Frame Inspection Quesion (Shaking Bees Off)
Hi and thanks for looking over my question.
I watched a tutorial this afternoon about what to look for during the initial Spring hive inspection. The video instructor suggested that before you move any frame away from the hive-body, to always shake the bees off just in case the queen was on it and you missed her.
This sounds like good advise, but out of the many other YouTube vids that I've watched, this was the first time that I've heard this. I did try and Google the pros and cons, but people seemed to have mixed opinions, mainly in reference to the brood-nest becoming disrupted.
As a brand new beekeeper to be, my biggest fear is losing the queen. The risk of disrupting some of the brood-nest seems worth the extra precaution if it helps keep the queen healthy, and I wanted to know if I am missing anything? Why not take that extra step? Would I be doing more harm than I'm aware of?
As always, thanks for your time.
First Year Backyard Hobbyist-
(San Diego Ca.- Zone 10a)