Beekeeping, Adding the 2nd Hive Box


Newbie with new bees inspecting the hive at day 21 and adding a second deep brood box. Having trouble distinguishing a queen cup cell from a drone cell, and I think I may have mistakenly scraped out some drone cells. If you watch long enough you'll see me getting stung and crying like a baby.

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  1. cleverjoe
    4:08 pm on June 29th, 2010

    @green2lean, the chicken feeders are a good idea. My hives are by a creek so I’m lucky there. Good luck with your hives!

  2. green2lean
    4:31 pm on June 29th, 2010

    @cleverjoe, for a top feeder I put an empty peanut butter jar with a few small holes poked in the lid upside down over the inner cover hole (well my inner cover has a hole). I put a super around it and then the top cover on that.

    For water I use chicken feeders outside the hive with rocks in it so they don’t drown. The water gets kind of hot out in this Texas heat but they drink it.

    Some stings hurt more than others and supposedly you build up a tolerance.

  3. cleverjoe
    5:28 pm on June 29th, 2010

    Thanks much for the comments Green. Learning as we go for sure.

    It’s just long grass in the feeder on top of the water for a float, there’s also a few styrofoam chips in there. I’m getting a top feeder to replace it which will be more convenient both for me and the bees.

    I scraped the stinger, just hope I’m a bit more zen next time in case I’m holding a frame of bees, lol. This was shot about a week ago, hive was installed 4 weeks ago from a purchased nuc. Cheers

  4. green2lean
    6:06 pm on June 29th, 2010

    I’m a new beekeeper too. I didn’t see anything that I’d think was for sure a queen cell. Most of what you scraped off was drone cells.

    Is that lemon grass you put in the feed?

    Did you pull the stinger out or scrape it off? If you pull it, you squeeze more venom in. I learned that the hard way.

    When was this video shot? It’s kind of late for a hive to swarm. Your bees look good to me :)

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