I looked into the hive I split during the class session at my apiary on May 4. I saw the young virgin queen. She looked no bigger than a worker, but had a nervous mannerism, and a pointy abdomen. I had to look through all the frames twice to find her. She will take a nuptial flight soon, if she hasn't already.
Past few mornings of blustery winds and cool temps have prevented our check for the queen of hive #2, as we didn't see her re was brood and capped brood, on past two inspections,so we knew she is in there somewhere. The introduction of the packages went smoothly. The bees immediately started slurping up the syrup from our top hive feeders and gathering copious amounts of pollen.
Contrary to my previous comment, under a different thread, I found the queen in each of our two hives. It took me several tries to find them. Their color is exactly the same as the workers even though they have the queens long pointy abdomen. At long last my main marker for finding her was the pattern of attendants. Then sure enough, there she was running around laying eggs. There's also lots of capped brood as well as visible eggs and grubs. I even saw one bee coming out of its cell. A few days ago one of the hives had a pile of bees on or flying very close to the vent hole and entrance. I was afraid they would swarm, but after an hour, most went back inside and normal field force activity resumed. Now on to making more brood boxes and the supers. What fun!
When do we add the little supers? Jen
**If you see lots of bees in the second (upper) brood box, put on a super. **If you don't plan to check them for a while, put on a super. **If you have one ready, just put it on right now, whether they need it or not.
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