Friday, May 24, 2013

Entrance feeder

Yesterday I installed the entrance feeder into the swarm hive, but I found that it constricted the entrance so much that the bees were having a hard time bringing in pollen and such.  So today I modified one of the brood boxes with a dovetailed slide which will accommodate the entrance feeder and will also serve as a top entrance for wintering the hives.  This will be a standard on all my boxes from now on.  This is an adaptation from the Sterwarton hive.

I also added a viewing window (slide operated) for checking on the bees activity without opening the hive.  You can see both the windows and the feeder/upper access slide.  Later

Only 50 or so bees left in the package.  Later

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