Re: 1st Year beek in CO
Welcome neighbor Jane!! Limiting examinations to once a year is pretty extreme; not only does it prevent you from helping them (or even knowing) if they get into a little trouble, but it prevents you from beginning to learn from them! Things like what a good brood pattern looks like, what pollen they're storing, how much stores they have and how comb drawing is going, on and on.
Let your instinct guide you and start befriending the girls . You'll both benefit.
Bees, brews and fun
in Lyons, CO