Between painting on Thursday and Friday I was able to get a little work in with the bees. They were seeming extremely active so I wanted to refill the hive mouth feeder and add another frame to give them more room to store honey.
Here is a quick video on filling up your feeder. It is a pretty simple process. To make a new jar for feeding, since if you leave them too long you won’t be able to get the top off(ask me how I know) you just punch some tiny holes in the top of a canning sized jar. I always keep an extra, hole-less, lid around to make it easier and cleaner to shake up the sugar water. Fill up the jar half way with sugar and then fill the rest of the way with water. Shake to dissolve the sugar and then flip upside down and place in the hive mouth feeder.
This next video was of me installing the feeder and another medium sized super. As you can see I don’t have any protective equipment on and the bees are all over the place but aren’t bothering me. At the end of the video I saw a bee pick up and carry off a dead bee. It was pretty amazing. I knew they are clean little buggers, but had never seen them clean up like that.
This last video is of bees returning to the hive loaded with pollen. It is amazing that they can find so much pollen so early in the spring.