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Bee News

Serenity Bunner and Jordyn Coder                10/10/17

                             Route Forty Bees

    Here at Route Forty, fifth grade works with our bees. We feed the bees, we examine them, and we take pictures. Every year, the fifth grade students collect honey combs and gather the honey inside. We give this honey to classes so they can use it to make honey products!

    Did you KNOW! The Americas didn’t have honey bees until they were introduced by the Spanish, Dutch, and English settlers near the end of the 17th centuries!

                   Exploring the Hives

    Fifth grade goes out once a week to our hives to check on our bees. When we go out we wear a special clothing to protect ourselves. These are bee suits.  On top there is a bee veil or hat, this protects your face. All over the suit, there are about 4 zippers you need to connect to protect your body.    
Did you KNOW! Bees must consume over eight pounds of honey before making 1 pound of wax for the honeycomb!

                 Going out to the Hives

When we go out to the hives we observe how the bees are doing. Once going out in the hives Malea Fullerton, Serenity Bunner, and Mrs. Donna Deal saw a honey bee covered in specks of pollen. We also saw active bees in our hives. The bees were swarming. Most of the bees were inside. But on our third hive we saw lots of activity. When Lydia Thomas and Landan Bolden went out to feed the bees, they took these cartons of bees food and poured them into a glass jar with a hole on top. This allows the bees to freely eat whenever.The first time we went out we noticed that hive one was crooked allowing the bees to escape from down below.
        Did you KNOW! Pollen is the main protein source for honey bees, and its quality and digestibility are important factors for bee health!   

        We hope to continue our work with the bees. We want to collect honey every year, this way students can study the wax and create something out of it. We hope we can stay safe with our bees, but at the same time have fun! We love that Route Forty provides these bees and gets honey from the hives. We hope that these bees will excite the upcoming fifth grade.
Honey bees collecting honey from there comb:

September is honey month. We need honey from the bees for honey month. To collect honey you have to take honeycomb frames and scrape off the wax from the frames. Once removed, you place the frames in an extractor, a centrifuge that spins frames, forcing honey out of the comb. The honey is spun into the sides of the extractor, where gravity pulls it to the bottom and it can be collected. That’s all you need for the honey to be edible.
We have bees at our school. We also scrape wax and the honey off the frame so we can eat the honey. This year we put the cough drops around the entrance of the hive so it can keep the mites away so the bees won’t die. We spread cinnamon around the hives to keep the ants away.
(Article by: Josh and Ben 9-25-15)
Bee Report
       Route 40 received new bees on April 1, 2015 which were then added to our apairy on April 2, 2013. We have 3 hives now and hive 1 hs 3 supers becasue we were afraid it was going to beard due to lack of room. We replaced the frames in hive 2 with jars and the bees are already building comb inside of them. Emily Opel won hive 3 through teh Appalacian Beekeeping Association. We have extracted honey twice since we got our new bees. (Reported by: Sara Huelskamp) 
Bee Pictures:
Bee Hive    Feeding Bees    Checking Bee Hive
            On Friday October 17, our class went to the cafeteria and extracted the honey. We had 7 frames that we had to extract. First we got the tools and the extractor out and then we all washed our hands. After we washed our hands Mrs. Klink got the double -sided serrated knife and cut the caps off the honey. After Mrs. Klink cut off the caps from the honey, we made sure that we poked all the caps with a tool that was kind of like a fork. Then we put the honey into the extractor. After, we put the honey into the extractor we extracted it by cranking a handle on the side of the extractor. After all of the students spun the extractor we took the lid off and pulled the frames out and they where destroyed. Then we opened the valve at the bottom of the extractor and honey came pouring out. After, we let the honey drain into the honey bucket and put the frames into another bucket. Finally we got to taste the honey and it was fantastic! (Reported by: Caleb Moon) 
Honey Extractor:       Honey Extractor              Frames: Frames 
Frames in Extractor: Frames in Extractor
September 23, we went out to the bees and opened the hive. We went into Hive 2 and saw no honey in the honey super, so we took that honey super off. Then we got into the second super to look for the queen and the brood. We didn't see the queen or any brood. We only saw honey and an earwig. When we got into the first super, we still couldn't find the queen or any brood so we wondered if Hive 1 had taken over Hive 2 just to store their honey. We opened Hive 1 and saw honey on the inner cover. We got into the top super and saw lots of honey. We were wondering if it was capped and it was. We got 5 full frames of honey. When we got into the second chamber, we saw lots of honey for the bees. We got into the bottom chamber and we saw brood so we knew we had a queen. The bees were very mad. We harvested 5 frames of honey.
(Reported by Trinity Friend)
Bee installation: 
Placing bee hives   Bee installation  Adding frames to hives
Placing bees in hives   Adding bees to hive
Students spraying the bees to calm them:
Spraying bees to keep calm
Bee Hives:
Bee hives
Bee partner, Mrs. Hoover at HEEC, teaching students about beekeeping:
Students learning about beekeeping
HEEC's Apiary:
Mrs. Hoover at Hickory  Hickory's Apiary
Mrs. Hoover teaching about hives at HEEC:
 Learning about bees and their hives at Hickory. 
What was learned:
At Hickory I learned that there are more than three types of honeybees and they all have a different job. I learned that if you don’t swat the bees they will not sting you even if you take the honey. I also learned the names of the pieces of the hive box and what they do. I also learned that the bees have a scent and if you don’t have the scent you can’t get in the hive. You have to get rid of the scent for the hive to be used again. I learned how to get honey out of the hive too. I also learned that if a hive gets double queen, the hive beards up and you have to act fast to keep the bees. I also learned how to get bees in the boxes and they can be delivered by U.P.S.
                                                                                By: Trinity (4th grade)
I learned how you have to get suited. I learned the bees can die quick, if a queen bee dies. They won’t live unless they lay a queen egg. Then the bees can survive and live and the bees get food. You can make certain types of honey. You can eat wax from them. Some bees clean up all day, while some make honey all day.
                                                                                By: Eddie (4th grade)
Today at Hickory we learned about bees. We learned about jobs that the different bees do in a hive. Drones are hatched, mate with the queen and die. Nurse bees take care of the baby bees when they first hatch. Guard bees keep bees from other hives out of theirs. Bees can go up to 3 miles away from their hives. They bring back pollen and do a dance to inform the other bees where it came from. Bees are very interesting and beneficial creatures who make honey and buzz while they work in their own little hive.
                                                                                By: Riley Z. (5th grade)
May 1, 2014

Learning partners, Gary and Sharon Hoover, populated the two hives in Route 40's new honeybee apiary. Students were able to learn how the bees are shipped and the role the queen plays in maintaining the hive population. Mr. Hoover explained how she releases a pheromone that allows the workers, drones, and guards to always identify the correct hive. Students will be gathering data on weather, temperatures and bee behavior to analyze how the weather impacts bees. Staff will be feeding the bees a sugar water until the flowering season begins. This project was made possible thanks to the support of the Route 40 PTO and a Chesapeake Bay Trust mini grant.