June 1, 2009

Checking in with my Honeybees

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about beekeeper, Guy Hodges, delivering new honeybees to my farm. I explained about the queen cages and how the queens are introduced into the hives. Once the introductions had taken place, the queen cages were removed from the hives. However, I was away on business and couldn't be there to supervise. The person who removed the cages, failed to do something important, and it was soon obvious that we needed to call Guy Hodges back for his expertise to correct the situation. Man-made removable frame hives are designed to be extremely orderly spaces, but all parts have to fit exactly as they were intended, as you will see from these recent photos.

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These are the queen cages. You can see that the 'candy' plugs are gone, giving way for the queen to enter the hive.