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Goldie Inspection Part 2

Well after seeing the Queen Cells in Honey1, I wanted to check Goldie. I didn’t finish the inspection last week because the Bees stop play by stinging me four times.

After listening to an Episode of The Organic Beekeeper podcast I was inspired to try again, this time with a more calm and collected way.

I worked very slowly and calmly, I removed the two supers and then the upper brood, to work on the lower brood. The Upper brood is a full-sized box; I think the next hive I setup will have a ¾ upper brood. Much easier to lift off and move, hence less Bee Deaths when I put it back on the hive.

Anyway it went well and no Queen Cells found in the lower Brood, so all good. No need to do an artificial swarm that I had read up about.

I spotted some new eggs, the first time I have seen them in our Bee Keeping adventure, I then proceeded to drop this frame. Hopefully the Queen wasn’t on the frame, I couldn’t see her anyway. Hopefully she was in the upper brood and it all ok.

I only got one sting, when I was picking up the upper brood to put the hive back together. Which I have put some honey on.

So the calm approach seems to make the Bees less stressed, I must say in my opinion using a Bee Brush does annoy the Bees. Also I want to get a frame handle to make extracted the frames easier. I found that the Bees kept walking where I want to put my hands.

See ya…Gary


Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.
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2 thoughts on “Goldie Inspection Part 2

  1. Gary, I don`t wear gloves cause it makes it harder for me to feel what I am doing plus makes me slow right down and be very careful where I put my hands ! I do get stung, but not often as I am gentle and slow with the bees. I don`t use smoke much either, it tends to panic them and I want the experience to be as kind as possible. When I take a bar out of the TB hive they don`t seem to mind at all as I am not disturbing the whole nest by whipping their roof off.

    1. Hi Marcia, I am Gary’s partner Margaret and Gary has told me about your blog…so of course went and had a look….its a really great blog love the photos and the stories. I love the natural way that the TBH’s let the bees create their comb, works of art ! We are still learning new things ….

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