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Hive maintenance and setup

Here is a summary of the work I did this weekend with the beehives:
 

Saturday, April 10
OA treatment to Hive 6

Sunday, April 11
Added top feeder and honey super to hive 6, foundation only. The bees should draw it out quickly with the top feeder in place.

Set up additional hives in preparation for picking up packages next weekend and a hive split in early May.

03/13/2021 Hive inspection

Had an amazing hive inspection today! The weather was nice, sunny and near 60 degrees. For this inspection, I separated both deeps and examined a few frames from each. The supers are still heavy with honey, particularly the one! So I don't need to bother with sugar water. Additionally, the queen is laying. I found good brood pattern, but only one solid frame of brood, front and back. I had expected to find more judging by how much pollen the bees are bringing in and storing but I'm sure there are other frames with eggs. I didn't look because it's a safe assumption at this point.

02/26/2021 Hive Inspection

Wow, the weather today was amazing! I noticed hundreds of bees out in front of the hives today and in my flowerbeds so I decided to pull the hive apart while they were out doing their bee duties. What I found made me happy, and proud. In the bottom super, the cells are empty but still surrounded by some honey on the outer edges. There were also partially filled pollen cells. I didn't see any eggs but I didn't look that hard - it's still early and I know the hive is healthy so I wasn't too concerned. The top super still had a lot of honey in it.

02/26/2021 Hive Inspection

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of Jim doing hive inspection

Wow, the weather today was amazing! I noticed hundreds of bees out in front of the hives today and in my flowerbeds so I decided to pull the hive apart while they were out doing their bee duties. What I found made me happy, and proud. In the bottom super, the cells are empty but still surrounded by some honey on the outer edges. There were also partially filled pollen cells. I didn't see any eggs but I didn't look that hard - it's still early and I know the hive is healthy so I wasn't too concerned. The top super still had a lot of honey in it.

Great hive inspections

Inspected all three hives. All are strong with plenty of brood. All have honey but no solid frames of honey - all have brood in the middle and honey around the edges. Some solid frames of honey are in the works and some stored sugar water. I have no reason for alarm with anything I saw today. On the contrary, everything looks good. I was suprised at how strong hive 3 is - that's the one that swarmed several times.

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