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  1. #1
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    Smile 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    This is my first hive ever and I am feeling like a proud momma over here! 13 days after installing my bee package and I found that they had filled up nearly all of their medium, 8 frame super with beautiful comb. I also saw quite a bit of pollen and nectar, a small amount of larvae, the queen, some capped honey and even some teeny tiny eggs! I was shocked by how tiny the eggs were and so excited to have seen them. I am feeling pretty good about it.

    I added the 2nd super today. I hope that was the right thing to do. I had read that it should be done when the bees had drawn out nearly all of the frames with comb and, as of today, they only had the outside of the end frames left to do.

    Beekeeping is such a thrill and a fascinating learning experience! The advice from this forum is invaluable and I am grateful to have your experiences and wisdom as a resource. Can't wait for next week's check!!!

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    That's a real good colony and one beautiful queen.
    I would recommend at least one more hive though just in case.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    your end frames are the hardest to get done ,so you should switch the one next to it if it is drawn out,or put the fullest frame on wall

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    Real nice looking. Love that awesome queen too.
    No one famous.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    Thank you everyone. Next week can't get here soon enough so that I can go out and have another peek!!

    @ arnoldhicks, Thanks for the tip! I'll switch them out, or turn them, next hive check if they are still empty on the outside.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    That looks like pretty nice comb. Very good for only a couple of weeks.
    Did you use wax foundation or plastic. I like the plastic. The bees, not so much. They'll eventually build it out, but only one frame at a time.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    That is a big nice queen. Is it a Carniolan queen?

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    @Albatross, It is the rite-cell foundation from mann lake. These bees went right to work on it!

    @beepro, Yes, she is a Carniolan queen.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    That's great! If they'll build on the plastic, you're a lucky girl.
    Keep giving them the plastic foundation and you'll have some great combs for future use. In my (limited) experience, I had one colony that took to the plastic foundation like yours are doing. The rest of them really had to be almost be forced to do it.
    Sometimes they would build comb 1/4" away from the foundation and I'd have to cut it off and let them try again. The problem was that you really had to keep an eye on it, and cut out that bad comb before they built the whole frame out.
    They always got it done eventually, one frame at a time, but only if they had no other choice. If I put a piece of wax foundation in, they would abandon the plastic, and only use the wax until it was done.
    But once they got the plastic drawn out, it was pretty indestructible, and you could use it for years. Mice will eat through wax foundation. Plastic stops them.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    Quote Originally Posted by jmombo View Post

    I added the 2nd super today. I hope that was the right thing to do. I had read that it should be done when the bees had drawn out nearly all of the frames with comb and, as of today, they only had the outside of the end frames left to do.
    I'm really curious about adding the 2nd medium 8 frame super ...I'll be coming up on my 2nd week as well. And mine are doing just about as well as yours ...as of the first week they were working on all but the 1st and 8th frame ... IF all the frames have comb, do you add the super even if you know that the population of the hive is going to be at it's lowest from week 2 to week 3 (of a newly installed package on fresh foundation)? ...I've been trying to figure this out.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    You can compare the wax foundation with the plastic foundation to see which one is heavier during hive inspection. I personally like the light weight natural combs better. If you have a strong hive then no need to worry about any pest. In the winter time you have to use an entrance reducer anyways to keep them warm inside and the pests out. If one day you would like to try raising some good queens then the natural foundation is better to cut out the cells. With the plastic foundation it is harder to cut them out.
    If your population is low then do not add the 2nd super yet. Because they need to keep warm at night time. By adding another super you will reduce the warm air space they need to generate. Wait until they expand more up to 85% then add the second super on. Eventually all the frames will be drawn out when they don't have enough space anymore. I usually give them a frame in the middle of the brood frames to be draw out.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    I am glad I just read this tip, I will have to switch my frames around Sunday!

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    jmombo-

    Nice photos and your bees look great! Congrats on becoming a beekeeper!

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    Looks great! Love the Carni. I can't wait to try one.

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    Default Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    Looks like they're gonna do it fer ya! Congrats on your hive. Enjoy your b's!

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