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Thursday, June 23, 2005

2nd Inspection

Unfortunetly, the cammera didn't have any power left so there are no photos to go with this inspection. Anyways I opened the hive like last time and the bees were actually much queieter than before. I proceded to remove frames on at a time for inspection untill I came the the one near the center. I picked it up and there was capped honey, already. I continued looking and there were eggs with young larva. And what could make this inspection better, right? I saw the queen! Her highness was walking around on the frame and was surrounded by a court of 11 workers. Just then a tree trimmer that was hired to trim the various oaks around the house in preparation for hurrican season said, "Are you fo' real?!". He then called over another laborer to come watch me inspect the hive. I showed them the capped honey, workers and drones. None of them were wearing veils, even though I offered them a spare, and no one got stung, including me. I continued to inspect and found that my hive actually had SHB(Small Hive Beetles) which, despite their name, are a huge problem! After all this I dusted the bees with sugar, closed the hive, attached the feeder and sprinkled the surrounding area with cinemon to repell the ants. Next week I should start seeing some capped brood and I'll try to take some pictres of it.

6 Comments:

Blogger G4st said...

Sweet

4:49 PM, June 23, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

Hey...did you see that on the first picture on the left side you can see a drone emerging?

9:32 AM, June 24, 2005  
Blogger j00|{z said...

You check bees for a living? That's got to be the awesummest job! How's it going?

11:31 AM, June 24, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

I really don't make a living right now...I'm a minor. I wish I could check bees for a living. That would be AWSOME.


Anyways, with resonce to how the hive's doing, the bees are doing well. I inspected them yesterday and there were eggs, larva, honey and pollen so everything is going as it should. I have, however, had to protect the bees from constant ant attacks. I'm going through cinemon like candy.

7:13 PM, June 24, 2005  
Blogger j00|{z said...

Does cinamon really keep ants away?

6:10 PM, June 29, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

Yeah...it does. The only reason I use cinemon instead of ant killer is that ant killer kills bees too. With a few tablespoons of cinemon I can keep a five by five foot area free of ants for about three days or untill the next rain storm.

11:33 AM, June 30, 2005  

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