So now that I have been on a little break (and given the bees a little break) . . . I am gathering my thoughts about my second inspection which will be +16 days after install (Sunday)
2nd Inspection: What the bees are supposed to be doing . . .
- Queen laying eggs
- Raising young
- Collecting pollen & nectar
- Building comb
- Capping honey?
- Strength of hives? need to add brood to weak one?
Here is what the Dummies book says: Getting ready
- Open the hive between 10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Sunny day to look for eggs/larvae
- Get geared up and light smoker, no scents (put away your Old Spice)
- Puff some smoke at entrance/top wait a few minutes
- Remove top and inner cover (pray no comb in the top feeder area)
- Use hive tool to move the #2 or #9 frame (10 frame box) to break it loose
- lift straight up. Avoid killing bees.
- Using #2 or #9 allows to place the final frame back into it place without squishing bees against the hard side of the box, doing this way is bees against bees
- Lay next to hive in vertical position
- Hold frame by the tabs, Get a good grip. (retaliation for a mixup here is swift)
- Turn the frame vertically (one hand head high, other at about waist)
- Then turn the frame like a page on a book.
- Then return back to horizontal position to view other side of frame
- Finding the actual queen not essential, but evidence of good queen essential
- Use sunlight to help to check for eggs/larvae
- See previous posts for egg shape and relative size
- If you see eggs . . you at the very least know if queen was here within last 2-3 days
- Since I am +16 days, I should hopefully see eggs, larva and capped cells
- A tight brood pattern is good, spotty is bad and indicates something wrong with queen
- The brood will be in a football shape when looking at the frame. In 3D I guess it would look like a large oval looking rock with a flattened top.
Part4: Ready for another super?
- When 80% all but outside frames are fully drawn, we will add super.
- I asked Beesource members and I will add a deep on one and medium for brood on the other (that is my inventory, I would add another deep if I had one)
I'm excited to see what happens. I'm still worried that the little buggers will be adding comb to the ziploc feeder area. I will bring rubber bands to add this comb to the super I plan on adding.