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December 1, 2019

Guess What??

November 20, 2019

This is the first day of no doctor visits, no rain-wind-clouds, and temperature is 70° F, so I got my veil, smoker, and hive tool and went to the Api hive and actually got into the hive to see what was really in there.

Guess what? I have bees. I am ecstatic. My experiment is still on. I have some survivor bees. They went through the summer dearth and still have honey and pollen and I am not going to do anything else through winter. If they survive then I know that this colony is one to pull queens from and start my next colony from. So far, the Apimaye hive is working much better than the wooden boxes.

I think the next hive(s) will be the 7 frame nucs. I will use them like the 8 frame hives. They will be lighter than the 10 framers. I am not as strong as I used to be. If you have any questions about the Apimaye all plastic hive, you can either make a comment to this post or email me at ekpeach@dpeach.com, or go to apimaye-usa.com.

I just received two new medium supers and plastic frames for the 10 frame hive. I now have enough supers to have one to put on while extracting two.

Now is the time I explain why I have only one hive. We experienced beekeepers tell the new beekeepers to buy 2 hives to begin with so you can use one to help the other if something causes one to not do so well. I got one to experiment with because of the expense. I now know that the hives are great and will go ahead with plans to buy more of the kind that will suit my needs. These will be one time buys as they will last for a lifetime if not abused. The only thing I will have to replace is the foundation. By the way, these split frames will take plastic foundation, also.

More pluses for the Apimaye hives, they do not need painting. They have real handles rather than fingertip handles. Side note. The Illinoise or medium honey super do not have the real handles, but they have the fingertip slotted handles. They also latch together which does not need straps, except when transporting them and that is just to keep the hives from shifting on the floor of the truck. I don’t think you need to wrap these hives for the winter as they were designed for the winter. I like the idea of two colors so if you live in a hot zone, then you order the white ones; if you live in a cold or snow zone, then you order the orange & tan ones.

The purpose of the white hives is to keep the colony cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The orange/tan hives keeps the colony warmer in the winter and cooler in the summertime. I know of some api beekeepers that have both colors. They say that the whites are cooler in the summertime and the colored is warmer in the wintertime. This is a personal preference. I personally want the white since I live in a temperate zone being in Pensacola, Florida. I believe that either will do better in all zones better than the wooden hives.

I tried to pick up the rear end of a double deep and couldn’t budge it. I may be weaker than I thought or there is enough honey that the bees may not need help with food this Winter.

That is all that I have for you at this time. Ask questions and receive answers. That is the way you get information from more experienced beekeepers. A new year’s resolution is that I am going to do my best to be more attentive to posting more often.

December 1st.

Happy belated Thanksgiving. The food was excellent. Turkey, Ham, Corn Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Cornbread Stuffing and Gravy. For Dessert: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Bread with Pecans, and Hummingbird Cake. Wish all yawl were here.

I thought I had set this up to post, but evidently I am still learning a new WordPress and a new computer with Windows 10. Bear with me for a few more posts and hopefully I will settle down and give you some good thoughts.

Back to the bees. I bought some Diatomaceous Earth that I will put into the bottom pan to catch/kill Varroa Mites, Small Hive Beetle Larvae, and Wax Moth Larvae. Instead of treating for those pests, I am seeing if the bees will groom and chase the larvae through the bottom screen. I will check on the drop January 1st. I plan to post my findings.

Have a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. Bee safe if traveling and watch for the other cars. Talk to you next year.

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