Queen Bee Check

Today is Day 3 after hiving my bees and it was time to check to see if the queen had been released.  To my great relief (after an almost sleepless night) she had been and the bees were very busy building honeycomb.  It’s windy today, so I didn’t want to spend too much time in the hive, but I did manage a few pictures.  Hopefully on my next inspection it will be a nice calm day so I can pull frames and find the queen.

The bees built this sweet little comb in the space where the queen cage was.  I removed it and gently pushed the frames together.  This is not something you want in a Langstroth hive.  They had also filled some of the cells with sugar syrup.

I’ll also share that I get claustrophobic in my bee suit.  As soon as the zipper gets zipped on the hood I start to panic.  However, I must be protected (at least for now) and so several deep breaths are in order and a change in mindset and then I get to work.  When I opened the hive today I also started to get scared.  Yikes!  I laughed at myself and said, “show no fear, show no fear!”.  Once I calmed myself down and got to work, I was amazed at how beautiful these little creatures are.  Yes, it’s worth it!

The bees have drawn out one and a half frames which is good progress I think for just having been in the hive for three days.  On my next inspection I’ll be checking for eggs, larvae, pupae and capped brood.

And don’t mind me if I pat myself on the back.  I was able to get my smoker going the first try!  And not only that, kept it going for the duration of my inspection.  This is a big deal as any beekeeper will tell you that a smoker can be one’s best friend when working a bee hive.  And they’re notoriously hard to get started by some.

With my first inspection under my belt I feel much more confident moving forward.  There’s still so much to learn and keep an eye out for in the coming weeks.  At least today I can consider myself victorious!

Until next time . . .

 

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