Beekeeping: Week 3

The beekeeping continues. I’m a little late in reporting on last weekend’s hive visit because I visited again today, Memorial Day. Today’s visit warrants its own story, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that. In the meantime, let me tell you about last week’s visit.

Laury and I double-teamed again and inspected my hive, then Laury’s hive. Being new at this, it’s wonderful to be able to see how the two hives progress and compare. The moral support is invaluable as well.

Inside my hive, there was lots of capped brood, pollen, honey, and I saw my queen again. The only unexpected sight was a couple of supercedure cells. These mean the bees might be thinking about replacing their queen. I wasn’t sure what to do, but after consulting with Nancy, she said not to worry and just to remove these cells. She felt they were “just practicing”. I’m not sure what that meant, but that’s what I did.

At Laury’s, everything looks great! She also has plenty of capped brood, pollen and honey, though we haven’t seen her queen.

The frames in both hives are filling up nicely, but not quite enough to add the next box of frames. Maybe next week. In the meantime, inside the capped brood, the next round of bees continue to develop. The first of them should be hatching during the week. Until then…

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Posted on 28 May 2012, in Bees and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Betsy, I have nominated you for The Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling Award. Please do to my site to pick it up. Congratulations. Mary

  2. I don’t understand – why do they want to replace their queen? Do they have a mutiny or something?

    How neat that you have some honey already!

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