Quick look – 11 Jan
I had a quick squiz in the hive today, with E as my helper. She is one nervy little character around bees, probably due to when she stuck a stick in the hive and got a sting by her eye. Still, I am slowly trying to get her used to the bees again, and put her faith in her suit. By ‘helper’, I mean, standing nearby, arms clenched tight behind her back, pretty much everything else clenched too, giving her a sore tummy. I have moved her along far enough to stop complaining about being hot, sore knee, needing to watch barbie, etc, and to call fear by fear’s name. Once the enemy is recognised for who it is, it can be overcome. There is no shame in cutting the excuses and saying ‘I am afraid’. From there, we can then assess the situation and see if fear is warranted, and even if it is, what the appropriate response is. A lesson for adults too. Anywho, time to stop waxing philosophically (Ha, waxing, I made a pun!), and back to the topic.
My hive is going well, in less than a week the frames in the top super has been worked on as follows:
1 – some bees
2 – starting to draw out the comb (2-3mm)
3 – drawn out pretty much fully
4 – cells over half full of honey
5 – nearly full, but have not yet capped
6 – nearly full on north side, over half full on south side
7 – cells drawn out, some honey
8 – cells 2-3mm drawn out
9 – some bees hanging around
I would have included some photos, but the fingers of my gloves keep sticking together. My helper couldn’t do it either, as her arms were stuck behind her back.
I didn’t take all of the frames out, only the middle two, and had a look down the frames to the rest. with 9 frames there is more room to see.
The lower super (hey, oxymoron! Perhaps it is the sub super, or the penultimate super.) is fair humming, the new frame I dropped in last week is nearly ready for capping. There was no brood visible in the centre two frames, which I removed for a good look, so the queen is not in the top, so hopefully, she is in the hive boxes. I did not do a full inspection, so that the bees are disturbed as little as possible. I know I need to do one soon, probably another week or two, but everything seems ok from what I can see.