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  1. #1
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    Default Inspecting for queen presence?

    I have five full combs and a very small comb and am going to inspect for signs of the queen tomorrow. The combs start at one end and progress towards the center from old to new. I am wondering where to start the inspection with minimal disturbance to the bees?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Inspecting for queen presence?

    Start by pulling out bars that you know don't have comb on them. Then the smallest. Then work on to the next, then the next.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Inspecting for queen presence?

    Ok...ty

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Inspecting for queen presence?

    Don't worry if you don't see The Queen. If you find eggs or small larva you are ok.
    Old Guy in Alabama

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Inspecting for queen presence?

    I found her and filled the feeder and closed up the hive as quick as possible. I want to thank everyone for they're help. I can relax for awhile now!

  6. #6
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    Chickamauga, Walker County, Georgia
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    Default Re: Inspecting for queen presence?

    If you don't have some reason to think that she's not there, assume she is. It's fun to "find her," but usually not necessary.

  7. #7
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    Cookeville, TN, USA
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    Default Re: Inspecting for queen presence?

    It's not just fun, it's good practice which gets more challenging as the hive grows. Get comfortable with your bees now, otherwise it can be intimidating when they get more populous.

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