Hive Inspection – 20180305

Overview

Short inspection of one remaining hive (Hive 3). Seems to be building up slowly. No signs of further trouble.

Photos

None.

Hive 1

Offline for refurbishment.

Observations

  • None

Frames

  • None

 Actions

  • Refurbishing box to add vented lid with top bars, redo legs to allow ant water trap pans.

Hive 2

Offline for refurbishment.

Observations

  • None

Frames

  • None

 Actions

  • Refurbishing box to add vented lid with top bars, redo legs to allow ant water trap pans, make bottom tray removable for cleaning.

Hive 3

This is our only active hive. Hive is building up slowly.

Observations

  • Good stores of honey.
  • No burr comb to speak of.
  • No drone cells.
  • No queen cups or cells.
  • Eggs seen.
  • Uncapped brood seen.
  • Capped brood seen.
  • Queen not seen.
  • No phoretic mites seen.
  • No DWV seen.
  • No SHB adults or larvae seen.
  • No sign of wax moth damage or larvae.
  • Had about 10 dead bees on the screen bottom in the open area outside the follower board again.

Frames

  • 2 Brood.
  • 3 Honey.
  • 1 Empty (added empty brood frame).

 Actions

  • Added empty brood frame from freezer.
  • Reinstalled entrance reducers.

Plan of Action

  • Monitor when weather permits.
  • Seek swarms to replace dead colonies.

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