Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Beekeeping experience with the small horizontal hive.
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Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 17 Mar 2018, 15:55

Empty hive placed at 3 meters above ground level to attract a swarm.
Entrance facing south.
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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 08 May 2018, 10:28

Yesterday, I put a rather small swarm in this hive.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqzyx9R4QpI

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 08 May 2018, 18:39

The bees are still in the hive. Worker bees bring home some pollen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5beeRnkBsR4

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 13 Jun 2018, 15:39

I opend the hive today, nearly 5 weeks later to population.
Everything seems to bee all right.

Video documentary : https://youtu.be/28IDf137uYg

Observations:
  • Caterpillars in the hive roof.
  • Combs have been extended into the entire hive body. Large amount of capped brood. The last comb is attached to the queen excluder at one position.
  • Some comb has been started (but discontinued ?) in the honey frame. No comb in the back.
  • The queen excluder is propolised in the borders.
  • I had to use some smoke to calm the bees.
  • Some dead bees squased by the frame.
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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 27 Jun 2018, 22:45

During last week I observed significantely reduced foraging activity compared to the weeks before.
I am surprised by this as Castanea sativa is flowering nearby and during last inspection there was a lot of capped brood of worker bees. In contract to Hive 01, bees also dont cluster outside the hive despite the hot weather.

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 26 Jul 2018, 18:28

Bees are clustering outside the hive entrance. One Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) next to the hive.

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 06 Aug 2018, 18:49

I repeatedly observed Vespa velutina hunting next to the hive entrance during last weeks.

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 17 Aug 2018, 11:29

Increased preasure of Vespa velutina.
I observed up to four individuals at a time next to the hive entrance and signs of rivality.
Some bees cluster next to the entrance.
In contrast to Hive 01, bees don't reduce the entrance size and forage activity is increased.

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