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  1. #1
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    Default First hard inspection of the season

    All the girls are doing well and each hive still has 6-8 frames of honey and pollen with 4-8 frames of brood and the rest of the frames are drawn out. All queens accounted for and only saw a couple of drone cells. Based on what I saw the hives look good for this season. DSC01628.jpg Burr cleaning was fun!
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
    Zone 7a ~ Elev: 4840ft. ~ https://www.facebook.com/StickyBearApiary

  2. #2
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    Default Re: First hard inspection of the season

    Sounds grand! It's a long wait to get a fix, huh?
    Zone 7b ~ Central Arkansas
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: First hard inspection of the season

    I did the first frame-by-frame inspection of my hives today too. The most notable thing to me is that there is no white wax at all yet. A fair amt of drone brood between the frames and what not - although nothing like at this time last year. But all of it is darker tan, and looks like recycled wax to me.
    Since '09-25H-T-Z6b

  4. #4
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    Default Re: First hard inspection of the season

    Yes it is fun to get my yearly fix. Spending tomorrow with my friend / mentor doing the same with his 30 + hives. Pollen is coming in here and if all goes well splits will be 10 -14 days out, then making queen time will start.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
    Zone 7a ~ Elev: 4840ft. ~ https://www.facebook.com/StickyBearApiary

  5. #5
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    Default Re: First hard inspection of the season

    David, is an increased amount of drone brood common in early spring?
    Zone 7b ~ Central Arkansas
    8fr medium equipment

  6. #6
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    Default Re: First hard inspection of the season

    Yes it is, but the amount of drone brood is dependent on weather and forage conditions - especially pollen. Last year (a winter without a winter in my area) there was lots of pollen, and fair weather starting very early - so big build ups, early white wax, many drones, and big swarms.
    Since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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