Queenless

I was finally able to get out there and do another inspection this weekend! It’s been so rainy here for the past month or so.

It seems that my hive is queenless at the moment. This means that the old queen died or was not doing well and was killed off. As you’ll see int he video, the colony is attempting to replace her. I need to do more research on whether I should let them do their thing naturally, or buy another queen to replace the lost one.

Hive, Some Assembly Required

Yesterday I successfully installed the bees in their hive! Before I did, though, I needed to do some work on the hive.

wedge

Wedge comes out, foundation goes in. Then wedge goes back in.

One of the things that I needed to do was assemble the frames. I got wedge frames, which meant that I needed to break off a piece of the frame, put the foundation in, and nail the piece of wood back on, sandwiching the foundation. While I was able to do this with no issues, it was a bit of a PITA because of how I had to hold the hammer to avoid damaging the foundation.

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