Thursday, October 15, 2015
Pollen, Honey, Brood Inside the Hive
I smoke the hive and lift off the outer cover and then the inner cover. I always get a rush of adrenaline when I do this. The bees are noisy and the humming can be unnerving at first. You'll get use to that. Once inside the hive I want to look for 3 good signs on the frames. Notice that the bees are building out comb. Those little six sided cells are where they'll store honey, pollen, and brood. When the honey is ready they cap it off. We especially want to see brood comb. Those are your baby bees.
Posted by Michelle @Pen and Hive at 6:20 AM
Labels: Beekeeping, beekeeping 101
Michelle is a beekeeper and master gardener. She writes and speaks about beekeeping, DIY projects, and how to live your best creative life.
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My Dad started beekeeping this year, and he has two hives. I'm his main helper, and it's been so fun! I can't wait to get two hives for my own house next year. :)ReplyDelete
It is really a great hobby! They are endlessly fascinating to me and I love having them in my backyard where I can watch them every day. You'll love having them! What a fun thing for you to share with your dad!Delete