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Author Topic: 1st Year inspections vs 2nd Year  (Read 436 times)
TheMasonicHive
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« on: June 18, 2010, 04:52:33 PM »

Hello everyone,


In all the books I've read I've heard you should check once a week...at most...at your hives for your first year.  The books say it gives you a better idea of how things work.

Now I don't want to sound like a know it all, but I think I've got the basic grasp I need, and I know I've got a lot to learn.

My question is am I better off just leaving them alone and checking them once a month?  It seems like a whole lot could go wrong in a month.

You beeks that have a larger apiary, what do you do?
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Christopher Peace
Oakland County, MI

"It teaches us that, as we come into the world rational and intelligent beings, so we should ever be industrious ones; never sitting down contented while our fellow-creatures around us are in want, when it is in our power to relieve them without inconvenience to ourselves." - Freemasonry on the Beehive
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2010, 05:10:13 PM »

I do inspect hives every 3 weeks while I'm doing drone removal.  When the flow is on I leave them alone and simply check the upper super to make sure they have room.  Of course if there's a hive I'm concerned about I will review as needed.  Removing a drone frame can tell you a lot while your in there.  If there are no eggs, larva or capped brood in the drone frame you can count on there being trouble.  Thet's when I go digging.

I made sure to requeen all my hives last fall (except one I couldn't find the queen in) and it's made it really easy (knock on wood) as no one has shown an itch to swarm.  Except for the one hive I didn't requeen.  I was lucky enough to find her about week before she was going to swarm.  I removed her and 3 frames of capped brood that are now doing well in my 5 frame observation hive.
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