The sun was out today and the temps were up in the 50′s, so it was a good day to inspect the hives one more time before wrapping them. I pulled the mite meds out of each hive, inspected each of the supers, put the inner cover back on top, and prepared it for winter.
No sign of the new queen in the one hive, but I did see larva and eggs which tells me she’s there and doing ok. I also inspected the good hive and found that within a week they had drawn out and filled 9 of 10 frames in the new super. Shit! None of them were capped yet, but it looks like I need to get another super on top asap.
I am now officially a beekeeper. I got interested in bees a few years ago after I read a book by Charles Mraz on Apitherapy. My interest grew not out of a desire for honey or mead or anything like that, but out of the plain interest in keeping bees, and learning more about these fascinating creatures.
Today I picked up two nucleus colonies from Northwoods Apiaries in Westfield VT. How do I feel? Excited to give these chicas a new home.