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  1. #1
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    Default 1st Year Inspection - Help !

    Just finished first hive inspection and the good news is there seem to be plenty of honey in the top of the hive. Wintered on 3 mediums. Did find some concerning comb and what looks like necter but I cannot imaging where they are getting it. I've watched them bring in pollen on the warm days for the past 4-5 weeks but haven't seen anything blooming. The muddy looking comb and honey were concerning. BTW no chemicals in the hive all summer and have not been feeding them at all.

    I appreciate any opinions.
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    Default Re: 1st Year Inspection - Help !

    All normal, sometimes honey that's been in the brood nest a while can look like that.

    Many bees in the hive?
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: 1st Year Inspection - Help !

    2nd that motion - all in favor say "aye"

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    Default Re: 1st Year Inspection - Help !

    Thanks. I wouldn't call this a strong hive but I'm new. Looks like a 4-5 frames covered in bees the rest a bit scattered. Not much brood just scattered on 3 frames.

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    Default Re: 1st Year Inspection - Help !

    Maples have been blooming for a few weeks now. They don't have flowers exactly, but they do have pollen.

    Dark comb is brood comb.

    Scattered brood could be a problem. I have seen colonies in this area move off brood in favor of being closer to honey. It sets them back pretty badly.
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    Default Re: 1st Year Inspection - Help !

    Where would they be getting necter this time of year? Several frames had a lot of uncapped honey/necter. Just trying to learn the local sources.

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    Default Re: 1st Year Inspection - Help !

    NWABeek, could you post a pic of the brood?
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  8. #8
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    Default Re: 1st Year Inspection - Help !

    Here are two more. Didn't get a good shot of the brood patter but I think you can see it below. The other pic looks liked capped honey and necter but there are also some odd looking stuff in a few cells. What do you guys think?
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