Thursday, June 21, 2012

Installing a Rooftop Beehive

My beekeeping friends Michelle and Karen installed a new hive on my roof about 6 weeks ago.

They used foundation in their frames.  Not followers of the Backwards Beekeepers. Yet...

Frames set in the hive body.
Karen behind the new hive, which is sitting underneath the "package" of new bees.

The package included 3 frames of bees and a queen. Here Karen and Michelle are smoking the package prior to moving the frames to the new hive.

Setting a frame of bees into their new hive body.

A frame showing capped honey and brood.

After placing the bee laden frames into the new hive body, the remaining space in each body is filled with empty frames.  Over time the bees will fill in those frames with comb, brood, and honey.

Michelle giving the new hive a final inspection.
 Michelle and Karen have been back several times in the past six weeks to check on the new hive.  Good news!  The queen is laying like crazy, and the hive itself is doing well.  They tell me that it looks like we'll be able to harvest some honey later this summer.


John said...

Good luck with your new colony! And I have enjoyed your blog for 2 years now. As a beekeeper, I am a little concerned with the hive location so near the roof edge with no railing or parapet (see last picture of blog post). There have been times when a "wardrobe malfunction" or some such thing calls for a speedy getaway. It's too late to change the location of your hive...sometimes even a few feet can hopelessly confuse the bees. Please be careful! :-)

H2 said...

Nice job! What kind of bees, do you know?

Bruce said...

John -- good point. I raised it with Michelle and Karen when discussing possible hive locations and they seemed ok with it.

H2 -- No idea. I'll ask Michelle and Karen if they'd like to do a post or two.

Neil Hirsh said...

I strongly agree with John, Bruce! Before things get worse, you might as well transfer your hive to a different location. That way, you can ensure that it’s safe and no one will be hurt in any case. The rooftop is the best spot for beehive. Even though it can be a hobby, it takes some planning and caution to execute the method successfully.

Neil Hirsh