I am absolutely thrilled with my hives progress. There are close to twice as many bees in that hive as there were Saturday. They are furiously populating.
They have gone from filling 2 and a half of the frames that came in the nuc to almost filling all five. They've even starting paying a little attention to the new frames in the hive.
I didn't do much on the inspection because we were dodging rain showers all day and I didn't want to have them open while it was raining.
I scraped off some extra wax that they were putting in places I didn't want and I didn't know what to do with it, so I stuck it to some of the outside frames to encourage them to go to those. I don't know if that's right, but I figure, why not. I dropped a piece in the bottom of the hive and a bee tried to drag it away, so I figure they are attached to it.
I don't know what I'm looking at yet, but there were know beetles, I didn't see any mites and there was a thick coating of bees and capped brood on 4 solid frames. All that in 4 days, I'm pretty pleased.
I did get stung and of course I came home to an empty box of benadryl. It was going to happen sooner or later, might as well get it over with. She got me right through my jeans. Poor thing got herself caught between my jacket and my pants. Itches, but even if it is an allergic reaction, it seems to be a mild one.
|April 27th so many more bees, and they've grown it seems|