use, there was nowhere to put it gracefully.  So yeay!  Beeswax!

Easy peasy. 

Oh, I thought I'd show you my assistant.  He's my go-to guy for pumping the smoker.  He also stayed nearby during my work on the bees today ---basically he crouched in the corner by the tree and said helpful things like "They can't get me because they can't see me" and "EEEEEEEW!  What is that?" and "How come I don't see the queen?  Can I see the queen?  Where are the babies?  Can I see?".

 My responses, because I like to be calm around the bees as to not get stung, mostly were "Reid, stop talking.  Stop talking Reid.  Really Reid, you have to stop talking.  Reid, I don't want to get stung, so stop talking.".  Mostly done out of the side of my mouth.  Such talent. 

I did not get stung.  Woo hoo!
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  1. Congrats on not getting stung! I personally don't go anywhere near our hives without my full decontamination... er, bee suit on. But my macho hubby was adding the second deep super the other day and didn't want to waste time getting suited up because he wasn't opening the actual hive. Yeah - he got stung once on the arm. Men...

  2. This is so awesome! I love that huge hunk of wax and seeing such a healthy thriving hive! I've been stung twice and I now wear my suit just to feed them. It wasn't pleasant.


    Darn cute assistant you have there. : )


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