Beekeepers & Bee Friends,
1.Green Oasis Hives:
Hives were inspected, cleaned of excess propolis and brace comb, and oriented towards the southeast today. We also put some pollen patties on top of the frames of the top box. Both hives came through the winter, and both seem to have new queens. However, Hive D (after the Avenue it?s closest too) is very light; the queen was present, but there only a few thousand bees inside. We decided to add a package of bees to this hive along with a new queen (this should take place in about two weeks and will be listed on the calendar). Hive C looks strong, with lots of bees. A frame of Hive D honey was shared among the gardeners and it was reported to be interestingly minty.
2. Hive Inspections
We will shortly be setting up a hive inspection schedule (or rota) for every two weeks, adding a few Saturdays to the mix for those who can?t do Sundays, for both Green Oasis and Brooklyn Bee Apiary.
3. The next Brooklyn Beekeeping Meetup
Will be next week at the Brooklyn Bee Apiary, Sunday, April 20th , 2pm. It?s a hive inspection/clean-up to ready John's apiary for the new season. The more hands the merrier: Go to http://beekeeping.meetup.com/128/calendar/7713861/
for the details and to RSVP.