Raising Honeybees – Week 2

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Hard to believe it’s only been 2 weeks since we installed our first package of bees. It feels like they’ve been around forever, in a good way.

It’s important that we keep feeding them and that we check on them selectively. Every time you open the hive it shocks their system a bit, so the less you can do it, the better.

But at the same time, we need to check to make sure that the hive is progressing, so in we go…

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The bees are doing a really good job of drawing out the frames. They’re even capping some of the cells…

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What we need to look for is signs that the queen is doing her thang and laying eggs for the next generation of bees. If you look REALLY closely, you can see that not only has she been laying eggs, but they’ve been growing!

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Larvae larvae everywhere! Before we know it, those baby bees will be full grown workers contributing to the colony.

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Can you spot the tiny larvae in those cells?

It’s amazing how much work they’ve accomplished in only 2 weeks: filling their pouches with pollen and nectar, drawing out comb, and laying eggs. Guess it’s all in a hard days work…