It’s an important practice to check your beehive periodically. We check ours to see if the bees are doing a good job filling out their frames and if they’re ready for a 2nd brood box. We also check for evidence that the queen is laying eggs, that there aren’t any queen bee cells (a sign that your bees aren’t happy about something…) and that there isn’t any evidence of disease or infestation.
Before opening up the hive we always smoke it first to calm the bees down. We always wear gloves, long sleeves, light colors and pants and one of us wears the beekeeping hat. OK, we don’t always wear all those things, but we should.
Here are photos from checking our hive:
One of our resources that we refer to as we learn to raise bees is Beekeeping for dummies.
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