In my last email, I talked about increasing the number of my hives. I had one hive swarm and captured the swarm into a new hive.
The old have made new queens. I took a couple of those queens in their cocoon and created yet another new hive – and it worked.
I put the old queen cells into a new small box with some frames and let them sit for a couple weeks. This lets the new queen hatch and start running the hive.
The bees accepted the new queen from a different hive. I could tell they accepted her and were building out new honey comb and she was laying new eggs. So they were ready to move into a new box to expand.
So I take the frames from the starter box and move them into a regular 10 frame hive box.
It’s a great year for honey. The bees seem to be getting a lot of nectar and pollen. The ” honey flow” should be beginning now.
Honey flow is a time when one or more major nectar sources are in bloom and the weather is favorable for bees to fly and collect the nectar in abundance.
Honeybees are fast – they visit up to about 40 flowers per minute depending on floral type, nectar availability and weather conditions.
A bee will visit 100–1000 flowers per trip from the hive.
A single bee will do an average of 10 trips per day. A hive may have thousands of forager bees.
A hive can gain 8 to 20 pounds in a single day.
In two days a strong hive with more than 20,000 foragers may fill a honey super. This is for nectar, ripe honey has its water fraction reduced significantly.