First Hive Inspection Of Squill 5-6-12

First hive inspection reveals Squill is off to a good start!

Three weeks after installing his bee package, Brian finally got to inspect his hive Squill.  These bees took a while to warm up to the queen, so Brian was wondering if she was in there and laying or if the girls had decided to reject her and had either killed or superceded her.  Pollen was going in the hive which is usually a good indicator of brood and a happily laying queen (although not definite).

Upon opening the hive, Brian was very happy with what he saw.   Seven frames of wax were being drawn out on wax foundation frames. Four frames were filled with capped brood and the queen had an excellent laying pattern.  There was pollen and capped honey in the hive.  On one of the frames, the wax was chewed around the bottom and sides and it looked very similar to the foundationless frames in Willow.

Brian also noticed his marked queen had paint all over one wing.  Someone got creative and colored outside the lines when painting her.  I wonder if this will affect her ability to fly? Does anyone know?  All in all this was a great inspection and a relief to see that although this hive was off to a bumpy start everything is now moving along smoothly.

This is a great brood pattern.

Box Breakdown

Bottom Box – Frame 1 starting to be drawn.  Frame 2 capped honey in the corners, pollen and a few capped drones.  Frame 3 capped honey in the corners, capped brood.  Frame 4  capped brood, capped honey, pollen, nice brood pattern.  Frame 5 great capped brood pattern, capped honey at the top, drone brood near the bottom and the queen.  Frame 6 capped brood, capped honey, pollen.  Frames 7 pollen in different colors.  Frame 8 undrawn.  Frames 9 undrawn.  Frame 10 undrawn.  Moved frame 8 to 2.

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  1. Interesting the color of your capped brood. From the pics, it looks yellow. Out capped brood is rather tan.

    And I agree, the brood pattern on that one frame is a work of art!

  2. It’s a yellow color because it is new wax. In a few weeks it will be the typical tan color you are used to seeing.

  3. I’m looking at starting some hives on top of buildings. Do I need to be concerned about heat or other issues from the rooftops?

    • Hives do great on rooftops! If the surface is black you will want to do something to cover it up to reduce the heat. The first few feet above the black rooftop get very hot and may be 50 degrees or more hotter than the outside temps. Simply changing the color decreases the heat tremendously. Some people paint the rooftops, some cover them around the hives (mine is covered with white panels, some people use astroturf). Also you need to worry about wind on buildings and probably want some type of wind break to help the bees, especially in winter, because it can get very windy up there. Access may also be an issue for roof top hives, do you have to climb up a ladder or do you have a door to the roof. Hive boxes can be heavy and carrying them down a ladder is hard, I do that, but not everyone would want to. Good luck!