Most all hives here look similar to the attached photo. Yours is just different than what I am accustomed to seeing in our area. Wondered if it would make any difference. Regardless it sounds like your on your way so hoping to see some followup pics as things progress.So far it looks like my bees are doing good. I went out this morning to check on them and there is a flurry of activity around the entrance! I have not opened the lid though to see how they are doing.
I am not sure what you mean about mine being horizontal?? They will have to build their combs vertical with this set up. The bars (hence top bar) go across the top inside and then they build the combs vertically off of them.
Good news there Pam... Looking forward to the pics. :beercheer:I checked my hive tonight and they look great!!! I got a picture but it was not really a good view. I want to wait a few more days and then I will try to get some better pictures and post them to my blog. They have a nice size comb going and it is going the right direction! YAY!
Humm... Not quite the way I know bees make honey-they take "nectar" from flowers and then they spit it back into the the honeycomb and let it "dry" and it reduces down by over 85% into honey. Pollen tends to collect on their bodies and they move it from plant to plant/flower to flower and pollinate plants.Well, I am the teacher after all--- I just HAD to know..how bees make honey...
The bee gets pollen from a flower and takes it to the hive, putting it into another bee's mouth...that bee chews and chews mixing it w. his saliva until it becomes a thick substance; he then spits it into a honeycomb; water evaporating from this substance leaves honey in the honeycomb.
And that's the truth!!