I conducted my third hive inspection. Everything looks ship-shape and the first ba-bees have emerged from their wax cells to begin their lives as workers. Can you spot the Queen bee in this photo?
In this video, I open the beehive for the second hive inspection and also look for my queen bee.
So today, I did my first full hive inspection since installing the bees. Those who visit this site often (or our Facebook page) know that this is my first time at the races when it comes to beekeeping. I'm excited at what I'm learning.
The bees were successfully hived yesterday and seem to be busy today with orientation flights and other new household duties, including tossing a few dead bees out the front door.
My bees will come next Saturday and I'll be hiving them! Yesterday, I did a mock trial run just to make sure I have all the parts and pieces in place.
I wanted to do it last year, but wasn't ready. This year, I will make my first steps into beekeeping, following in the footsteps of a good friend, Paul. I have ordered my hive boxes and supplies and just need to find a good local apiary now.