Bee Check and Adding Another Deep

Yesterday Christine checked on her bees and they are doing awesome. She saw eggs, the queen, even new baby bees emerging from their comb. The bees have filled up most of the frames on the bottom deep with brood and capped honey that yesterday was the day to add our first “deep” box on top.  The new upper deep contains ten frames just like the bottom one and the bees will start filling those frames next. Checking the hive will take longer now, as we have to check both deeps and therefore twenty frames per visit. On top of it all is just a deep box to cover up the bucket feeder. The bees used up all the pollen substitute and they are relying less on the feeder as well.  Long story short the bees are doing well.

One other interesting thing we saw, as we relaxed at the dining table drinking wine after dinner, in the south meadow was one of our doe chasing off two other does.  This is something I had never seen before in all my years watching deer (in the woods and the yard). Then it struck me, that must be the doe that was pregnant and I suspect she must have deposited her fawn(s) in the south meadow. As such she was chasing off intruding does, sort of protecting her babies. I’m no scientist but it seem logical enough to me. A little while later I could see her back in the meadow sniffing down in an area, which is where I presume sits one or two little spotted deer, nestled amongst the tall grass. I dare not go check it out though for fear of disturbing her nest. Suffice to say though I’m happy that so many of the animals find our land as safe, healthy and nurturing as we do to raise their families.  Most people who moved to this sort of place would have probably mowed everything down. By virtue of leaving it natural we essentially have our own wild zoo and baby animals growing up right off our back door. By the way the baby birds vacated their front porch nest last week.

Enjoy today’s photographs of the bees and our mama deer. Also I’m thinking of starting yet another blog here, Photographs My Kid Takes.  It’s not up yet but stay tuned…should be fun.

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Christine pulls each frame out and inspects it, looking for eggs, and general health of the bees.

Christine pulls each frame out and inspects it, looking for eggs, and general health of the bees.

The bees cover the frames going about their business.

The bees cover the frames going about their business.

Frames are gently removed and replaced, but invariably a few bees get squished throughout the process.

Frames are gently removed and replaced, but invariably a few bees get squished throughout the process.

You can see the capped brood cells and uncapped cells.

You can see the capped brood cells and uncapped cells.

Getting ready to inspect the first frame.

Getting ready to inspect the first frame.

Our mama doe in her meadow. I suspect along that old hedge row a baby deer or two sits nestled in the grass.

Our mama doe in her meadow. I suspect along that old hedge row a baby deer or two sits nestled in the grass.

Burr comb bee wax on the inside of the hive cover, this gets removed before replacing the cover.

Burr comb bee wax on the inside of the hive cover, this gets removed before replacing the cover.

Here you can see our queen. She's marked with an orange dot. Notice how much larger she is.

Here you can see our queen. She’s marked with an orange dot. Notice how much larger she is.

Here you can see a new bee poking its head out of its comb cell. All the empty cells had bees in them as well. I'm guessing our hive is approaching 8-10 thousand bees, but I have nothing to base that on really.

Here you can see a new bee poking its head out of its comb cell. All the empty cells had bees in them as well. I’m guessing our hive is approaching 8-10 thousand bees, but I have nothing to base that on really.

New bee emerging from its cell.

New bee emerging from its cell.

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2 thoughts on “Bee Check and Adding Another Deep

  1. Chris … I don’t know much about bees but I am learning and find your posts informative and educational. Christine you are one brave woman…

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