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Hi,

I inherited a beehive last year. My mentor guided me through hive inspections, replacing frames, honey harvesting. I even saw the Queen! Twice!

With heavy Covid restrictions in Victoria, Australia he cannot come and help me this spring. Tele-mentoring has some drawbacks.

It is the moment of truth. Can I read colony correctly? Do I do the right things?

I was worrying if I left enough honey for the winter. What was my surprise at the first spring inspection to find 4 frames full to the brim with capped honey and a few more partially full and capped. (The winter configuration of the hive was 3 8-frame boxes.)

There is very little brood though. Not many bees either.

Waiting for the weather to improve and to see the progress. There is sooo much to learn!!!
 

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Welcome, Marg. I agree with AR1 that it sounds like you are off to a good start. If your bees have overwintered successfully thus far you might be successfully out of the woods for a big beekeeping year ahead.
 
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