Something very strange is going on with our bee hive.
This is our third year with bees, and we’ve gotten used to the way beekeeping goes. You get a hive in spring, and it looks good for a while. You open it up, and there’s some spotty brood, enough to keep the colony limping along. You feed it until summer, and then you take the food away and add honey supers.
And then nothing happens. They don’t draw any comb, you don’t harvest any honey, and the colony dies over the winter.
This hive, though, is weird. Every time we open the hive, we see big swaths of solid capped brood. We’ve spotted our queen several times, and she’s probably the biggest honeybee we’ve ever seen. She’s created a colony that looks large and robust.
We took the feed a way a couple weeks ago to add two honey supers, and today we opened the hive.
It’s going gangbusters. They’ve started to draw the comb in the bottom super, and several of the frames in the deeps have significant amounts of honey. There’s lots of brood, and only a little of it is drone (those useless males). There are no queen cells, and no signs of swarming that we can see.
What’s wrong? I keep waiting for something catastrophic to happen because I’m fully convinced that hell will freeze over before we have a successful hive. Kevin has started talking about getting one of those big glass jars with a spigot at the bottom to hold honey, but I won’t allow any chicken-counting.
Even so, against my better judgment, I harbor a faint hope …