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Hi all,

Pictures from my 4 week old package. The first batch of brood have emerged and the population in the hive has exploded. All 8 frames are at least 2/3 full with comb.

Enjoy!

Worker kicking it on a frame:
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New comb after first batch of brood has hatched, note the darker color and the cell cleaned and ready for the queen:
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More brood on the way, likely a few more days behind the recently emerged brood:
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Newly hatched worker - note the lighter colored fuzzy heads around the eyes?
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More new brood. You can see wax secretions on the underside of a few of the newer bees.
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Worker enjoying the baggie feeder. So glad I dumped that top hive feeder. Less space = no more bees putting comb in bad places.
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Ouch! Bee sting in action:
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I am thinking its time for a new hive body. I run 8 frame mediums with foundationless frames. Should I move 2 frames of brood up into new body, checkered between empty frames to promote drawing out comb? I then take those empty frames displaced from empty hive body and place it below in the full hive body between frames of capped brood to get them built out too.

Should I keep feeding syrup at this point? I see them bringing in new pollen from the fields.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I am not sure I can readily identify a flow. How do you know? They are still taking the syrup. I have not seen any honey capped on the frames yet.
 

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So glad I dumped that top hive feeder. Less space = no more bees putting comb in bad places.
If you jar feed them through the hole in the inner cover there will be still less space.
Probably time to add another hive body.
Are many bees not bringing in pollen?
If so maybe feeding is no longer necessary.
I am not sure whether baiting the second deep is a good idea.
Nice pictures.
 

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Hi all,

Worker enjoying the baggie feeder. So glad I dumped that top hive feeder. Less space = no more bees putting comb in bad places.
Here's another suggestion which may(?) get more volume to them. I made this to go over the inner cover and allows me to feed 2 jars at one time.

I've always heard, read and done (in my short time)-when 70%-80% of the frames are worked, then it's time to add a new hive body.





 

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Are many bees not bringing in pollen?
If so maybe feeding is no longer necessary.
There were quite a few of bees in there from what would otherwise be a good day for collecting. I saw the occasional bee returning with pollen, but I had to go looking for them. It was really cool seeing the ones that did have full pollen sacs doing a little bee dance for the others.

We have a week of showers ahead on the weather front, so I will feed for another week and check back in.
 

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Those are some great pics, Zbee. You are handy with a camera.
 

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Those are some great pics, Zbee. You are handy with a camera.
Thanks! Beekeeping is a family affair in our home with my wife and our 13 yr old son involved in taking the classes, attending the meetings, and working the hives. The one not manipulating the bees takes the pictures.

I know its probably just first year beek excitement, but man, this is the coolest thing we have done in a long time and I take hundreds of pics each inspection to pour over later. I even managed to convince the wife for an Observation hive in the front room so that I stop scheduling inspections every 3-5 days just to see what they are doing. I know, bad idea for new hives to be in there so often. She calls it getting my "bee fix." :eek:
 
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