Lovin' time at Coon Hollow Farm

Lovin' time at Coon Hollow Farm
Our Olde English "Babydoll" Sheep and their lambs

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Beehive Update...

Our bees did so-so this year with just one hive out of three making it. However, the one hive that is making it is doing great as well as the one I manage at the Nature Center. The one hive to the left, is shown with two feeders. I find that feeding on top helps with other bees "robbing" from my bees. The smaller box on top is the super which I will check at the end of the week for our harvest honey.
 They are frantic these days to get the pollen and honey made for the winter season ahead. The traffic is unbelieveable at the hive entrance. I still keep the hive reducer on for 2 reasons, first to keep out mice as well as other unwanted guest and to help the guard bees have a smaller area to guard and reduce the risk of another area hive stealing their honey reserves.
These last two shots are of the bees coming in with loads of pollen on their legs. If you look really close or even blow up the picture you can see the beautiful orange and yellow pollen. So all in all our bees have done well, I once again have  learned so much from them and am still amazed by  what these little, hard working insects can do...

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