I don't do 3/4ths of what most people do here in terms of inspections, requeening etc. In fact I have not even looked for the queen or checked her laying pattern etc since I have had the bees. I figure it will either work or I will get new ones. Heck they make it living in a hollow log witout our help. They only thing I do check is for mites and I treat them with with grease patties and OA and vapor rub. My hives are jam packed with bees going into my second summer and everything looks good. I have read everything I can find so I know what to look for if I need to and I can ask questions here.