Yesterday was awesome! The weather got so nice that I could inspect all the bees in my care.
All the living hives are doing well. All the queens are laying, all the hives have stores and brood…which means they soon should be bursting at the seams.
One hive in particular KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF. It’s the hive that lives at Simon and Patti’s place…one of the Zia Queen Bee hives. Simon named it the Queen Elizabeth hive. Probably because he’s from England.
So, the QE hive was going GANGBUSTERS. Bees are everywhere. Tons of brood on almost every frame. Drone brood, too. There were so many bees that it felt sublime…it was so beautiful that it frightened me a bit!
I’m sure this hive felt so squeezed for space that they’re planning a swarm…none of the other hives I saw have any drone brood. In other words, this hive is preparing to make a new queen…but they’ll need some drones around to mate with her, so they’re preparing the drone brood first.
I doubled their space and opened the brood nest. Both of which should make them feel as if they have more room.