Close-up of honeycomb

Thyme Hive First Look

So, today started off with a bit of a panic. Our boxer-pit, Apollo (aka “Klutz Monkey”) went running around the yard like a madman at 5 a.m. and had a mishap on his usual O-course route. He ran under an old boat trailer, and cut his shoulder badly on a piece of rusted metal at the bottom.

So I stayed home from work today to take him to the vet for his stitches.

The hubs left his office a bit early so that he could help me with the hives this afternoon. I wanted to get in there and get the queen cages out, make sure both hives had live queens, and check the feeders. I got the smoker fired up before he got home, and then he and his camera joined me in the yard.

Bees on front of hive, one with pollen
He got a great shot of this little girl on the landing board. Apparently she had been out grocery shopping – look at those beautiful pollen baskets!
Cluster of bees in center of hive
Got the first two frames out and we could definitely tell – they are up to SOMETHING in there 🙂
The queen cage was right where I'd left it, but she has been released. We never saw her today, but since the workers are bringing in pollen we are reasonably confident that she's in there.
The queen cage was right where I’d left it, but she has been released. We never saw her today, but since the workers are bringing in pollen we are reasonably confident that she’s in there.
They did build their comb down from the queen cage. In fact, it isn't even really attached anywhere else on the frame. But it's nice and straight, so I decided to just leave it be until the comb is attached securely to the rest of the frame.
They did build their comb down from the queen cage. In fact, it isn’t even really attached anywhere else on the frame. But it’s nice and straight, so I decided to just leave it be until the comb is attached securely to the rest of the frame.
Close-up of honeycomb
The hubs zoomed in and cropped this great shot of the comb and it’s newly-stored pollen.
Small oval of wax comb in empty frame.
A second frame of comb beginning, nice and straight from the top bar.
Bees on hive-top syrup feeder
They do seem to like this hive-top feeder! After only three days, I added almost 3/4 gal. of 1:1 sugar syrup. I cleaned up the burr comb that they were starting to build in the gap.

So overall, Thyme seems to be healthy and happy, foraging and building comb. I didn’t see any evidence that the queen is laying eggs yet, but at this stage of the game it’s pretty hard to tell. I’ll check again next week!

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