This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

What's happening in the bee world

Right now every beekeeper should have all their brood boxes drawn out and have honey supers on. We are done feeding syrup.
 Supers have to go on. The bees will plug up your hive with honey and they will not live through the winter if you don't put on the honey supers.
 If the supers are new foundation you might want to hold off on putting the queen excluder on. Once the bees have a little drawn comb and nectar going in the supers the queen excluder can be slipped in then.
 Supers go on two at a time. When drawing foundation in supers they should always go on right on top of the brood boxes. If using drawn out supers, they can be stacked on as needed.
 Stay ahead of the bees, supers can get filled up very quickly. Check them weekly. If one is done and they are working on the second box, throw on two more.
What I see blooming in the ditches, yellow sweet clover, birds foot trefoil, red clover, sumac, Basswoods are just starting.
Everyone should be experiencing a nectar flow at this time.