Just hived our 2 sets of bees this past Monday (4/30), as most of you know
I plan to make sure the queens have been released this Friday (5/4) around noon. Their cages are on the bottom boards. What I would like to know is if I need to use a smoker upon this inspection?
I have read that smoking sets them back a few days, and I don't want to do that to them this early if I can help it.
So, Friday, do I smoke when I search for her, and get her cage out? I would hate for them to go nuts on me, and that is what I was worried about. Please ADVISE.
Also, on a side note, after this inspection, would a 14 day period (2 weeks) be enough time to wait for the next inspection, to check for eggs, ect.?
Thank you all so much for being patient with me!