Time to inspect Goldie today, it was a hot day in the hills today with no rain so decided to inspect while I could. It was windy but very calm in the Bee Garden area.
The hive now has two full broods and three supers on top, all the supers have been drawn out with wax. So I will add another super, the one from the honey we extracted last week. Some of the frames are undrawn.
When do other people add supers, I have read that you wait until 80% of the lower one have been drawn out. But the Bees can do this in a week at the moment; the hive can’t get any bigger. We will need a ladder soon . What do you do?
I removed all the supers, didn’t inspect these too closely. Today’s inspection was for the brood boxes. I was looking for some swarm cells and the hive is very strong and the bees may be planning to swarm. No swarm cells located, so all is well.
The Bees were very busy and the lower brood was overflowing, still having trouble putting the full size box back on without squashing a bee or two. I have tried smoking them, brushing them etc. But you always seem to get a few that wants to walk between the boxes and get squashed. What do other Beekeepers do? Please comment…
Saw some new brood, but couldn’t see Queenie today, she must be somewhere but I couldn’t see her today. Must try and do one of Queen finding techniques I have seen on the Internet. Keen to mark her when we get a Queen cage.
Anyway noticed new brood in the hive, so she must be in residence. Checked the brood for signs of disease and all looks great.
Adding the screened bottom board that I build a while back, see our previous post. I also painted some olive oil onto the inspection tray to see if we have any Varroa in the hive. I don’t think we do, but the screened bottom board should help if we ever do get any.
Anyway I better go and make some more ¾ boxes….Thanks for reading…Gary
P.S. Sorry no photos today, flying solo.