Things have been buzzing at the Quicksall Honey Bee Farm since my last update.
Dawn & Aaron went on a swarm call at International Paper in Shelbyville on June 3rd to capture a swarm in their parking area. Nice size swarm with a Big Queen! This was the first time that either of them went on a swarm call without me present, and they did a great job together! I'm proud of both of them.
I also found an interesting situation in one of my older hives. I had wintered them with 3 deeps, but when I put the hive together after inspection last fall, I apparently left a frame slightly ajar leaving an unintentional upper entrance to the hive. Well, to my surprise, when I did a deep inspection about 2 weeks ago I found two colonies: one in the top box, one in the bottom box, and nothing in the middle box! I split the hives into two, and we will see how they fair this summer.
Finally, yesterday was a Field Day for the Crossroads Beekeepers hosted at the Quicksall Farm. We had between 25 and 30 in attendance and the day included visiting, a trip to the bee yard, fishing for the kids, and a grafting demonstration. Below are a couple of photos of the event that was enjoyed by everyone!!!