Re: Hive inspection and weather?
I installed my two packages last week (new beek), and have seen lots of activity. Rather than risk disturbing the new colonies by opening the hives for inspection too soon, I decided that it might be possible to indirectly observe what is happening inside by sliding out the tray on my SBB. Since all of the equipment is new and clean, I figured that there would be dross that fell in between the frames that are being worked, and that the lines immediately under each frame would be mostly clear of debris. Sure enough, that seems to be the case. There are flakes of wax and bits of pollen between 8 of the 10 frames, which says to me that the bees have at least started on those frames (I am using foundation). I don't know how fully drawn the frames are, but knowing this can wait until I get into the hive properly. There seems to be more of an accumulation underneath the center frames, as I would expect. It's been overcast and windy for the past few days and on/off rain is forecast during the first part of this week, so it will be a few days before I go in.
Pete. New 2013, 7 hives, zone 6a
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