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Fourth Inspection - hive is full!

1st July 2007

Fourth Inspection - hive is full!

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Today we inspected Mary, and discovered that the 2nd hive body frames are basically full.   Even the outermost frames were close to 100% filled with syrup, and the middle frame that we pulled had a mixture of honey, brood, and pollen.  So, feeding will stop and honey supers will go on as soon as I get them assembled and we get the queen excluders that I ordered last night (thinking I was ordering them well ahead of the fall nectar flow).

We had been telling ourselves that this year was all about establishing the colonies, and perhaps we’d get a honey harvest next year.  It looks like we were pessimistic!  Of course a lot of what is in the comb presently is syrup or a combination of syrup and nectar, so it remains to be seen how much pure nectar the girls are bringing home.

After the general feistiness of the hives while feeding, I was a bit nervous about opening a hive.   It turned out that the girls were pretty mellow, although Amanda received her first sting.  It wasn’t too bad, and I hope it will help her get over her anxiety - it’s one of those situations where the anticipation is worse than the actuality.

In any case, a pitcher of sangria is easing the pain!

 –Justin

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  1. 1 On September 30th, 2007, helen bee said:

    helen bee

    While I was picking up this pupa, another bee with another pupa flew out. It rose slowly due to the extra weight, but did not drop the pupa.

  2. 2 On January 27th, 2009, Maura said:

    Nice work! I’ll have to do a cross post on this one ;)

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