Friday, August 1, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Planning a visit to the bees-in-exile sometime in the next week. I'll take pictures and we'll see how they're getting on.
Friday, June 6, 2014
I watched a video on Youtube about melting wax with a solar cooker. The author said to use paper towel. I used a window and a concrete mixing tub for the cooker (it was a reasonable fit, so I don't imagine much heat escaped) and a BBQ grill covered in paper towel to prevent gunk, brood, dead bees from getting into the wax which was collected in a metal pan in the bottom. The paper towel became something similar to wax paper, but very little wax collected in the pan. I'm going to try regular old window screen as a filter next time and see how that works out.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The kids came home around four and excitedly told me about the swarm that took up residence in the inner garden at their school that afternoon. I couldn't believe. I checked the three boxes in the garden and confirmed that the original box and the nuc were chock-full and of course the new hive that contained the swarm was still occupied.
Could it be mine? It's too big a coincidence. This morning (the following day) we went to the school and spoke with the principal and made an appointment to deal with the problem Monday morning. He was reluctant to let me take care of it by myself, because I would have had to disassemble part of the deck (it's held together by screws). I'll have to do it with the superintendent.
Hopefully, all will go smoothly.