Checking a new hive & weather considerations...

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by raehn, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. raehn

    raehn New Member

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    Hello!

    I just installed my package bees into their brand new hive last Saturday (nine days ago) and want to take a peek to make sure the queen is released and all is well, but it's only 34 degrees today (high of 44) and cloudy/rainy.

    My question is how long to wait before checking to at least make sure the queen is released??
    I peeked in the hive top feeder and it doesn't look like it needs to be filled yet, either....what does that tell me?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    They will be clustered at 45 F. or below. I wouldn't pull any frames at less than 50 F., preferably 55. If they have enough food down in the frames, they will be fine until it is warmer. You will just have to hope they moved enough down to last through the cold spell. You can read Bjorn's post about fondant. Maybe you could slip a chunk of it right on top the cluster for a temp. emergency feeding. As for the bees, if they have food, they will survive. As for the beekeeper, curiosity will have to be put on hold.

    viewtopic.php?f=36&t=344&hilit=fondant

    Summary...Open and add something on top the frames, max. time 5 sec. at any temp.

    Remove and check frames, 50 plus for sure, preferably 55 plus and sunny.
     

  3. raehn

    raehn New Member

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    There is a pollen patty on top of the frames in addition to the hive top feeder, so I'm not TOO worried about food (I think?)
    More concerned about the queen. There were no attendants in her cage with her and there was no candy plug, so I used a mini-marshmallow... just really want to know she got out okay.... guess I'll have to wait a few more days to be sure...
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    If she did, she's out. If she didn't, the bees can feed her for weeks through the cage. No problem there.