Very sorry that it’s been so long. Between making nearly a hundred state signs, renovating our mud room, and getting back to school, I haven’t had the time to write out the hive updates. I also have a video on extracting the honey that I just need to post.
Anyways, here is how the hives have been (this is mostly for me).
On the 13th I also took honey off the two main hives and the swarm. On the 14th I went to the other Shoreview hive to take some honey and check on the queen situation. I had previously put a queen in and there were eggs as well. The failed queen was axed and this virgin was waiting around.
In total I had 16 medium frames and 8 deeps of honey (post coming on that).
That leaves me to this week. Yesterday I went into all of the hives at my house to a) prep for a hive move today and b) see progress. All hives had a laying queen and were doing well overall. I moved some brood around on hopes that I could even things out a bit and get them ready for winter.
The two former nuc hives that I was going to move to Oak Grove were prepared to be moved.
I packed them up this morning, as well as some 2 to 1 sugar syrup to bring with me. As I drove into the hive area and got out, I came to this…
It must have been a couple weeks ago, but a bear had found the hive and attacked. The frames and boxes were thrown about and the honey licked out. Due to it not being found until today, the frames were moldy and dirty. I ended up throwing out almost all of the frames and, after not seeing a queen, I added the three frames of bees to the weaker of the two hives that I brought up there.
The only good news is the one hive that was left untouched was doing extremely well and was reading itself for winter.
My next purchase may just be a bear fence!