Weather: clearing, windy, 70s, behind cool front w/ lots of rain
The bees survived the winter and are looking good, only no honey in the combs I inspected. There was eggs, larvae, and capped brood. There was pollen, but no honey. I observed a few hive beetles on the combs. There was a good population of bees. They were for the most part calm considering they had nothing to eat. My son took a couple stings and a worker or two got after my wife, so, since it was a rather windy day, I decided to close her up about 1/2 way through. I did not see the queen, but the hive looked healthy.
I took some sugar candy and put it in the hive behind the last combs. I may check it today and replace with just 2:1 sugar water. I also need to take care of those hive beetles. As always, I've got to keep a close check for ants. Lots of pollen coming in, but apparently not much nectar, yet.
Here's my 2009 to-buy list:
- Smoker - borrowed one for Saturday's inspection
- Veil - my homemade one is a little hard to see through
- Hive tool - not absolutely necessary, but handy to have
- Possibly make a split
- Catch a swarm or two
- Harvest my first honey
- Look into joining our local beekeeper's club
- Learn, learn, learn