This year I have a new type of bee hive…Bee Box! It is a high density polystyrene unit. Modern Beekeeping USA was my supplier. I purchased the units at HAS and EAS this year. The assembly and painting were easy with the help of my husband, Chuck.
I am using the nucs as 6 frame nuc boxes for my new queens. The last group of queens emerged on August 11th. The nucs were started with one frame of capped brood, a ton of adhering bees and the newly emerged queen. The feeder was placed on top with a 1:1 sugar syrup and the nucs were put off near the grape vines for wind protection.
The dense walls even out the temps between day and night and have allowed the bees the opportunity to build comb when the wooden nucs had slowed down a bit.
I checked on them yesterday and the nucs have been built out to 3 to 4 frames of drawn comb. They are building their bee numbers well and are very calm when you open the nuc. I like the designed feeder where I can remove the top of the nuc and fill the feeder without bothering the cluster. The little windows show the bees busy down below.
The entrances are busy and the bees are hauling in pollen like crazy! You can smell a slight goldenrod odor still coming from the nucs…nice supplement.
Fall is a great time to be in the bee yard…
Peggy Garnes is a 15- year beekeeper, now raising and selling queens and nucs. She is the President of the Medina County Beekeepers Association, and the Advertising Manager for Bee Culture Magazine.