On Sunday, with the warmer weather and the spring nectar flow it was time to build up the hive. This was the first time opening the hive since late Fall. So this was a chance to see how they over wintered and spot if there were any diseases present.
Well, happy to say the feral hive that we captured 2 years ago are doing well. The broods and the queen looked healthy with no signs of disease – thank God.
Opening up the hive for inspection.
So far so good.
There she is – the queen bee!
Can you spot her? To a trained eye she’s easy to spot. Look for bee that’s the biggest and a little darker than the rest.
Though slightly agitated, the bees really were very docile. Show no fear and they will likely not bother you. Hey, you are talking to a beekeeper’s daughter. Believe me I know.
I love the smell of smoke in the afternoon.
Off come the super’s box. Don’t have a clue what I am talking about? Sorry. Learn more about beekeepers lingo
Out come the super frames.
Checking supers and not being tempted to lick some of that golden honey.
Added a second brood box to the hive to give the bees room to expand during the spring honey flow. Now putting back the supers.
All done. No stings, the bees got an extra addition to their home. Now we just wait and let them do their thing.
Hopefully it’ll be another good honey year, especially since the orange trees are finally loaded with flower buds. In a couple months it will be time to do some honey extraction. So stay tuned for all the finger licking fun.