Last Sunday I finally got the chance check my hive! This was my first time opening it since I removed the top feeder, and I really didn’t check much that time. I’ve been reading more about beekeeping, and one book recommended not disturbing the hive for more than ten minutes. Umm, that’s not much time for this newbee!
My goal for this hive check was to look for Lorde, make sure there weren’t any ants in the hive, check the brood, look for eggs, see how much comb they’d built, and feed them. Over all, things went well. My skills working with the hive are improving…I only killed two bees this time! Injuring, and killing bees is part of being a new beekeeper, at least that what the book said! I have to move much slower than I realized when removing, and replacing the hive boxes. Those boxes are already heavy, and they aren’t even full of honey!
There was lots going on in the hive, and thankfully there were no ants, or mites! I was surprised that very few bees had moved up to the top box, it was almost empty. I saw some eggs, and some capped brood. Capped brood have larvae in them, and soon new bees will hatch. There was also a little bit of honey, and possibly the start of a queen cell. I’m not really sure if that’s what it was. Next time I check the hive I’ll see if it’s still there.
Here’s pictures of the process, enjoy!
I was very excited I got to see the queen, and all the other activity going on inside. My excitement was replaced with a bit of disappointment when I realized I’d smashed two bees. When a bee is killed, it can sometimes release an alarm pheromone. I definitely think this happened after I smashed them because the activity, and sound level of the bees increased. There were also a few bees checking on the smashed bees. I felt so bad! Based on the mood of the hive, I decided it wasn’t the best time to feed them, and I’d been out there at least fifteen minutes, so it was time to go! The next day I was able to install the entry way feeder without any issues.
My nuc should arrive anyway now, and then I’ll have two hives! So far beekeeping has been easier that I expected, and I encourage anyone interested in the beekeeping to try it!