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Beehive Check

When the sun comes out in March so do the bees. 

They are enjoying the crocus emergence as much as we do. 

It time for a hive check. 



march hive

bees flying

When there are bees on the landing platform with pollen in their leg bags it means there are baby bees to be fed.

It means that the hive colony is cranking up the expectation for the spring preparations. 

New baby bees are needed for the upcoming spring and summer of flowers. 



african hive check

top bar hive

It’s important not to disturb the hive unless it’s warm. The hive is at 34 degrees so cold air can really disrupt the atmosphere. 

This hive had a great stack of honey towards the back of the hive away from the end entrance. 



We didn’t disturb the brood section of the hive at this point. There’s plenty of signs that they are doing well so far. 

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6 comments on “Beehive Check

  1. Julia Davis-Coombs
    March 11, 2015

    Sorry to be a nitpicker, but it’s pollen in the leg sacks (but yes, it’s for the brood). The bees will make honey from nectar and their own additions. Lovely top-bar hive you’ve got, and I’m glad to hear your bees are doing well. We lost one of our two colonies this winter–but we are not surprised, because they were never a _thriving_ colony to begin with. Fortunately the other colony is going strong, and we expect to be able to split it early in the season. 🙂

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  2. kiwidutch
    March 11, 2015

    I think that close up these are amazingly beautiful creatures (when I see one on the other side of a window for instance) and the honey they make is one of the miracles of nature… sadly I’m severely allergic to both bees and wasps so have to keep my distance, otherwise it’s epi-pen and an emergency trip to hospital.
    Admiring can however, be done from a distance 🙂
    Great photos!

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  3. lizard100
    March 11, 2015

    You’re right. I’ve no idea why I write that either. I must’ve got distracted. I will edit.

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    • Julia Davis-Coombs
      March 12, 2015

      Feel free to edit/delete that earlier comment–it no longer makes sense since you’ve edited the post. 😉

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      • lizard100
        March 12, 2015

        Thanks. Not to worry. The point was to say pollen is a good sign.

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