We got this recipe from Homemade Root Beer, Soda, and Pop by: Stephen Cresswell
Funny thing happened last week---one of my hives swarmed...again! This time I witnessed them leaving their swarm spot in the tree going to their new home; so I have no idea which hive this swarm came from or when the swarm happened. Thankfully it was a small swarm and I couldn't keep it anyway because my hives are full. It was an amazing sight to witness though because they moved together in a swirling motion as one large cloud as they went across my yard and then across the street in the wooded area behind my neighbor's house. I don't know where their final resting place was, but I have been told there is a beekeeper on that street so hopefully the bees will be taken care of.
Today I decided to check both hives. The queenless hive that I had introduced the swarm to, now has larvae so I know there is a queen present in this hive. Whew! There is always the fear of killing or injuring the queen during the swarm catch and transfer into the hive.
For any beekeepers reading this, I need your help! Both hives have had honey supers on for almost two months now and there is no new comb built! Last summer one hive drew out about 3 frames of comb and partially capped honey so I saved it for this year because I didn't think it was worth the time to harvest that little bit of honey. The only frames that have comb built this year, are those same frames that were built last year (they have repaired the broken comb, added more honey, and capped it). I've taken the queen excluders off for two weeks to give the queen a chance to walk on the frames to emit her pheromones; and I've smeared sugar syrup all over the frames to entice them. Nothing seems to work. The brood boxes in both hives are absolutely packed to the gills with nectar and capped honey. In fact, if I remove frames, I end up destroying comb and capped honey (which becomes a real mess) because they build the frames out really wide. Help anyone??
Update: July 22,2011
This week I sent an email to the Zenger Farm bee listserve about the bees not building wax in the honey supers. One member suggested I spread melted beeswax onto the frames to entice the bees. I decided to give this a try! Honeybees just love beeswax and are drawn to it...quickly. I forgot to close the back door and had several visitors in my home. No big deal really, just a reminder...