Cheese Palace

Apiary: 
community garden

Cheese Palace was founded via a split of Boatmurdered in 2012.  The hive has so far given me no queen troubles and has been the most productive hive so far.  I made the split the last weekend of March 2012 with 2 frames of brood, 2 of honey and 1 of pollen (roughly speaking) and the hive has just exploded.  In the first 3 months this hive was set up it filled out 19 deep frames and 30 medium frames with wax, and filled several frames of the brood nest and 4 medium supers full of honey.  While my most productive hive, it is also the hive with the touchiest bees.  The hive is fine to approach if you are not manipulating it, but I have been stung before just removing the inner cover and after lightly smoking the hive.  I like to check my bees with no equipment  except a veil, unless doing major manipulation, but for this hive I need to suit up for even basic inspections.  The first and so far only queen of this hive is Queen Bee Mary T the First, forever may she reign.. ok, forever until at least the end of the 2013 season.

Current Queen: 
Queen Bee Mary T the First
Bee Genetics: 
Italian
Begin of reign: 
March, 2012
Queen notes: 
Very productive and slightly hot bees. The brood pattern has been fabulous with entire deep frames of nothing but brood in the center frames of the brood nest.
Past Queens: 
None
Reign Dates: 
December, 1999
Hive News: 
This hive has been doing wonderfully, especially since it is their first year! Today I removed two full medium supers packed with capped honey. I left a third box that was full but the honey was not capped, and a 4th box they had drawn out but were working on adding honey to. Go hive Cheese Palace!
Friday, July 6, 2012 - 3:15pm
So many bees... I am wondering if I should make a split with this hive and see if I can make a nuc to get through the winter. Its getting pretty late in the season though. I have learned a lot more in my second year of beekeeping but this is something I don't know if I can make a good call on. Last thing I need is Cheese Palace swarming in late summer or early fall though...
Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 11:15am
I swapped the position of the 2 deeps that make up the brood chamber. The top box had tons of brood and honey, but the bottom box only had brood. Hopefully this inspires the bees to fill up their brood nest with honey from the fall flow, or failing that sugar syrup I would have to feed, so they can get through the winter and have a great spring next season.
Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 8:00am
The bee population seemed lower today. A little worried that they swarmed, but I don't think that is what happened. I only saw one supersedure cell and I think that was there for bees just being bees. Mite count from sugar roll was terrible, 20 mite average. I think I am going to have to treat, will think about applying MAQS next week.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 10:30pm
I just added MAQS (mite away quick strips) to the hive to combat the mite infestation I diagnosed last week with a sugar roll test. MAQS is a flash treatment for mites of formic acid, which not good for the bees but worse for the mites. It lasts 7 days but most of the treatment takes place in the first 3 days the pads are in the hive. The bees did not like the acid pads, not that I blame them. There were so many bees on the top of the bottom brood box I could not see any of the frames or edges of the box, but as soon as the first pad was within about a foot of the hive they all when running between the frames. I hope it does its job, and I hope Queen Bee Mary T the First is strong enough to survive both the fumes and the treatment her workers might give her if they blame her for what is happening to Cheese Palace right now.
Friday, August 3, 2012 - 6:30pm
I treated the hive with MAQS on 8/3/2012 and when I the hive today Queen B Mary T the First appeared to be missing. Hopefully the treatment just temporarily suppressed her egg laying. I put in a frame of eggs and very young brood from Boatmurdered in case they needed to supersede. Will hopefully have a better idea of what happened when I do my next inspection of Cheese Palace.
Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:30pm
I couldn't get in to inspect for two weeks but it appears Queen Bee Mary T the First survived the MAQS! There were frames full of capped brood, and it hasn't been long enough for them to make a new queen and her to lay eggs and cap larva. I am guessing the treatment or activity relating to it must have temporarily suppressed her egg laying.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 10:15pm
Cheese palace should be ok for winter. I didn't go into the bottom deep because they were getting ornery, but they have honey in the top deep, though not full, and a near full medium of honey for the winter. I think for all of the hives I just need to keep a close watch on where the cluster is as the winter goes on and keep some fondant on hand for winter weather feeding if needed.
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 1:15pm

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