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Frosty
05-07-2002, 07:32 AM
My question is exactly that; when do I inspect and how often? I have been overly curious at times and have opened the hive up to look inside sometimes 4 times in a week. The bees dont seem to be disturbed because they just continue to work. When I am just looking down upon them I dont smoke them so I dont freak them out or anything. I smoke them sometimes when I pull frames out. Am I doing anything wrong?

Chris

Robert Brenchley
05-07-2002, 02:05 PM
No more than once a week, unless you have an extremely good and urgent reason. Every time you open a hive, you chill it, you break thingas apart, you disturb the bees, and it takes hours for things to return to normal. You're probably losing something like a day's honey production each time.

If you're just starting, then you probably need to inspect plenty, as that's how you learn. Practise finding the queen each time and you soon learn the knack. But discipline yourself to once a week or less.

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Robert Brenchley

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Frosty
05-07-2002, 09:59 PM
Oh ok. The hive shouldnt get chilled since the temp in about 80F.

Chris