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Hive Inspection 5/29/16

Bees

Hello Everyone! We've decided to start a new blog series addressing our hive inspections. Although bees are a new addition to the farm, we thought it might be helpful to other new beekeepers to read our inspection logs. We have certainly spent many hours reading others inspection posts. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the comments below. If you see any mistakes we've made or corrections that need fixed, we appreciate that input as well! Happy reading!
Note: In future posts we will include copies of our hive inspection sheets, as well as photos.
Hive 1
Hive population is very low. Swarm was collected in a snow storm and it's believe several bees got wet. Cold temperatures followed hiving of swam and about half of the population died. Currently, queen is present and laying. Minimal comb on both sides of 2 frames. Frames are plastic.
Hive 2
Good population. Comb is being drawn on half of frames. Good brood development, eggs visualized. Frames are wax.
Hive 3
High population. Comb is being drawn on 3/4 of frames. Excellent brood development, eggs visualized. Some brace comb.  Plastic Frames.
Hive 4
Good population. Comb is being drawn on half of frames.  Excellent brood development, eggs visualized. Some brace comb with brood.  Plastic Frames. Queen Cell present!
Hive 5
Good population. Comb is being drawn on half of frames.  Excellent brood development, eggs visualized Plastic Frames. Major burr comb with brood on lower frame. Damaged during inspection. 


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