Re-housing the bees
A couple of days ago I moved my bees from a 10 frame box into an 8 frame (brood) box and added a super. More room will hopefully avert a swarm. I got stung twice and apart from the initial shock, I did not have an adverse reaction. No swelling, in fact, I swell up much more from mosquito bites.
I was grateful that the bees had overwintered well and that there was no brood disease, beetles or moths in the hive. One thing that I probably have to admit, is that those full depth boxes and frames will be heavy when they are full of honey, so I’m thinking that I might go for the “admit it you’re a girl” half depth boxes. Either that or build up some serious muscle power. I did taste some of the honey from the burr comb that the bees formed in the lid – eucalyptus.
Needless to say they were very confused with the new housing. I think I did okay. I couldn’t see the queen so I hope that she survived. My husband turned up after I’d finished the moving them and as I was just watching them trying to re-organise and also trying learn something of their behaviour. He laughed when he saw me in the suit and thought I looked like someone from a space-exploration program. Yeah, if only NASA was as cool as bees!