Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Splits and Checks...

I checked all of the hives today and everything looked good except for the Orange Nuc.

White Hive
Pulled a split and 2 honey supers off that were empty so they aren't overwhelmed with space. I set the honey supers out for all the bees to rob and clean up. Noticed some ants at the top but I think it's because there's so much space. Lots of bees but they should have better luck with the ants now that they aren't protecting so much. Everything else looked good as always.

Stained Hive
Just a note... This hive had a head butter or two during the inspection. It wasn't persistent but one would but my veil and then bugger off. Maybe 4-5 butters the entire inspection. Just wanted to make a note however as this is my most aggressive hive so far this year as well as last. They are great bees so far besides the couple butters. They've built up really really well.

Blue Hive
This hive layed in the honey super so I reversed it to the bottom and removed one of the deep supers. The other I filled with drawn comb and placed on top of the medium. I hope they'll move up and I'll

Cassie Nuc
Took 2 nice full frames of bees and nectar from stained hive as well as a frame of bees and brood that held a nice queen cell at the bottom. I checked these frames quickly for a queen as it was in the 50's but will go over them real well this weekend to make sure I didn't get the queen from the stained hive.

Lexi Nuc
Looked great. Added another box to give them room. Seemed settled and very gentle.

Kenny Nuc
Pulled 3 frames full of bees/honey/brood from the white hive and set this nuc up. I'll make sure this weekend they have a queen cell in the works and that I didn't get the queen from the white hive.

Ceirra Nuc
Looked good also. Added another box for room. They are also very gentle.

Orange Nuc
They aren't very strong for some reason. I did see brood and eggs but no queen. I'll check them again this weekend and see what's up and make sure they have a queen. I'll probably add a frame of brood and bees from the white hive to give them some numbers.

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