Friday, April 14, 2017


New beekeepers are anxious to see how their new bees are doing after installing the package.  Be patient.  Don't do anything for the first week other than to ensure the bees do not run out of feed.  After a week is up the first task is to verify the bees have accepted the queen and that she has started laying.  It is not important to find the queen; just new eggs.  The less time you spend in the hive the better.  Weather conditions are still not ideal and taking too long during your inspection could chill and kill the new eggs and larvae.  Don't do an inspection if the temperature is lower than 60 degrees F. Go to the following link for a picture and video on doing this first inspection.

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