Hi everyone! I’m a newbee, based a couple hours south-east of Perth, WA. We finally set up our first (Flow) hive on our 5 acre property on the edge of town. Four days later that turned into two hives, as we captured a swarm in the backyard of our house in town! (I’ll post more about that later)
3 Oct - Picked up our 4 frame Nuc in Perth, set it up in position next to the 8F brood box.
4 Oct - Transferred frames over to brood box. We were recommended to checkerboard them, so I ended up placing them in this pattern - OXOXXOXO - (where the X’s represent the nuc frames, and the O’s represent foundationless frames).
12 Oct - Had a quick peek (after setting up our captured swarm in the 2nd hive) and they seemed to be going well. Drawing out new comb, and I spotted a lot of capped & uncapped honey, pollen and larvae. Also spotted what I thought could be a queen cup, but was working solo and didn’t get a chance to take a photo.
17 Oct - Time for a more thorough inspection - and we spotted the queen! Also found eggs and larvae. Not a huge amount of capped brood. Lots of honey. We found what looked like two capped queen cells on the frames - one each in the centre of two of the frames that came out of the Nuc. We thought it best to leave things be(e), finish the inspection and do some more research on what might be happening. One other thing I noticed was what looked like a couple of drone cells containing pupae, along the bottom of one of the frames, being chewed open by workers.
First round of hive inspection photos:
1st frame was empty
2nd frame from the edge (possible 1st Queen cell):
3rd frame (Newly drawn comb):
4th frame (possible 2nd Queen cell, only spotted in the pics after we got home):
6th frame (newly drawn):
8th frame (not much to report!)
With two pairs of hands today, we managed to take a lot of photos - it’s great to be able to look back and review what we were seeing. We would love some insights on what might be going on in here - I thought it odd to find both queen cells and a laying queen in a fairly newly installed nuc, but hey - bees will be bees and it’s been a fascinating adventure already!