A little update from the recently (re) supered hive. I’m getting more confident and made it to 4 frames inspected before the nerves made me put it all back together. As I understand it from countless threads on here, thats about what I should be going for anyway?!
Juggling frames, smoker, and phone for pictures is proving a challenge still. Respect to those that manage it all easily. Focus on keeping the frames safe means I only snapped a few of the inner brood frames.
The point was a general inspection but also checking in after the issues with the ‘expert’ inspection from the last thread.
- nothing stored in the super yet after 2 weeks
- they’re definitely completing the cells in 4 of the frames and propolising all the little gaps.
Brood box - from the half that I went into:
- 1 heavy and full frame of honey on the outer edge. The issue of comb connecting to the outer wall of the box isn’t as bad now with the frames centered more in the box, therefore not so much honey dripping from broken comb when I removed it.
- outer side of second frame is solid capped honey and the inner side is 70% honey with the rest being capped brood in a semi circle from the bottom centre.
- the next frames were both more or less identical. Lots of capped brood, some larvae and a little pollen. A couple of the larvae in their cells had little specs of brown which looked a little like propolis had dropped in.
- I couldn’t see any eggs. To be fair, there weren’t many open cells and I did only go through half the box.
Since I haven’t been in for 2 weeks, I assume the queen is fine (didn’t see her) as there are more capped brood and larvae since last inspection. I’m not too worried but this wouldn’t be one of my normal posts without at least a couple of questions:
- Should I be worried about the lack of eggs?
The larvae with specs… a problem?
As always, any advice appreciated.