Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

What will we find, when we visit the hives?

What have “the girls” been up to?

Bees can be fickle, along with the weather.

Will they be thriving or need tended to?

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

 

Well, we’ve had a new experience this spring in one of our hives. We saw no capped brood a few weeks ago and couldn’t find the queen.   We checked it again a week later and had frames full of spotty drone cells!  We had to ordered a new queen and were going to put it right in, but thankfully checked online for information. We found out that there is much more to fixing this problem than just replacing a queen.  We learned that we had to move the hive 100 yards away and shake off all the laying workers, before returning the hive to its spot for the waiting foraging bees to re-enter.  Then we could put the queen in. Steve carried out this task with his brother’s help and inserted the new queen.  They found hundreds of forager bees waiting for them when they returned the hive to its spot.  WE hope we will how have success! A weird spring so far – 3 hives doing great, one floundering with an old queen (we replaced) and one without brood but several queen cells open. Hope it will have brood in a week or so.  And then the one with all the drone cells. 6 hives all in same place, but so different!  We never know what to expect when we go out there to inspect!

 

Psalm 9

The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness  and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,  for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

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