So I got started with Bees last year and had a blast learning and watching them. I didn't get any honey but I still enjoyed it. However, the winter was so long and very cold and the bees didn't make it. I was really torn whether to try again or just move on with all that I have going on. Well, an opportunity arose for me to get a couple more hives started and so I dove back into it head first. I've had the bees for a little over a month now and already have emergency queen cells on one of the frames. This is one of those moments where I doubt my knowledge a bit but I will press on and continue to research and hope for the best. :) After attending to my hives this morning I decided to take a helper (my youngest daughter) back out with me and take some pix. I have a wonderful friend who I met last year and he helped me set up my first hive and helped me split the hive into two. And so I'm hoping by taking pix he can help me decide if I should let nature take it's course or if I should intervene.
frame has 5 emergency queen cells on it. 4 of which are already
capped. Okay what does that mean? Basically what happens is every hive
has only 1 queen and if that queen gets sick or died for any reason the
worker bees (also female) will start making a larger cell in the frame
that they will feed and make into a new queen. When they close it off
the process is complete and the queen egg just has to grow. Now some of
you might be thinking, if there is only 1 queen per hive why are there 5
queen cells???????? Well I think they might do this as a back up
plan, their survival depends on the queen so they over do it to make
sure they provide what is needed. However if all of the queens make it
out then we have a few things to think about.......One the strongest
might take out the others (this is what I'm hoping for). If one queen
hatches before the others she will go around and destroy the other cells
and all that is in them. My fear is they will split and I might loose
part of my hive. :( I would not be happy about this.
Here are some closer looks at the comb.
Here is me
at the end. Today I didn't get stung but those bees were a little angry
toward the end of my exploration of their hive. HaHa They stayed
around my hat for a long time making sure I knew they were a bit ticked