Yesterday I done my first inspection of my hive, it was a beautiful sunny day, got my suit on, my hive tool and smoker.
After a little struggle getting my smoker to work I was ready, the bees were content and didn’t bother, I puffed some smoke at the entrance and took off the roof.
My hive is an old one and has two spare supers on top, these were full of old larvae and molded pollen, the bees have been very busy cleaning it all, they have been in the hive three weeks now.
Looking into the top brood box, there were many bees, an extra puff of smoke… my smoker was out 😦 … I do need to practice this… got it smoking again, and took the frame on the far right hand, no brood, no honey but clean and ready for both, I slid the frames to the right and took the middle frame, immediately I saw some honey, yay, also some cells with pollen, and how excited I was when I saw the little white specs… eggs yes, it was the first time I saw them and they looked to be one or two days old, with that I decided that this inspection is over.
The reason for my having bees is mainly for pollination and supporting the bee population in my area, honey is secondary a very yummy by-product.