“Little by little, one travels far” – J.R.R. Tolkien, English Writer and Academic
Second year into beekeeping, and I still find it hard to contain my excitement. After the big install of bees into my three hives, I was itching to get in and do an inspection. What I really needed to do was chillout and wait for my queens to be released from their cages by the workers in the hive. Ugh, five days of waiting; patience is not my thing. However, little by little the days ebbed away.
Time for the reveal…
After the wait, I geared up and took a quick peek just to make sure the queens had been released. Arya, the Italian queen, had safely been rescued from her marshmallow hatch queen cage by her workers. Queens Arwen (Carniolan) and Leia (Saskatraz) had a little more difficulty on exiting their cage. When I checked to see if they had been released, I discovered that the workers had only gotten around to eating half the candy, so both queens were still stuck in their cages. I made the executive decision to risk it and try a direct release. Thank my lucky stars, both releases went off without a hitch! Arwen and Leia made it securely into the hives.
A tiny wait, then a look-see…
After making sure my queens were out, I closed up the hives without disturbing them further. I figured I’d give everyone a little time to settle in. Less than a week later I decided it was time for the first hive inspection. The results are in:
Arya’s Italian hive was thriving! I found both eggs and capped brood, the overall feel of the hive was just a booming amount of productivity! While I did not personally see Queen Arya, I definitely knew she was busy.
Next, I moved onto Queen Arwen’s Carniolan hive. I did not catch a glimpse of her, but I knew she was there. She had certainly been busy laying eggs, and although there was no capped brood, I was happy with her progress. Her hive was a little less bustling than Arya’s hive but still busy.
Lastly, I opened Queen Leia’s Saskatraz hive, and I actually was graced with an audience with her (it’s always an honor to be greeted by her majesty). I could see she was also busy laying eggs. Although, I would say she had the least amount of eggs and activity in her hive when compared to her beeyard mates, she was nowhere near a point where I felt I should be concerned.
A Happy Beekeeper!
I’m certainly pleased with my girls and looking forward to working with them and watching them progress. Bees never fail to amaze me with their hard-working attributes and dedication to each other. I knew last year that I was hooked on bees, and the connection is still there. I am absolutely psyched for my new journey with Queens Arya, Arwen, and Leia.
So less about me and more about you! I’d love if you’d share with me your adventures in beekeeping as of late. Has the season been kind so far? Feel free to drop me a comment below!