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Michigan beekeeping
Published on May 28, 2007 By Draginol In Beekeeping

My son and I did our first inspection of our two new hives.  Hive 1 looks pretty good with lots of capped brood and we found a healthy queen running around.  Hive 2, on the other hand, seems a lot less populated and we couldn't find the queen.  Only 3 of the frames in Hive 2 are drawn with comb (about 5 are drawn in hive 1).

Hive 2 was so tame that I was able to work with it without smoking the bees or a head net on.

Hive 2 has some drone cells, couldn't find the queen.


Hive 2 (the one I couldn't find a queen) does have some capped brood.


Hive 1 has a healthy queen and a lot of capped brood in a nice pattern.


Hive 1


Nearby spectators

The point of the first inspection is to see how well the hives are doing.  Do they have a queen? Any diseases? Is there capped brood?  I didn't get stung and in fact it was a lot easier than I thought.  It was the first time I'd ever used a smoker.  I waited 9 days from the time I got the starter hives to do the inspection in order to give them time to settle in.  I plan to do another inspection next weekend depending on the weather to see how hive 2 is progressing (I probably won't mess with hive 1 since it's clearly doing fine).

This week I should also be receiving a Nuc from the SEMBA President (who's also a Canton police officer which is pretty cool).  I don't know how many hives I'll have eventually. If I could, I'd go with 4 or 5 hives total for this year. 

I was surprised how much I sweated doing this. The bee hat stuff really makes the sweat go.  But for now, I was just thankful I didn't get stung.

on May 28, 2007
Capped brood - are they like the larva?
on May 28, 2007
on May 28, 2007

Was it loud?  Could you hear them buzzing around when you approached, or when you pulled them out?

I think the noise would freak me a little more than actually handling them.

on May 28, 2007
It wasn't too loud. There aren't that many bees yet.  By end of June, it should (hopefully) get pretty loud.
on May 29, 2007
You are brave handling them without a suit on. It certainly looks like they are quick to get settled in and get started (the bees that is.
on May 29, 2007
Way to go Drag, interesting hobby.
on May 30, 2007
I buy a honey called Bevelini from Southern Greece and it is Thyme flavoured honey, the taste and the after taste is very pleasant.
on May 31, 2007
Reminds me of Eddie Izzard's beekeeper flirting... "I like my women like I like my coffee... covered in bees!"