Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Inside the hives today
The first inspection for spring. It's a bit exciting for us. Are the bees going to be happy to see us? Or maybe they will be angry this time? In all honesty, I don't think bees are ever truly happy to have their hives opened up no matter how calm and kind you are.
We have three hives. The blue hive, the white hive and the pink hive (that's my one). The white hive had an almost full super of honey which is good for this time of the year. The blue hive was probably about half full. The pink hive was a bit behind. It is usually the best producer with very busy bees and lots of them. Numbers were down today so perhaps there had been a swarm that we didn't notice. There were quite a few baby bees though so all is good.
There was some burr comb in one of the lids which we removed. Burr comb that is comb built outside the frames. It can contain honey, pollen or brood or even empty. The stuff we took out today had honey in it.
I know bees are a scary to some people and I can understand why. The stings do hurt. Inside the bee suit, I feel quite safe and I'd recommend going along with a beekeeper to have a peek inside a hive if you get the chance. It's very interesting.