A Visit to the Hive

When I received my bees a week ago, the bee man told me to check the hives in one week to see how they were doing.

My bee hives have 10 frames each.  My starter hive came with 5 frames filled with brood (eggs, larvae, and pupae in different stages of development) and 5 empty frames.  The reason for checking was to see if the bees were laying eggs and moving to the empty frames.

My dad wanted to help.

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His first selfie

One of the most important tools to have while checking the hive is the smoker.

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bee smoker

Puffing smoke into the entrance calms the guard bees so they don’t send the worker bees in the hive a signal to attack.  It also triggers the bees to gorge themselves on honey which keeps their mind off of you.

Keep in mind I am a newbie at this.  I have no idea if I’m doing this right, but Dad seemed to think we were.

After a couple of good puffs at the entrance, I took off the outer cover and then the inner cover.  I blew some more smoke over the frames and the bees did retreat.  As you can see, the 5 frames full of brood are in the middle.

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Using the hive tool, he removed one of the new frames.  You can tell by the look on his face he was excited to see so many bees on it.

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I thought I would be frightened by all those bees, but I was completely mesmerized.  I could have watch them for much longer, but I was advised by the bee man to just spend a few minutes on each hive.

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Bee-utiful!

To me, everything looked good. Lots of bees on the new frames and the older frames.   I did not see the queen, but I did not spend much time looking.  Bee man said I might need another brood chamber in a few weeks.

That’s a good thing.

Brenda

 

 

 

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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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15 Responses to A Visit to the Hive

  1. joepyeweed1 says:

    What a great adventure! Thanks for taking care of bees.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see the bee endevor thing is going well and that Bob is helping. My friends live in the country and are also raising bees, so we are getting some of their crop of honey from time to time and my grandboys love it!
    Two years ago my neighbor had a large swarm of bees in his tree and we had to call a bee keeper to come and get them, lucky him. It was very interesting to watch the man work all dressed in his bee keeper suit……Good Luck with your endeavor and tell dad hello for Richard and I, we think of him often…
    Love you all

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  3. I’m in awe. Scary stuff!

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    • The more I’m around them (covered in my bee suit of course) the less scary they are. They each have such important jobs to take care of in the hive. It’s so interesting to me. But I don’t see me working them without my bee suit any time soon.

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  4. Hey–you still up there? Didn’t blow away, did you? ❤

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  5. bittster says:

    Someone called this an adventure, and I agree! Thanks for sharing it…. and btw I was looking at bee hives for sale on Craigslist last weekend and I blame you. (but there’s no way I’m going to dip my foot in for at least a couple years!) Nice that your dad is as excited as you are.

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  6. Wonderful to hear everything is good with the bees…I give you so much credit as raising bees is a lot of work.

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