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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Blue Heron Inspection August 1, 2010

Before I left Atlanta, we ran a Metro Atlanta hive inspection at the Blue Heron preserve.  The goal was to do a powdered sugar shake on the hives there and to see how they were doing since we are having such a bad year as far as nectar is concerned.

We opened my hive and all was well and did a powdered sugar shake.  I almost forgot to do it, but one of the participants reminded me!  Then we opened Julia's hives.   Both were doing well.

Kevin and Peter who own the fourth hive were on the inspection so they opened their hive for the group as well.  Their third box on this hive was a medium that they had fitted with mostly shallow frames.  This meant that the bees were building comb between the bottom of the shallow frame and the top of the frames in the next box.  If left like that, the two boxes were likely to get stuck together in a real mess.  So while they had the hive open, we helped them transfer the shallow frames to a shallow box.  They took the two medium frames that were also in the box home to harvest the honey.

Click on the slide show below to see what we did.  We did not use powdered sugar on Kevin and Peter's hive because they don't have a screened bottom board.

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