Saturday, May 19, 2012

First Bee Inspection

Ok, this happened over a month ago, but I am sooo behind on blog posting. We had our first bee inspection, where we opened the hive to check on the progress of our honeybees.  I snapped a photo of the worker bees flying back to the hive, they are carrying pollen between their legs.  It's fun to watch them fly back, it's like a winged highway, all flying in line on their way into the hive.
This is the top of the first deep when we opened the hive cover.  The honeybees are all over the tops and inside of the frames.
I beekeep with 3 other people.  We met in beekeeping class and decided to partner up in keeping 2 beehives.  As a newbie beekeeper, it's great to be able to take on this adventure with other people.  It makes the experience a little less intimidating. This is May and Victoria, two of the beekeepers in our group.
This was our first time checking on the frames.  The honeybees are doing amazing!  They completely covered the frame with activity.
Isn't this incredible?  We were all so giddy with happiness.
We noticed that we saw on some of the frames that the bees were building extra honeycomb on top of the frames.  This indicates that there is too much space between the frames.
A closer look of the frame that has the extra honeycomb.  Our instinct was to knock off the extra honeycomb, but we weren't sure.... We decided to wait and ask our bee teacher what to do.
A side profile of the bee bump or extra honeycomb.  They literally have started building a second layer of honeycomb.  What we learned from class is that this is not really wanted in the beehive, we will inquire with our teacher on how to remove it.
We maintain two beehives.  One is a backyard, and the other on top of a rooftop.  Our bee teacher recommended to us to have two beehives, as novices, it helps us to know if the hives are doing well, because we can compare the activity of the two.
photo credit: DK Holland
I'm the one in the middle in this photo.  Our bee host takes photos of us beekeeping which is great!
photo credit: DK Holland
We use a bee brush to gently move the bees off the frames so that we can check them.
photo credit: DK Holland
Here we are carefully removing the wax off the top of the frames.
photo credit: DK Holland
I'm taking photos of us here with my phone.
photo credit: DK Holland
The beehive on the rooftop is also doing well.  There are no extra honeycomb bumbs, which is a good sign.  That means we did the spacing between the frames better in this hive. We saw lots of brood, pollen and honey.  All good signs!  Doesn't May look so happy holding up the frame?  We totally love beekeeping, it's so much fun!

1 comment:

  1. That's great you have others to help you. That is exactly what I need.


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