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.
So, I know I have not been posting here a lot recently, but there has not been a lot going on. I have been doing regular inspections on my hive, the garden is growing and looking amazing, and my bees leveled up!
Movin’ on Up!
I did my first bee inspection yesterday! Everything looks good, except for a small bit of (what I hope is) misshapen comb, which I will keep an eye on. w00t!
Yesterday I successfully installed the bees in their hive! Before I did, though, I needed to do some work on the hive.
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.
Yesterday was Bee-mass! I got my bees, but it was too cold to install them. Today was warmer, so I transferred them to their new home.
I love plants. This should be obvious to you by now. I also love a deal, and when the two collide, I end up taking home plants that I didn’t plan on. Thus, the bee garden master plan has changed.
I meant to just buy snapdragons…
My beehive came last night and I made a video about all the different parts that make it up.
This is the first time I’ve made a video for the Internet at large. Be kind.