Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday's Bee Work

On Saturday morning we looked at all of our hives in some form or fashion.

At Bee Hill we were 100% on finding queens in the hives we inspected (1, 3, 4). We saw eggs and/or larvae in all of them, but Hive 3 is going to have to be requeened.  The brood is spotty, there isn't much of it, and without a good queen, a colony will not survive.  Hive 4 the queen had come in with the captured swarm.  Hive 1 had successfully requeened themselves. The queen is in almost in the center of the photo, just a bit lower. Her head is pointed to about 5 o'clock.

What was amazing to me was that Hive 4 had eaten through and removed the entire sheet of newspaper.

At Mrs. Beatty's, they were using the hive box some, but many were still hanging out on the screen.

We also went to Barhams' and Harley's, but at the latter there were so many things to see I'll have to do another post.  Preview: vintage, restored Volkswagen Beetle.

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