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    Default New TBH day 7

    Well it's day seven now since I hived my package of bees. I made a couple of mistakes in the process... namely when I put the queen cage in I forgot to take the cork out. And of course I didn't realize it until I had it all closed up again. So I opened it back up and got the queen cage out... and is there a special trick to getting the cork out? It sure seemed kind of hard to grab a hold of, since it didn't stick out any and was wedged in there nice and snug. I tried to take it out with some needle nose pliers which didn't really work to well. Trying to get a grip on the cork I ended up actually pushing it into the cage. At which point I realized I was opening the wrong end...

    Well the damage had been done and since the package seemed to have already accepted the queen I went ahead and direct released her into the hive. I stuck the open queen cage between a couple of the top bars hanging down and closed it up again. Then later that night I started thinking that I should have let her crawl out into the hive and removed the queen cage right then so they didn't start building comb around it. So I went back out around 10:30pm and got the queen cage out. They seemed pretty docile at that time of night... guess maybe they were worn out from a long couple of days travel lol. I had a torch with me but alas I must have accidentally stepped on one of the girls because she stung me on the side of my foot. My first bee sting ever, and on the first day I got my bees!

    I've been looking in on them from the observation port on the side and around day 3 I could see three fresh combs they were drawing out, two of them probably two thirds of the way to the bottom of the hive and the other one much smaller. The field bees have been bringing in loads of pollen... some of them coming back with bulging loads and some of them with little tiny loads. I've also noticed that the field bees are much more accurate and quick with landing and entering the hive.

    I've been hesitant to open the hive and disturb them too much. They've stayed in a big ball around the combs they are drawing out and I feel like if I disturb them by pulling bars out it's just going to impede their progress. But I may pull a few bars tonight just to make sure everything is going well and also see if the queen is laying yet.

    Here is the comb as of three days ago:




    And this is the way they've been staying (and why I'm hesitant to start pulling up bars and disturbing them):



    So far they don't seem to mind me getting up close (of course I haven't started digging into their home yet!)


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    Default Re: New TBH day 7

    Sounds like they are coming right along. Give them another week before you start pulling bars and by that time you should have double the amount of comb and the bees will have spread out to work the new comb. Pulling during the middle of the day when the foragers are out seems to make it a little easier and it's also warmer so you don't cool the brood too much. Everyone makes some mistakes when first starting out, the important thing is you are plugging right along and your hive is doing well.

    My understanding for the different pollen amounts has to do with the bees only visiting one variety of flower at a time and so there may have not been enough pollen for a full load and so they fly back with a partial load. Others may have more experience or better explination for this.

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    Default Re: New TBH day 7

    You need to make sure they are building the comb straight, you don't have to inspect the whole nest just the edge of it, if you wait to long they might have a comfy castle but an imposable one to inspect. Of course don't inspect if the temp is to low since you could chill the brood and kill it.
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    Default Re: New TBH day 7

    Quote Originally Posted by trentfysty View Post
    My understanding for the different pollen amounts has to do with the bees only visiting one variety of flower at a time and so there may have not been enough pollen for a full load and so they fly back with a partial load. Others may have more experience or better explination for this.
    That makes sense, I didn't know they only visited one type of flower at a time.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-Smith View Post
    You need to make sure they are building the comb straight, you don't have to inspect the whole nest just the edge of it, if you wait to long they might have a comfy castle but an imposable one to inspect. Of course don't inspect if the temp is to low since you could chill the brood and kill it.
    I think I'm going to peek in and check on them in a little bit here. I'm gonna try and just take a look around the edges and make sure the comb is straight and not disturb them too much.

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    Default Re: New TBH day 7

    Looks like 6 combs so far. I didn't pick the bars up just slid them back a little to take a look at each comb and make sure they were straight and not connected to each other or anything. A few bees peeked their heads up and a couple crawled out. All in all they didn't seem too disturbed by me poking around. Closed it back up and let them get back to it.

    I think I'll give them another week before I pull combs to look for brood. Unless I should check sooner?

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    Default Re: New TBH day 7

    Congrats! Great looking TBH and nice comb too (not that *you* had anything to do with the comb LOL)

    I'm certain there are others on the forum with more experience than I, but it's my understanding that the observation of the girls going in with pollen is an indication of the presence of brood ... is that correct?

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    Joseph

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