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Hive Inspection - B and C

Today, I inspected hive C - the newly hived swarm hive (the swarm left from Hive A, was captured, and put into a new hive, C, eight days ago). Since this hive has a queen, I figured eight days elapsed since the swarm would be okay. The bees were put into a brand new hive (single deep super) with no drawn foundation ready for them. They are beginning to draw foundation over several frames and I saw eggs and uncapped larvae. looks like the queen is getting down to business in her new home.

Hive A SWARMED

One of my hives (I first assumed Hive B but it was Hive A) swarmed today. Fortunately, I was home. Fortunately, they landed on a branch of my cherry tree. I was able to capture the hive and move it to a new hive. Unfortunately, this brand new hive is right next to the hive they vacated. I've never captured a swarm before so while the capture was a success, we'll see how the placement works out. I shot a full video and will post it later.

Hive Inspection - Added super to Hive B

Hive B is still going like gangbusters! I added a third deep to the hive today ... let's see what they can do with that!

Hive A seems to be struggling again. Bottom deep is very full but even though I swapped a full frame into the empty upper super, they still haven't made any effort to draw out the frames in the top (deep) super. But there is a lot of hive activity and the hive is packed with bees on all frames ... except the nine empty ones in the second (top) super.

Added notched inner covers

Did not do hive inspections this week. Removed both hive tops and took the inner covers out. Using a Dremel, I notched them for bee access and ventilation (the notches go on the front.) Replaced both inner covers and put the tops back on the hives. Lots of activity in both hives.

Great hive inspection

Today's hive inspection was about as good as I could hope for.

Hive B - usually very aggressive, seems to have calmed down some. There was still syrup in the hive top feeder but it had gone bad. Of concern were about 200 dead bees in it - that's quite a lot in one week. I removed, cleaned and stored the feeder. They are starting to build comb in the upper deep super.

Post-varroa mite Hive Inspection

Hive B (without the mite treatment) seems to be a very strong hive. The bees are very aggressive - they definitely do not like to be bothered. Some cling to my veil, trying to chew their way in. I am surrounded by a cloud of bees when I work this hive, some clinging to my gloved fingertips in an attempt to sting. Due to their agitated nature, I did not spend much time looking for the queen. I spotted capped brood and larvae. They haven't done much with the second empty super I put on some weeks ago, but they have built up burr comb between the supers. I removed the extra comb.

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