Brother B's Bees: First Inspection of 2021 (looking for Queens)Jun 11, 2021
Well I'm in the hives, what I'm doing is seeing which hives have minimal activity in case there is a problem in the hive, so I'm just
lookingto see where I don't see much happening. I can see that there are
beesin the front of this hive. We just made this hive bigger here so they can face south, which helps them on cold days because they can go out on that landing pad to warm up their flight muscles in the sun and then they can remove this hive, you can see that It is very active, just a small box hive.
Now I notice that the two that I see the least activity on are this brown hive. We have some
beescoming and going, but there is not much activity in this brown hive. hive I have pretty decent activity in this white hive here the flower hive lots of activity here I also have minimal activity in this hive here this is what I call my bucket storm hive so the two I'm most concerned about are this hive and my brown hive so those are the two hives I'm going to take a look at as we have a nice warm day it's the
firstday of January
2021in the mid 70's so let's take advantage of the heat to make some
inspections of the hive, okay, I'm going to look in my brown hive that came from my
firstswarm, one of my hives appeared again in March of last year and that is the origin of the colony that is in what I call my brown hive, so I also have what I call my cube hive.
It was my last swarm of the season in June that I was able to get. They were on a branch high in the air and I had to climb onto a tractor bucket to get there. them, so it's basically the first swarm colony and the last swarm colony with both. I don't see much activity around the entrance so I just want to make sure they are okay and have live
queensso we can go in on this nice warm day and see what we find in this hive I call my makeshift sugar feeder. It's just a shoe box with a hole in the bottom and a piece of wood glued to the top.
It works and is very economical. There's a lot of bees here, which is encouraging, they're a little cranky today, um, okay, there's the queen, she's crawling to the bottom, she's not marked in this hive, man, she's a pretty queen, a big queen and old, so it seems like they are recovering. This hive had had some problems. I tweeted that I treated them twice for mites and am encouraged that they look better so I know where the queen is. I don't see beer, I normally don't expect to see it. a lot of brood this time of year although some of my hives do have some brood this time of year so again there's the queen okay the queen was in this frame here I just wanted to check and make sure they were okay .
I'm not going to look for hatchlings because I'm not really worried about hatchlings this time of year. Mainly I just wanted to make sure the queen was okay and
lookinggood after my mite treatments, let's get through this. The queen of the hive is fine. Well, that completes our
inspectionof the brown hive. Now we will move on to the bucket hive. This is what I call the bucket hive. There is activity in the hive, but not much, so I'm going inside. and just make sure the queen is okay. One thing I noticed is that I don't have many bees here at the sugar feeder, of course it's a warm day and they are actually collecting pollen on the other side of the road.
There's an external pollen feeder there and I don't know if you can tell from here that it's full of bees, but I want to go in and make sure this hive is okay, okay, there are bees in here, but I just don't see. lots of them, lots of honey in this hive. Look, there's a lot of honey covered up here. It's pretty dark. Remember I didn't catch this swarm until June, so a lot of dark game here late in the season, through the winter, they move on, but. Today it seems to me that the bees are at the bottom of the box.
Well, as I look at this box, six of these eight boxes, these six in the middle are loaded with honey. Now what I have found is that in the other hive. I looked at the group was in the top box in this hive, the group is in the bottom box, so let's take a look at it real quick. You can see that the group is right here, here in the middle, that's just what they will group together in the winter, although it is said that it is very hot today. What I would like to do first of all, I want to make sure that they still have a queen.
They have reduced significantly, but that is normal for winter. but I would just like to make sure I have a healthy queen as a side note, it would be interesting to see if they have any brood. Okay, you've got a little bit of clogged honey here on the outside, but you've got plenty of bee bread here. which is pollen mixed with nectar, that's good. I would expect to see the queen in one of these two frames. Let's see, that's the case. Hey, there's breeding, so we have a queen breeding right there. In fact, I see larvae down there, so we definitely have a healthy queen that you see over here in the sun look, we have hatchlings there hatchlings and larvae down there like that one with beer larva larva saying it has a larva inside we have larvae scattered all over there is a very good sign, you see right there, you see some orange pollen and that one over there, this is January 1st, okay, let's put this back in the same direction that they built them in a particular order, so I would like to keep it. sort them all right here's the deal I don't see a queen there aren't many bees here I should see her it's absolutely possible that I've missed her so I'm going to systematically go through each of these frames again to see if I see her now, she could have been in the top frame, but I looked at all those frames, it didn't burn and the calf is in the bottom frame, that's why they have been left at the bottom and that's also why I haven't seen them. up on that feeder the top feeder a lot there she is there see you well let me see if I can take a picture of her well she's there that's the queen going right there I really need to mark her but it's her on right up there on my finger, going back in the other direction, be sure to find it again when you replace a frame.
I really like to know where she is, so she's there, that's her, so let's put this back very carefully into this group. could easily be reduced to a box. I'm going to think we're going to get cold enough here in the south to be a problem for them and in fact inside the hive is one of the best places to store honey which I don't want. use it myself until I know they don't need it anymore, okay, I wanted to know, so your group just clustered at the bottom of the particular hive. I made the lid from an old bathroom cabinet door, a big, old, thick lid. a thick door and it has worked well, what we have done today is we have gone into two of the hives, the ones I saw with the least activity are in the mid 70's today so you have a lot of foraging going on. is happening but they seem to be doing well, they found
queensin both hives and in fact in one of the hives I was able to find broods inside the hive with some larvae that had not even been covered yet so it seems that they are It's going well, so from here on out.
On the first day of January
2021I feel comfortable with where they are with the other hives. I see a lot of activity in and around the hives, of course it's hot today so they are bringing in pollen, so all things considered, We're good, thanks for joining me again for the sister bees.
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