After mustering my courage, and with the weather cooperating nicely (84° and wind 4mph), I decided today was the day to do a full bee hive inspection. I wanted to replace their sugar syrup and check for brood, pollen and nectar.
And oh my gosh! There goes another hummingbird! They’re flying around the windows on the house seemingly ignoring the feeders on the shed I have out for them. Perhaps they’re just letting me know they’ve arrived!
Anyway, I digress. Let me say that beekeeping is not for the faint of heart. It’s all to easy to put off doing a hive inspection because of nerves. I really had to pull myself together and get the job done. I don’t want to be one of those people.
That being said, once I was out there in full bee suit regalia, with smoker lit (and can I just say that I’m awesome at getting my smoker lit?!) I went into some kind of a calm trance. I gently smoked the bees at the entrance and under the hive top feeder, waited a minute, and then proceeded into the hive. After an initial roar by the bees, they calmed right down and went back to what they were doing, seemingly indifferent to my presence. I checked for all stages of brood which are very, very small. Looking at books, nothing really prepares you for how small they are! The frames were very heavy loaded with brood, pollen and nectar. I closed everything back up, put on the top feeder with sugar syrup and called it a successful inspection.
I’m feeling relieved, and a touch confident in my ability to keep bees. I also have to say that my heart is full and I love my bees!
Until next time . . .