May 15th Hive Check/The Start of Hatching Brood

Seeing brood hatching is one of the most exciting things to see as a beginning beekeeper. Finally on May 15th, we got to see our new bees hatch.

 

 

Here is the top of Bethany’s Hive.

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A frame of nectar or more likely sugar syrup in Bethany’s hive because they are being fed sugar.

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A nice pattern of brood looks like Bethany’s queen is a good layer. A good brood pattern is when the brood fills a large part of the frame and there are few empty holes. Most of the empty holes on this frame actually have older larvae in them.

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More brood and wacky comb. Wacky comb is comb that is not built the way the beekeeper wants it built. If bees build wacky comb like that you want to take the comb right off so they do not continue to build wacky comb in the whole hive. Wacky comb can be used to make candles and cosmetics.

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Abigail’s hive note the pollen that a few bees are still eating.

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Look Abigail’s queen! Isn’t she pretty?

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A good brood pattern in Abigail’s hive. This means both hives have good queens.
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The center of this frame is darker empty comb. It is dark because the first set of bees have hatched from this frame and they are empty because they need to be cleaned before the queen lays in them again. The more bees that hatch from this frame the darker the comb will become.
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More hatched brood in Abigail’s hive. Congrats bees!
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Over all we got lots of good news on this check of the hives.

 

Bethany

 

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