Capped Queen Cell

Spring Hive Update – Queen Excluder and Supers

At the end of April we did an inspection and we added third brood box. We found the queen and she was laying good. We went in for an inspection last Tuesday to add a super onto the hive. A super is a box that is for honey. When we went in there we found the queen again and put her in a queen clip to keep her safe during the inspection. When we tried to put her back in the hive and the honey bees would not accept her back and death cuddled her and she died. Luckily they were preparing to swarm and made many queen cells. None of them were capped yet so Mr. H told us to get a queen castle (more on that in another post) which allows you to have a few queens in one box. Hopefully, we’ll leave a frame with queen cells in the bee hive and put other frames in the castle to raise other queens in case we lose the queen in the hive.

Queen Cells

 Queen Cells

We put the super on still but we put the queen excluder on the top of the third brood box before putting the super on. The queen excluder allows all bees except the queen to go into the box. You do that so the queen can’t lay eggs in the honey supers because nobody wants baby bees in their honey.

Queen Excluder

 Queen Excluder

Mr. H told us to keep going into the hive every day until one of the queen cells was capped that way we know how old the queen is and how long until the queen emerges from the cell. On Thursday we found a capped queen cell so now we know it will be about eight days until she emerges.  We will move all of the frames with  queen cells except for one out of the hive and into the queen castle in about five days.

Capped Queen Cell

 

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2 Comments

  1. It’s always so interesting reading your posts. You never cease to amaze me with all your knowledge of beekeeping. I hope your hive dies well this year.

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