I started a hive this past Saturday and will do my first inspection this Sunday. Any experienced Beeks available to supervise for a few minutes? I’m a little nervous doing it the first time. Luckily I went to Kevin’s training Saturday and got a great start, but it’s different when you are alone. And these bees were ANGRY after bouncing in my truck on the ride home. I’ve left them alone hoping they calm down.
I did the first inspection Saturday. Wasn’t too exciting, but wasn’t sure what to look for exactly. I didn’t see the queen. I saw lots of larvae. I’m not sure if I saw eggs or not. Had no idea what to look for as far as disease and mites. I found and killed a couple of beetles.
I bought a real bee bee jacket since then so this Sunday’s inspection should be even calmer.
I’m near 95 and 10th Ave in Lake a Worth. Are you close?
Sid Lehr said:
They’ll calm down in a day. Where are you doing this? Is it already done?
I texted you. Let me know if you don’t get it.
Sid Lehr said:
Russ, under ordinary circumstances I would’ve suggested you bring your bees to a new location and leave them alone for two weeks. Have you been in there just after one week and then plan to go in again after another? I won’t be available next weekend and so can’t help until the following, two weeks from this weekend. The risk is absconding if they don’t take kindly to your manipulations. Up to you. I can help this weekend or two weeks later. Probably not a great risk, but you shouldn’t bother them more often than every other week as a general rule. You’ve seen larvae so it’s likely your queen is fine, but there’s lots to learn and I remember how enthused I was in the beginning. I got strict instructions to wait two weeks before I started messing with them. Let me know what you want to do.