Thursday, May 17, 2012
Flip Your Entrance Reducer!!
O.K. Folks, I believe Jack Frost has finally begrudgingly left town. You never know for sure though since a few years ago it snowed on June 1st. Today I changed my entrance reducer to the two/three inch entrance. This will allow the bees to come and go much faster and allow for better ventilation during the hottest part of the day. Also, today I found one queen cell out of 4 hives so I made sure to find my queen and watch her for a few minutes to ensure she looked healthy, then I checked for new eggs and larva in full patterns. Finally, I scraped the queen cell completely out of the wax comb. It actually had a queen larva in it so it would have hatched out in about two weeks which would have been horrible since I would have lost about half my colony. Start looking over each frame carefully for queen cells. After you have ensured you aren't in need of a new queen, get rid of any queen cells.