What now?

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by Dakine, May 7, 2012.

  1. Dakine

    Dakine New Member

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    Vac boxes me Anaka.jpg Current Hive.jpg
    First comb.jpg
    First picture Me and daughter taking "hive", bee vac" apart after having the swarm in it for 6 days. Next picture is the way the hive is now with just 1 deep box. 3rd picture is testing the VERY first honey that the swarm made. I'd put one shallow frame on the outside in with [9] 9 1/4" frames so I pulled it and replaced it with a 9 1/4" frame. Honey is probably from the Kiawe [Mesguite] tree which surrounds our 6,000 acres. It's a VERY clear and Sweet.
    OOPs After 6 days I just now got iniated. Got stung while taking the picture of the brood box. The bees are definitely mellow but it still HURTS. I grabbed a piece of masking tape in the dark without seeing a bee stuck in it! Ouch!
    Anyway What do we do now. As you can see in the second photo I took the bee vac pieces off and now only have the deep brood box.
    Should we put a shallow box with frames on top and a queen excluder on the deep box?
    We haven't looked for a queen or brood yet. The shallow frame with the honey and some pollen was a outside frame. Sorry to bother you guys again but WHAT NOW?
    Eventually we want to just do comb honey. I think it may be easier to sell here on Molokai plus less work.
    Thanks and aloha.
     
  2. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild New Member

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    Add the shallow once they have 80% of the hive body filled out. I leave the excluder off when I super, they seem to pull out the foundation and pack it quicker. Great photo's, glad to see that its a family affair! :thumbsup:
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Great pictures! :thumbsup: (notice your daughter wasn't wearing the veil, nice guy! :wink: :lol:)
     
  4. Dakine

    Dakine New Member

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    She's sweet!! Not a old grouch like me!!