P-Series

P-series hives will have as brood boxes 3 mediums consisting of wood frames/2-yr-old old wax foundation, transitioning to foundationless frames and Mann Lake PF-Series small-cell frames. Both hives were fed since package installation in April using ziploc and top feeders w/1:1 sugar water and ML brand essential oils. Markedly slower buildup than in M-series hives (grr).

P1

  • April 11, 2010 – Installed Heitkam package, Carniolan queen
  • Initial brood chamber: 1 medium, wood frames/old wax foundation
  • May 8? – added box 2 (foundationless frames alternating with new wax foundation)
  • May 15 – baited box 2 with a brood frame
  • May 22 – 5-6 frames of brood in box 1. In box 2, lovely brood pattern in inner 3 frames; nice comb of various sizes drawn out about 50% on 2 foundationless frames

P2

  • April 11, 2010 – Installed Heitkam package, Italian queen
  • Initial brood chamber: 1 medium, wood frames/old wax foundation
  • Queen failed to lay. Replaced April 25, 2010
  • May 22, 2010
    • 4 frames of brood, bees drawing out outer frames
    • But almost no stores, so I borrowed a jar of sugar water from C-1
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