So we put our package bees in April 22nd, then had terrible weather for about 10 days. Then on May 4th we did our first hive check, could see capped brood, larvae, honey and pollen but couldn’t see the queen. We did the check at dusk so there were a lot of bees around, but apparently ours are friendly because it went fairly well and they didn’t really seem to care that I was there. I was really careful and tried not to crush anyone!!!
It was fascinating to see that they had already filled the drawn out comb and were starting to draw out their own on the foundationless frames.
Today we went back in again because I wanted to ensure we could find the queen and also I’m going to need to add the second brood box at some point here and we’ve had really warm weather since the first check with lots of things blooming.
Today we found the queen Found lots of capped brood, couldn’t see any larvae this time though but lots of honey and pollen and those little geniuses are filling out the comb on the foundationless very quickly. I’m fascinated by this!!! Today’s check also went very well, bees were totally fine and I only gave them a couple puffs of smoke as we started.
I’ve added some pictures, I couldn’t see any queen or swarm cells, I don’t THINK I see queen cups but then there was one picture were I wasn’t sure up in the corners. I see what could potentially be drone cells but they weren’t sticking out as much as it described in my book so I thought I’d get confirmation.
In this one I could see the larvae (our first hive check)
Their first frame of foundationless!!!
In the bottom right hand corner, are those little red things that look like rice the eggs? I thought they would be white, but they were the only things I saw that looked egg like.
Drone cells in the corner? Or regular brood? I’d read that that’s where I would find them, but they don’t look like I was expecting.
capped brood right?
Pollen and nectar I think
And the I think the bigger, darker one in the middle is Elizabeth, our queen