I thought it was time for a little hive update! Louise’s hive is amazing! We have added a second deep hive body, which is filling up fasts.
Hundreds of baby bees are hatching daily! The ladies are very busy collecting pollen. As you can see from the photo below, pollen comes in a variety of colors, depending on the flower. So pretty!
Unfortunately, Thelma’s hive has not been as productive. We gave her a few more weeks, to see if there would be improvements in production. Today, the hive agreed with our observation. The bees have started to build supersedure cells. They are preparing to hatch and replace the current queen, due to her lack of production. We are choosing to not allow this to happen, by removing the cell. Rearing another queen, from the same gene pool, will not help the situation. A new queen has been ordered. Once she arrives, Thelma will be removed and Thelma II will be introduced to the colony. I am crossing my fingers that the colony is happy with the queen. Time will tell…
Check back next week, for more bee drama at Indigo Acres!
Yesterday was the big day! It was time to open the new hives, for the first time. We were excited to observe how our buzzing friends have been using their time.
I could not have asked for a more perfect 1st inspection! We were able to locate both Thelma and Louise. We also verified that they are both laying eggs. My heart is filled will such joy… Next week, we will be on a hunt for larvae! I can’t wait!