On March 17th, we completed a full inspection of our hives. All is well, and with the mild weather, the bees are happy and working hard. They are bringing in a lot of pollen, and some nectar too. We reversed the 2 deep brood boxes, and added new screened bottom boards with an oil tray on each hive. These replace the bottom boards from last year, which used a beetle trap that had to be serviced from the front of the hive. Some days, the bees didn't care for that arrangement! To remedy that, I designed and built a screened bottom board that uses a tray that can be serviced from the back of the hive. This is much less interrupting to the hive, and makes things much easier on the bees, and us! Below is a photo of the new Screened Bottom Board, and tray:
While inspecting the hives, we noticed that the queen has been working hard. We found a lot of capped brood, and eggs and larva in various stages of development. With the mild weather, the hives really got rolling early this year, and hopefully it will be a good year for bees and honey!
A brood box frame of capped brood, and the nurse bees looking after them: