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Sunday, July 26, 2020

The State of the Moved Hive that was Absconding

I am cautiously optimistic. I walked to the community garden and this is what the hive looked like:

New hive facing away from the community garden in opposite direction of the nuc hive next to it.

The tall hive (tall because of the two medium boxes used to surround the Boardman feeders) is the absconding hive that I moved yesterday.


The bees were calmly flying in and out. I lifted the top and they were taking honey but there was plenty left in the largest jar. I think I am going to leave them alone until tomorrow and then consider adding a frame of brood and eggs. I hope they will stay and they looked like they were making this their home, but clearly I am not in the bees' heads, so tomorrow they may leave again.

Actually the whole apiary looked good. 







3 comments:

  1. Did you use the same boxes and frames in their new location, or did you have sufficient unused boxes and frames to set them up in a "new" home?

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  2. . I used two of the original boxes and one new one. I also used a new bottom board and slatted rack. I don’t think they didn’t like the home. I think they didn’t trust they could find food. I had fed honey to thei sister hive three weeks earlier and they stayed. So I thought my best bet was to move the hive and feed them. I also gave them a frame of brood and eggs yesterday. They may take all my supplies and not use the brood as I intended and leave yet again. I’m hopeful though

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  3. The hive has been in its new location for nine days now and they are happy and appear to be doing fine. I've fed them five quarts of honey and will keep paying attention to the amount of food they need. I haven't opened the hive but will this week.

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