The “early sowed” crop has just started to bloom across the country side. Not many fields here were put in before the May long, but a few are poking through. As I have mentioned earlier in my posts, I have built my hives a bit smaller than normal so that I was able to build more replacement colonies and fill boxes. This means my hives are generally not working into thirds yet, but by the way the hives looked today they will be needing space by the end of next week. Today we made a quick round to add thirds to about 10% of the hives needing space. This will hold the operation for a weeks time til we are able to get back into the hives in a weeks time to start the supering round. This year my hive work timing and the way I managed the hives so far this year is much different than most years. Alfalfa is just coming into bloom, the clover is slowly making an appearance and my Raspberry bush is still attracting bees. Heck, looking at the broam grass today in our hay field and it has just headed out! Looking at the land scape around Altamont and Miami, I would tell you the date is more like June 10th, not June 29th and June 10th is about where I have got my bees right now. I have trimmed two weeks off the start of my honey flow and I am hoping that I recapture that lost time at the end of the season.
Here is a video of bees on the frount of one of my hives. I have seen this before occasionally and do not know what they are doing. Email me with your thoughts on what the bees are doing and why. The bees will space themselves out evenly and work in a back and fourth motion polishing the frount of the hive. I only see this from time to time and rarely do I find more than two hives doing this within my operation. Bees Polishing Hive