It has been just over a month since we installed the hive in our yard, and our bees are happy and busy at work. Today was only the second time I’ve checked on the hive since you only need to do it every couple of weeks. From the back door we can easily observe the bees flying in and out and can tell when we have a brood hatching. But it’s really the inside of the hive where we can see what’s going on!
On our inspection a couple weeks ago, we saw several new larvae and eggs, as well as a lot more bees than we originally put into the hive. Today, the bees were agitated from the neighborhood fireworks last night, so we weren’t able to spend as much time in the hive. But in the few minutes we checked out the bees we were able to find two full frames of honey and very busily working bees. Again our hive size has doubled from our last inspection. The new bees are working hard on bringing in pollen, creating honey, and even drawing new comb. We did find some new honey comb in the second box but they haven’t started to fill it up yet.
As the bees continue to work, they’re helping our gardens and not bothering the neighbors. We’ll update you again soon on our little friends and their colony! Thank you again to my wonderful boyfriend, Jason, for taking today’s pictures!