Thursday, June 23, 2011
Supers, new comb
Now, I was a bit surprised at the size of the cells. My understanding was that the bees would naturally produce cells that are smaller than the standard cell size one gets with foundation. I didn't measure these, but they certainly appear big to me. Do they make cells different size when they want to store honey rather than brood? At any rate, we'll look forward to having a bit of comb honey this year. One foundationless frame they had not begun to draw out at all yet.
Hive #2, which just last week had a new laying queen, has only drawn out about 3 1/2 frames, so I didn't add a super yet to that hive.
The weather continues to be quite strange. Cool, with the highs only in the upper 60's and intermittent drizzle. Definitely not "happy bee" weather, though the bees have been very well behaved. Hopefully, the big honey flow is yet to come.