6 days after their arrival, I have done my first ever open inspection - I’m a newbee if that wasn’t already obvious
I bought a hive from a local lady and they came with 10 frames, bees on about 5 or 6. I watched them the first few days, to check for ants, and make sure the badger hadn’t been to knock them over. I hadn’t been down to them for the last few days due to weather and busy schedule. So today was perfect climate and time to open them up and check how they’re doing. As soon as I got to their field, I could see they were busy and more of them than before so I had a good feeling.
They have definitely multiplied and I found 3 frames with capped brood, lots of pollen and nectar, and a little capped honey. ( well as a first timer I’m pretty sure that’s what I saw!) but I also found this cell that I will try to load the pic in a minute. Is it a queen cell? Should I be worried?
This hive was made from a split in mid June, and they reared their own queen. They shouldn’t need another one right? Could they be getting ready to swarm?
They are now about 7 frames full. I didn’t see the queen today, but I also didn’t look hard for her there was so much else to look at! She is marked so I thought she would stand out. I think I know which frame she was on the bees def moved differently on that one !
My photo skills whilst inspecting with gloves on definitely needs some help, I’m gonna ditch the gloves next time!
Do they need another box already? In the second box do I exclude the queen so they can store just honey for winter or do I let her in and double the population?
I realise that might be not a straight forward right or wrong answer! But I’m confused and not sure which is best for the bees?
Here’s another bad photo… hope I get better at this
Thanks for tips and help ️:honeybee: