Hive inspection 29 Dec 2012
It’s been a few weeks, and I haven’t been very well, so my legendary Dad had a look at the hive. He doesn’t seem to believe in gloves, and only wore a veil because it was my new xmas pressie and needed a test run. D assisted him, and didn’t seem to care when bees landed on his hand. No stings, and all looks good.
Dad only checked the top super, to see if there was any room. It was full of bees and the middle frame was 7/8 capped – when the cells are full of honey, and the moisture level is just right, the bees seal the honey in with a thin cap of beeswax. There were no brood in the top box, so swapping the queen to the bottom box last time seems to do the job. I need a new super on top fairly soon, good job I have one nearly ready.
Dad didn’t look further down today, so I’m not sure if the queen is in the bottom or next box. Maybe next week I’ll be feeling up to it. I also need to mow the lawn between the gardens – I’m not sure if it is called mowing when it is 4′ high.