Hive Bodies that is……I was looking for a catchy title today so you all wouldn’t think “Oh No! It’s another Beekeeping post…” well it is but I am talking today about the importance of having a couple of beekeepers in the family and also the importance of early inspection in the Spring if you get a pretty enough day.
The other day the Viking and I went through our bee hives on our lil’ suburban homestead. We always pick a beautiful afternoon when the bees are happy to pick up the hive bodies, examine what is going on in the hive, find the queen, look at the brood an do some housekeeping too!
Up until recently I have not been the hands on beekeeper in our household but after many discussions we decided that we both had to be hands on and who better for me to learn from than my husband “The Bee Whisperer“…yes I did get certified in Beekeeping but our instructor was not the most patient person and I am very fortunate because my husband is very patient with me and if I make a mistake he very calmly talks me through it and I realized I don’t want to learn from anyone else and he has a lot of knowledge about our bees I want to learn this information from him.
We were inspecting the hives to find the queen, the brood, and to examine food stores for the bees. This is important in maintaining healthy hives. If you don’t have a queen the hive will be unhappy and soon will fail, and if you don’t have brood it means you may have no queen or an unhealthy queen that is not laying. If you don’t have food stores it either means your hive was robbed or you didn’t set aside enough food in the first place at this point all you can do is feed them and hope they can recover.
I spotted the queen on one of our hives and she looked healthy and active….we did not see the queen on the other two hives but we saw brood and eggs which was proof that we have three healthy hives at this time and my husband is hoping to make about 10 splits this year which is very ambitious but we are going to do it.
Hope you enjoyed reading about our day with our bees! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!
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