Brooklyn Bee Maintenance

We checked on some of our hives today a week after putting them into new hives. They were doing great. In their productive enthusiasm they had built comb in a place where it would cause spacing problems so we had to take it out.

Both hives had excess comb we had to remove. One was larger than the other:

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We took the comb out and placed it in front of the hive so the bees would easily crawl back into the hive (below).

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Once they had all left the extra comb we gave the comb to our daughter to chew on! Bees wax with syrup is like chewing gum!

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We checked out the bees on the comb and they were already well on their way to packing their newly made comb with flower pollen and nectar (see the brown combs below). How the hell do they make the honey comb so perfect?? As a green builder this fascinates me. The perfection of those combs mesmerize me. It makes our building look so crude. And to think they build an environment the equivalent size of one city block in a week! With their own spit! It puts us to shame.

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The bees looked nice and healthy:

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And check out the queen! The apiary that raised her put a  blue dot on her back to easily recognize her. She was so busy moving around from comb to comb laying eggs! She was always surrounded by helper bees who gave her space and cared for her:

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Once we had checked all was good we filled the hive up with lots of sugar water to help them get up and running:

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About the author: Gennaro Brooks-Church

2 comments to “Brooklyn Bee Maintenance”

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  1. Michael Hegedus - June 16, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Hay Gennaro, Great pic’s
    This is a great example of why you don’t want to leave the space in the brood box for more than a few days. Not only will they fill it with extra (perfect) comb, bring in pollen and make honey in it, but the queen will also lay brood there that you may be removing! Bee sure to add that extra frame after you remove the queen cage.
    Let’s have the new update!
    It looks great!

  2. loretta - May 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Who is your beekeeper??? Is it Megan Paska? I heard she is the best brooklyn beekeeper around!

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