|Lots of helpers last week|
|More new beeks this week -- they should've switched suits, but they liked wearing them like this. Kids.|
For my last inspection, I put together a table regarding queen status. Here is an update.
|6/26||Persephone||Yes||Yes||Full of honey, but a lot of it has crystallized. Commercial beeks in my state are saying that they're seeing the same thing. The working hypothesis is that we had a late freeze that killed off a lot of flower buds & whatever it is that usually keeps our spring honey liquid didn't bloom this year.|
|6/26||Elsa||Yes||Yes||Completely full, but still refuses to swarm.
Donated 2 bars of brood to Celestia.
Removed another 2 bars of nectar and gave them to another colony to ripen
|6/26||Austeja||Yes. The bees were far less agitated and runny than last week. However, I don't think they used the swarm cells I gave them since those cells had been torn down.||Yes||Gave them lots of space. Will probably not inspect these for another couple of weeks.|
|6/26||Hippolyte||No, but at least one swarm cells I gave them had been pierced through the side, so I suspect they have a queen.||Couldn't
tell. Didn't notice any young larvae either
|If they let one of those swarm cells emerge, I could've expected a queen to emerge June 27 and be laying by July 7 (+/- 5 days).
However, it looks like they already had a queen, so if I don't see eggs by next week, I'll come up with a plan, then.
Took a bar of honey to make some room.
|6/25||Celestia||No||No||She should have begun laying by June 22 (+/- 5 days -- bringing that to 6/27).|
As a precautionary measure, I gave her 2 bars of eggs/young larvae from Elsa. Monday or Tuesday, I'll go in and check for queen cells. If I see them, I'll remove the oldest ones in order to select for a better queen.
|Crystallized honey from Persephone|
|Some crossed comb in Persephone. This is why I like wedged bars better. |
Flat bars don't always encourage them to build straight -- even when placed between 2 straight, full bars of comb.
|A big beautiful blonde|
|Another beautiful blonde|
|My daughter's favorite job -- crushing honey|
Now that my bout of egg paranoia is over (Thanks to Don of Buddha & the Bees for that psychiatric diagnosis ;-)), my biggest annoyance now is that all my hives are full of comb, but none of the honey has been ripened. Since they're all full, I can't move comb from one hive to another to finish off. At this point, I have to either 1) make more splits or 2) hope they ripen some honey soon for harvest before they getting swarmy again. (#FirstWorldBeekeepingProblems) My fingers are crossed for option 2.