The Grand Kids are Back
October 24, 2015 by solarbeez
Grand Kids Log Hive
October 8…..Grand Kids Log hive might be showing signs of a comeback.
About a month ago, I was in despair about this hive. The temperature had dropped, I saw drones flying out of the hive, and the number of bees around the entrance had declined.
Sept. 3…The temperature has dropped to 87˙F. I’ve seen this happen before. The temperature drops indicating there is no brood up here. It could either be that the eggs are being laid in a different section or that no eggs are being laid at all.
Sept. 3…..I’ve been seeing more comb now. I’m not happy about it because it means there are fewer bees. What is happening?
Sept. 17…Then I saw a drone exiting. I took it to mean I had a laying worker. Not good. This hive is ‘going down.’
Sept. 21…The bee population is dwindling. What more evidence do I need that this hive is history?
Oct. 4…Temp has risen 2˙F. That’s interesting.
Oct. 6…Are there more bees up there?
Oct. 17…..It looks like there’s a lot more traffic here. I hope they aren’t robber bees.
Oct. 23…..WOW! Look at all these bees inside!!! The hive must have superceded, but why had I seen drones last month?
Note: I asked this question on beesource web site. Harley Craig answered “…those drones could have been from anywhere in my limited experience when you see a lot of drone interest in a particular hive they typically have a queen getting ready to mate or just had one return.” Maybe drones were already sniffing out a new prospect. 🙂
November 4…New comb has been built. This new queen is ambitious, but is November a good month to be building new comb?