Saturday, May 10, 2008
It isn't easy to get lids back onto the hive without hurting the bees!!! They move so fast and they are everywhere!!! Hopefully in future they won't be quite so active as they were tonight! But I don't want to hurt them and I was moving slowly and gently but I still managed to hurt a few (as you can see in this picture!) the problem (apart from killing and maiming my poor little bees) with hurting them is that it sets off the pheromones that makes the rest of the colony angry and makes them more likely to attack and sting you.
The gooey stuff is actually a pollen patty and is used to feed the bees until pollen plants are available in the area naturally to the bees. Once the inner hive cover was in place I moved the pollen patty over towards the hole in the centre of the hive cover so the bees could find it and feed on it.
Still, in the picture if you click on it you can enjoy the delights of seeing me surrounded by my wonderful bees as I worked on hive number one.
Posted by Jane at 7:40 PM