Hive Update – 6/26/20

I was able to find about an hour on Friday to head out to my hives. I was hoping to see progress in honey super honey production, continued progress with my new queen and progress towards making new queens in four nucs.

My double stacked four frame nuc had been queenless and it seems like there was no progress at all. I only checked the top four frames, but ended up adding an entire frame of eggs from the next hive in hopes they will make some progress.

Be newest queen hanging out on her frame full of brood.

This is my new top-tier queen. She’s currently laying all over the place and her hive is letting her, keeping the nectar to the corners. I’ve been using her eggs lately to try to make new queen cells. This hive will need more room soon.

Next I checked the double nuc hive. On the left side, most of the bees had left, leaving a full frame of eggs to dry and die. There was one frame that must have had a queen cup on it, but I decided to move all resources from this nuc to the one next to it. They were on track with a nice big queen cell, and I added the cell from the left side. Hopefully, when I check it again in two weeks, I have a queen.

Next I checked the final queenless hive, which was, unfortunately, still queenless. This was frustrating, as they had made a big queen cup, which last week I noticed was opened. I had hoped to find a queen laying all over the frames, but, at least for now, that is not the case. I added a frame of eggs from my new queen in hopes of some progress heading into next week. next week I should I either see the now virgin queen hadn’t been mated yet, or that she never came back and they are working to replace her.

Next I checked hive left which was on edge towards the end. There were a couple signs of queen cups, but I took those out. They had done reasonably well with the honey supers, so hopefully we get some rain and they bring in more nectar.

Can you spot her with her dot nearly off?

Here is the reigning queen champ, the one whose genetics are in my newest queen. She continues to do wonderful things and her bees are doing well with the honey production as well I added another honey super after seeing this.

The white parts are capped honey, ready for eating. The rest is still considered nectar, although much of it is close.

Lastly I checked the swarm hive, which was doing pretty well. There was nectar in some queen laying frames, but she was doing a much better job of laying. This hive is unique when I go through it. Instead of landing on the open hive, they fly around where the entrance will be, raising up a fuss. Think of it like a flying traffic jam; the longer I take, the more bees and a girly flying. After I put the hive back together, they go through their normal entrance as if everything was back to normal.

In the next few days I hope to head up to Andover to check that hive, check the other Shoreview hives, and potentially move my nucs to a new location in White Bear Lake.

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