Thursday, June 9, 2011
Strange Times in the Bee Yard
This evening Aaron & I worked the beeyard prepare to set up the new queens into their own hives on Saturday. However, things were definately not as I expected. First of all, several of the mating nucs were abandoned and I only found two queens in them! Then when I checked on the starter hive, it was overflowing with bees but they rejected all of the queen cells! The last I checked they were raising 7 queens, but the bees even removed the wax from the queen cells. When I checked on the regular hives in the beeyard I found something interesting in Hive #8 where I had placed one of the virgin queens that had been abandoned by the bees in her mating nuc. Instead of finding the marked queen that I placed in there I found a laying queen with no mark! Where did she come from??? Plus, I also found a large queen cell...now, what's up with that? I then looked in Hive #2 where I had marked a queen but she dropped into the tall grass, and guess who I found??? Yes, my marked queen that I dropped! She must have lost enough weight that she was able to fly up and get back into the hive; I know she wasn't in there the day after she escaped. So, all in all it was a very strange day in the beeyard.