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Submitted by Taylor
Since my new queen hatched, the bees have definitely been more hostile. The one frame of honey I got was hardly worth the nine stings that day, and the few hive beetles I saw under the top cover were being attacked by the bees. We watched for more hive beetles, but didn't find any inside the box, so I suppose that means that they are successfully fighting them off. Joyce said that I wouldn't have to come by as often, since the new queen was mean. The stings took a very long time to go away, and are still visible as bruises on my legs.
On a more positive note, they seem to be filling up their third box very well and are moving into the super. Joyce and I didn't even attemt to locate a queen just brood and then closed it up fast.
Submitted by Taylor in Q1
Hi my name is Taylor Crites I am 17 turning 18 July 26 . My end goal as far as a career is to own a Non-profit Wildlife and Rehabilitation Sanctuary. I've been asked before how bees fit into this plan and they do. Without bees we lose lots of our plants and ecosystems start to collapse. The Brent Bridwell Project is giving me the knowledge to keep, care for, and educate the public on bees. I know it's supposed to be formal but hey a bee log sounds cooler to me, so here is mine, well in summaries.
First look...My Brent Bridwell hive survived the winter. A kid last year became disinterested and so I got a hive that made it through the winter on May 19 it got delivered to Joyce's (my mentor) house. Me and Mike Seib moved it off his truck and received my equipment. About an hour later I removed the foam strip from the front of the hive. P.S. I also got stung but not by my bees.
First Inspection...Joyce taught me how to use my hive tool to pop off the top. She then showed me how to take the first frame out and how to separate them so you can easily grab them. She then started to let me take them out on my own. My top box had drawn out comb and nectar with some scattered pollen. I then moved the box Joyce told me to put it diagonal so it wouldn't get stuck in the lid. The second box was brood and Joyce said my Queen had a good brood pattern. She laid in a oval shape with crescent shapes of nectar on the outside. My Queen was in this box sixth frame in from the left if you are working from the back. Joyce and I both agreed that my Queen was huge. We moved the second box so we could look in the third and bottom most box which was also brood.
Second Inspection ... Case Missing Queen...?Second time in my hive. The top box was all nectar except three frames with new brood and larva. We looked through this box for my Queen with no luck. We looked through my second box for her no luck. Then the third box for her again no luck the need were getting agitated so we closed my hive up.
I hope that you have learned just as much as I have from this... Experience so far