OK...I wasn't going to do another post until I got caught up with a few things but I know Pioneer Preppy can give me some advice and any other bee keepers out there who may read this. It will be another month before my inspector comes and I plan to ply him with cool drink and cookies to keep him here as long as possible to answer my million questions.
Papa Bear and I opened the hives this morning. Haven't done it two weeks. I am doing the inspection while Papa Bear acts as cameraman.
I think I should be pleased with this first frame I pulled out. My bee book is missing in action at the moment but I think this is capped brood.
The second frame pulled looked good too. After this it all goes down hill.
The next 3 frames looked like this. I apparently do not have the frames spaced right. I think this is the reason for the comb all over the place. When I pried the frames apart some comb tore between the frames. These are dripping with sticky syrup which I assume is the beginning of honey. I also saw a couple of larva in this thick comb. Would this be bee larva there or is it something I should worry about? This is hive one. There are 5 frames drawn out now. I am thinking I should go back in and scrape these chunks of wax out and try to get my spacing better.
The second hive is really bad. There is very little capped. I am beginning to wonder if I have lost the queen in this one. I have not seen the queens in either one although I tried to look good today. Two frames look pretty much like this.
And then this one with just the comb being drawn.
It was so already hot this morning at 8:30, I didn't get to look as long as I wanted too. I also forgot my glasses so I don't know if there is any eggs or bee larva in any of those cells or not.
I think I am going to have to make an effort to get out to the hives around 5:30 AM so I can breath and look at the same time. It already is feeling like July here. We have hit the triple digits two days in a row and the humidity is so high you are instantly soaked going outside.