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  1. #1
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    I hived 2 packages (total newbee here) in tbh on May 25th. Did the first real inspection today (we had crummy weather for a long time, so I basically just opened the hives to feed). They are busy building comb pretty nicely, only slight bulges in the middle of the top bars here and there. They have built on about 6 bars, each is about 1/8 to 2/3 finished.
    Found some pollen and honey storage, some capped, but did not see any eggs or brood. Will the queens start laying? Should I just give them some time before being concerned?

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    Were you looking through a screen head net? Dem eggs is hard ta see Eh? Hmmm concerned momma! Pappa had the same worry. you'll know in two more weeks if new little bees are about. Maybee wise beek'll give us some advice.

  3. #3
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    Berkey, OH, USA
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    Hi Space
    Yeah like Human said, very hard to see eggs on new comb, especially for a newbee. Sounds like you are off to a good start. i would't worry about it, check them again in a week.

    Try holding the bar with the sunlight to your back, over your shoulder. You will no doubt see some larva and eggs by then.

  4. #4
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    Space Bee,
    You didn't say that you actually saw a queen, though you did refer to "queens"...
    If you didn't see a queen, you do have a problem that you need to address NOW.
    If you do see a queen, watch her for a couple of minutes and see if she pokes her tail in a cell for a minute...then look in after she leaves...you will probably see an egg...

  5. #5
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    Look at the many wonderful pictures posted on here from time to time or do a search on yahoo or google for images of capped brood, eggs, open brood, pollen and honey. You need to know what they all look like.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  6. #6
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    Thanks everyone.
    Yep, no veil is the way to go: saw beautiful eggs, larvae and capped brood in both hives. (Finally having the sun out may help too). Everything seems fine.

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    Getting comb in a direct line with the sunlight where the sunlight hits the bottom of the cells is necessary in order to see eggs.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  8. #8
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    "Everything works if you let it", right? [img]smile.gif[/img] It really is true.

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