Beekeeping Honey bees (honeybees)

Hive check: 01 April 2016

This was my first inspection, though a very quick one, of the new colony in Salvia. The bees are drawing comb on wax and on plastic foundation. Queen (Salem) seen on a lateral frame. Conditions really not optimal for a detailed inspection–as the sunshine quickly disappeared as clouds rolled in and it got much windier. The light wasn’t good for visualizing eggs in the cells, but I THINK I did see some in cells near the queen. I didn’t inspect all the frames with capped brood.

Conditions were really not optimal for a detailed inspection–as the sunshine quickly disappeared as clouds rolled in and it got much windier. (With gusts you could see the bees clinging onto the comb–not a good time to have the queen out in the open.) The light wasn’t good for visualizing eggs in the cells, but I THINK I did see some in cells near the queen. I didn’t inspect all the frames with capped brood.

I now know that the split is on its way!

Love my Hive Tracks Beekeeping software!

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About sa.fifer

Lover of good, wholesome food and wine. Cooks for one and the cat. Likes to paint-- a frustrated botanical illustrator and amateur (photographer) and fledgling birdwatcher, beekeeper, and Kindle addict. Works as a freelance indexer.

4 comments on “Hive check: 01 April 2016

  1. Good luck! I hope the weather doesn’t do any damage to any of the hives but especially the newbee. 😉

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    • I’m keeping fingers crossed–it much earlier than other beekeepers in the area expected a swarm. I think they will be alright since at least the daytime temperatures are getting into the 50 to mid-50s range.

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  2. The weather has been really strange here–I was hoping not to have the split until later this month, but the bees dictated it. Now we’re having another week of “frosty” nights. It was such a small swarm that I’m hoping that they will be okay over this cold snap–at leas,t it’s warm during the daytime. The queen seems to have settled in and some of the brood that I transferred into that hive should be out soon.

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  3. If there is a lot of action, especially pollen deliveries then the queen must be laying. I haven’t done any kind of inspection yet, but they are giving me all the signs that they need more space!

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