Preventing bee delinquincy


Curious Fact: Bees will resort to thievery when they can get away with it. For instance, sometimes a stronger colony will gain entrance to a weaker one and steal all their honey. Once it begins, it sets up a feeding frenzy and is nearly always thoroughly disastrous for the robbed colony, which will probably never recover. This event is called, esoterically enough, “robbing.” Reducing the size of the entrance can help a small or weak colony defend itself.

Adventure Update: Yesterday there were a few bees out and about. Today–wow! I see why folks wear veils when walking in their beeyards, even when not working with them. Amazingly though, even just a few steps away from the hive you can hardly tell there are bees around unless you’re looking right at the hive.

I fed the bees again, this time with a top feeder. The entrance feeder I used yesterday can encourage robbing, because it puts such an obvious source of food so near the entrance of the hive making it hard for the colony to defend. Top feeding is very sophisticated and requires very technical equipment; specifically, a mason jar with tiny holes in the top, and an extra hive body. You fill the jar with sugar syrup and place it upside down on top of the hive’s inner cover where there is a hole for the bees to reach the syrup. Then you place an extra hive body over the jar, and cover it all with the outer cover. It looks like this when you’re done:



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