As promised a couple of weeks ago, we went on a ‘field trip’ to a new kind of hive. By new, I mean maybe less commonly thought of when speaking about honeybee hives. Most people think about the Langstroth hive of stacked ‘boxes and frames.’
These hives do not have the expansion capabilities to add more supers (layers) so their honey production is lower and more spread throughout the season. But the bees create fresh comb and our expert beekeeper, Elly, suspects that while this takes more work for the bees, it may help with keeping the hive cleaner. This type of hive produces more wax which is good if that is a goal of your beekeeping efforts. Honey is harvested by crushing the comb when full of honey leaving wax for other uses. Back to square one for the bees!
Note on the Whiting Forest hives: (Hive #2, the one that was missing a queen) We checked to see the bees’ progress in raising a new queen. We didn’t see evidence of a new queen yet (no fresh brood), but they are still trying really hard to raise a new queen with even more supercedure cells present. All bees are very busy, but we still wait to see if they will be successful or not.