second inspection complete!

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Papakeith, May 12, 2012.

  1. Papakeith

    Papakeith New Member

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    It is a beautiful day up here in New England. Temps in the 70s, the sun is shining. . . and it's time for my second hive inspection:thumbsup:

    While one hive is definitely stronger than the other; both hives seem to be doing well. I did see quite a few ticks on the 1st hive. We certainly have our fair share of ticks around here. Are they drawn to hives?


    The first hive hasn't drawn out 8 frames yet. More like 6.5 or so
    hif1.jpg

    But one I got in a frame or two I could see eggs, larve, and capped comb!
    larve.jpg

    I'm not sure if I should have, but I gave one of the frames a quick shake to see what the pattern looked like.
    h2brood pattern.jpg

    I found the queen in both hives too
    h1queen.jpg

    Still no stings although I'm sure they're coming my way at some point.
     
  2. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Very nice! Exciting that you saw both queens. Great pictures too. :thumbsup:
     

  3. dr.buzz

    dr.buzz New Member

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    Never heard of ticks on bees, are you sure they weren't mites?
    If you were wondering if shaking frames hurts brood, it won't. You don't want to shake a frame with queen cells on it, they'll get damaged.
     
  4. Papakeith

    Papakeith New Member

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    Thanks Omie,

    dr., The ticks were on the hive body, not the bee's bodies. One was on the landing, and a couple more were on out outside of the hive.
    tickwarrow.JPG

    They were definitely ticks. We have them here in abundance.


    BTW,

    is this capped honey in this frame?

    h1f3capped honey.jpg
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Yes, that is capped honey.
     
  6. dr.buzz

    dr.buzz New Member

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    Yeah, that's exactly what it should look like, the classic pattern of brood and pollen in the middle and capped honey arching above and in the corners, like in this photo I found online:

    ONiellsbroodcomb.jpg