Initial Hive Status (04/23/2011)
Hives 1 and 7 are very strong. Bees are flying in to these loaded with pollen.
Hive 7 seems to be our strongest hive; the bees already ate the patty that was put in
two weeks ago. The top chamber is small, so it might need to be switched or split
to prevent swarming. The larger chamber has drone larvae, which is a sign that
swarming is near and the hive will soon produce queen cells.
Hives 6 and 9 are starting to look better and stronger.
Hive 10 is very weak. It took a big hit from nosemosis this winter. This hive was
downsized to a nuc box two weeks ago. The queen is laying, but there aren’t enough
worker bees. This means that the area of comb that is kept warm enough for laying
is limited, so she is laying up to four eggs in a cell.
Hive 8 is dead and sealed, but some bees are getting in past the newspaper we used
to block the entrance, probably to rob honey from the hive.
Strengthened Hive 10: