Yesterday was a very exciting day at Indigo Acres! As many of you know, we requeened one of our hives last week. Thelma I was failing her hive, and a new queen needed to be introduced, asap.
Last Wednesday, we inserted the small queen cage between two of the hive frames. The worker bees were left to decide if they would accept their new queen or not. Yesterday, we opened the hive to check on Thelma II. The opening you see in the photo is where the “queen candy” plug was. The worker bees ate through the candy and released Thelma II!
The energy around and in the hive was amazing. What a difference one very important bee can make to the life and success of a colony. I am so excited to open the hive next Sunday. My hope is to find lots and lots of eggs! Long live Thelma II!
While inspecting Louise’s hive, I noticed some movement under one of the capped brood cells. A baby bee was chewing her way out of the cell! As you can see in the photo, her little head is poking out. Soon she will be another very important worker bee in the colony.
I am excited to announce that I just placed an order for two new colonies, of Italian honey bees, for Spring of 2019. How exciting! I wonder what we should name our next Queens…any thoughts?
Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just BEE You,