Cut-Out Hive / Yellow Hive:
I had Keith do all the work and I just barked orders the entire time. Thankfully Keith is a really good sport and was happy to help me out. He removed the cover, took off the extra boxes that were covering the honey feeder and got into the first box. The bees were pretty sparse here and there were only a few frames with any wax drawn at all. And even those frames only had a few spots on them with any wax. That box came off and we were into the next box. Slightly more wax built out in this box but about half the frames were still untouched. Finally after getting to the last three frames we were able to see some good drawn frames.
|Plastic Frames being filled|
|Cut Out has a new Queen!|
|New Queen and Eggs|
Speaking of Winter, I see the Goldenrod starting to bloom in my area. That always signals the approach of Fall. Many of my late blooming flowers are also in full bloom.
|Coneflowers in bloom|
Since my Nuc hives only have 5 frames, it makes them really quick and easy to check. Most of the honey frames that I put in are still full. They have eaten a little bit and replaced it with pollen which is a good thing. Two frames in and we hit the first solid brood frame. The new queen looks like she is settling in nicely!
|Solid brood pattern|
Very similar to the Green Nuc. Two honey frames that the bees had eaten a little from and replaced with either pollen or more nectar. Two pretty solid frames of capped brood.
|Capped brood on Honey Super Cell plastic frames|
|New comb and brood|
On the opposite side of this frame they decided to draw a few of the same ridges I described in the last nuc. At least they've drawn plenty of normal looking comb too.
We spotted the queen on the next frame and that was the last thing I needed to see. This was a very successful inspection.
I plan on making some 1:1 sugar syrup to feed to the hives trying to draw new wax. I need to get the full sized boxes ready to move the nucs into. I also need to give Green Hive a check to see how much of the two honey supers they have filled and also to see if the new queen is doing alright in there as well. I'd also like to do some Varroa monitoring with a powdered sugar shake. That sounds like a lot to do and we are already half way through August!
As always, thanks for reading!