Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rearranged the hive - Sometimes the adventures suck

I rearranged the hive, and it was not a good day.  I don't have any hive pictures of import, as nothing really looked any different.  They were filling out the empty foundation that I had moved closer to the center.  But they really didn't enjoy me splitting the brood into a new box.  I got stung twice, once in each thumb.  The first one, I didn't feel at all.  I just saw her stuck to my thumb, and while I was wondering what was going on, she left her stinger behind as she crawled away.  I guess she hit dead skin.  But I got hit on the other thumb right after I pulled that first stinger out.  That picture on the left is what it looks like after 2 days; just a tiny blood blister, sorta, and feels like I have a splinter or something.  But at the time, my thumb was going numb.  I put my gloves on fairly quick after that.

Then, later that day, I was playing with Ginger and Ruby, and was taking a stick that Ginger dropped.  She decided she wasn't done with it and wanted to play tug-of-war with it, but got my finger when she bit down.  She went through the cuticle and pulled a section out.  I've got a picture of that, but I doubt you want to see it.  All in all, I currently have one blood blister, one bee sting, one dog-bit cuticle, one cuticle I sliced open on the edge of a copper wire (I think), one blood blister-ish looking cut that I got from catching the corner of a hammer claw in my palm as my hammer fell, 3 places I've cut into to remove splinters, and 4 healing spots from scratching exposed nails in the old duct box.  My hands get fairly beat up.

But, the bees are doing fine, the queen cups are empty, and hopefully now they will fill the new empty frames from the top instead of building burr comb from the bottom.

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