How to Look for bee eggs ?

How to Look for bee eggs ?

Taking a close look at the frames that were near the queen cage, what do you see? Pollen? Nectar? Great! Do you see any eggs? They’re the primary things you’re looking for during your first inspection. When eggs are present, you know the queen already is at work. That’s all you need to find out on this first inspection. Close things up, and leave the bees alone for another week. Be satisfied that all is well. Because the weather likely is still cool, you don’t want to expose the new colony to the elements for too long.

If no queen or eggs can be found, you may have a problem. In this abnormal situation, wait another few days and check once again. Seeing eggs is evidence enough that you have a queen, but if you still find no evidence of the queen, you need to order a new one from your bee supplier. The colony will do okay while awaiting its new queen, which you’ll introduce exactly as you did the original: by hanging the cage between two frames and leaving the bees alone for a full week.

New beekeepers often have a really hard time finding eggs. Before you give up hope as to whether there are any, look again. If you still don’t see them, look again. And use a magnifier. Chances are they are there, and you just have not gained experience as to what you are looking at. Remember, they are very, very small.

Replacing the tenth frame The tenth frame is the one that you removed when you originally hived your package. It now becomes your wall frame.

Providing more syrup When necessary, replenish your hive-top feeder with more sugar syrup.

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