The scouts performed the first hive inspection following installation of the packages 4 days ago. James and Jack were the scouts in charge and they did all the heavy lifting. James’ sister Sarah and his mom Joyce joined in as well. Both queens have been released from the queen cages. The bees are drawing out comb and storing fresh honey. We saw the queen in the South hive but did not look for eggs. We saw eggs in the North hive, indicating the existence of a viable queen, but we did not look for the queen. We removed the queen cages, added more frames, rearranged the frames, and closed up the hives. The bees will probably not fly much over the next few days as the weather is predicted to turn cold and wet on Wednesday.
Hive Inspection, April 20, 2010