All posts tagged: brood

Inspecting the brown bee hive

Since I was on a roll I thought I’d check out the brown, top bar hive at my house too. It was 3 pm on Memorial Day. The temperature was about 65deg, slightly overcast and a bit windy. But I thought it was warm enough for a quick check. The bees were very busy at the front door. Really the most I have seen. But I’ve been at work mostly on the warm days. I had checked a week ago and seen lots of honey but no babies, so I wanted to get inside and make sure the queen was laying. Fortunately I got some practice at Zenger Farm on Saturday. See the bee with the yellow pollen pants? That is one indication that there is brood. They need to feed them a combination of pollen and honey to give them protein and carbs. The first frame I pulled out was all new, white wax. Now there are 8 frames filled with comb and 4 more empty ones for them to expand into. That frame …