ALL HAIL THE QUEEN. (Or in this case queens) It wasnt the warmest of days, but it was time to check in on the new hives. Sometime between three and five days you need to see that the queen has been released from her cage. For those of you who read the earlier post, the bees were installed in their hives on friday. It has been very cold ever since then, last night down to 21, but the bees are hanging in there.
I inspected all four hives. The queen has been released from her cage in all four and I found the queen in all four hives. (A picture of the queen cage is shown above.) Thats a good feeling to know she is busy laying eggs and getting about the business of cranking up numbers. The bees were curious, but overall pretty well behaved throughout each inspection. The new hives are all off to a good start and warmer weather is on the way.