Monday, April 28, 2014

First full hive inspection

I did my first full inspection today.  I saw a lot of pollen, and a lot of syrup stores, but not any honey.  Of course, it's possible that I'm mistaking honey for pollen, but I don't think so.  For one thing, none of the capped cells looked like they had anything dark in them, which means it was all syrup.  I did find the queen though, and saw cells with eggs, and those cells were clustered properly.  I didn't see any lavae, and I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to see larvae by now, but maybe I'm wrong.

The frames with eggs weren't centered in the hive, though.  I think they were centering on the boardman feeder off to one side instead.  I've never heard of that before, but maybe it's normal.  I put the boardman inside on top of the inner cover and put an empty body on it to keep it from the ants and robbers, and I removed the entrance reducer.  It looked like the bees were getting congested trying to get through it, so I thought it may be doing more harm than good.

I checked on them again tonight to fill the feeder, and there are ants on it already.  I'm going to probably try cinnamon tomorrow, but I'm afraid of getting it on the bees; I'm not sure what it will do.

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