April 5, 2014
Spring is here and the girls are so busy I can’t keep up with them! The bees love this spring weather and so do I. I couldn’t stop watching them as I worked in the garden. I didn’t realize how much I missed them.
Checking for Brood
I did my first spring inspection a few weeks earlier, so this was a follow-up to see how the girls are progressing. I wanted to check the brood and see how much the queens are laying. It’s easy to see where the brood is located. Just look for the cluster of bees on top of the frames. In both hives, I pulled one or two frames and saw nice round, centered brood patterns, but they aren’t laying like crazy. I didn’t look for eggs, only capped brood. I’m just not sure, at this point, when the weather is still cool and rain is prevalent, just how much brood I should see. I’m thinking they should be laying a lot more.
I’ve been feeding sugar syrup and diluted honey from capped sugar syrup. Blue hive is taking it fairly quickly. Green hive, not so much. The numbers in both hives are ok, but could certainly be better. At this point, I will ask my mentor to visit and look at my hive to help me decide whether they look good or if I should requeen. My instincts tell me to requeen green hive. I might even combine hives.
Fume Board Incident
I attempted to reduce green hive by one box since they have so much space. I placed the fume board on top (which has worked like a charm in the past), but this time they went nuts and started coming out the bottom and oozing over the top. I removed the board and they remained that way til evening.
Pollen and Nectar
I’m excited to see the trees beginning to bud, and the daffodils are out, so pollen is in the air and the girls have been hauling it in large clumps.
Yellow Hive Will be Back Soon!
As for Yellow Hive, packages are scheduled for pickup Monday morning. I plan to be there bright and early Monday morning, and will install before heading in to my day job. Will be good to have Yellow Hive back in action.