Moving the bees

During the cold spell we have had, Neil decided to move the bees into the woods.  It is best to move them when they are more or less dormant and there is no activity outside the hive.  He moved them from the side of our field, near to where the hens are just about 100 yards into the woods. This will enable us to extend the hen run without being too close to bees.

He made a special stand for the hive at waist height, so as not to have to bend down to examine the hive.  He made it big enough to take 2 hives so when he gets another hive of bees later this year, he can also position them there.

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The above picture is taken looking down the slope into the woods.  You might wonder what the green bags are for either side of the hive. Well that is to flap about and put off any woodpeckers from pecking the hive and eating the bees.

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This is the front of the hive, where you can see we have strapped the hive down to the stand, this is to stop any deer from dislodging it.

Even although today it is a sunny day, the hive has not warmed up enough for the bees to start flying again.  But now that Spring is on its way hopefully they will start flying again soon.

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  1. How many supers will you add in summer (if any)? Our problem isn’t stooping down, it’s that the hive can get too high. Remember our supers are double height and we have one brood plus 2 supers. We know people here who use 2 broods and 2 supers and then you have to stand on tippy toe to see in the top.

    Were the hives heavy? Lots of bees still in there? I’ve been reading so many blogs about hive death that I worry about every European or American bee hive this time of year.

    • We will add one or two supers, and if the hive is very active an extra brood aswell. Let’s see what the summer brings

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