Cindy Haskin wrote:
If I had one question to ask, it might be what sort of hive is both best for the bees, and easiest to harvest from. It probably reveals just how little I really know. Guess I need to read more!! ~~
1. My hive died, per my mentor, of too much moisture and freezing during the winter. I had 3/4" blue insulation around the hive except the entrances. SO, is this a common problem?
2. I was surprised outside one day seeing a bee. The next day I was curious and checked the hive and a swarm had moved in. Is there a high probability that these bees will swarm again - or will the left over stash of honey keep them home?
3. I was interested in the "V" shaped horizontal hives, but, they take oddly shaped frames too! I'm assuming that standard extraction equipment is not going to work on extracting the honey. NOW WHAT? Do I need to stick with standard hives? Maybe I could just make a horizontal and leave that hive alone for keeping bees going around here. I'm much more interested in their pollination capabilities any way not necessarily just for the honey they produce.
Good Morning Leo, Here I am a week later, and have caught four more swarms! That’s five in one week! This blessing is a bit overwhelming, and definitely a lesson for me.