Capped honey, brood, and nectar

Happy Hive Report, Newest Queen Doing Well

I can’t say enough how much I love our horizontal hive, and how happy I am to have quit “working” the bees for honey production. The hive has swarmed at least three times this spring, giving our colony a healthy break in the brood cycle (keeps down pests like Varroa mites), and the bees seem to be doing perfectly fine raising new queens and continuing their busy bee business.

Lance and I did get into the hive today to check up on everything. I wanted to make sure the newest queen was healthy and laying, and see if they needed any new frames for honey.

So happy to have such healthy bees!
So happy to have such healthy bees!

We opened the hive at the hottest part of the day while most of the field bees were gone, and still there was the best possible crowd of nurse bees and other workers contentedly milling inside. We checked about three-quarters of the way through the frames, but once we saw that they had pulled comb (but not yet filled with honey) on the outer 4 or 5 frames, and had gorgeous patterns of brood comb in the center of their hive, we knew they were thriving.

Capped honey, brood, and nectar
Capped honey (bottom left), capped brood (top right), and nectar (bottom right), plus bees!

We slightly re-arranged the pulled comb to put it closer to the middle, and closed their hive. We never even had a guard bee come bump us. They were the quietest they’ve ever been for so large a hive. It’s always delightful when it goes that smoothly and well.

I especially love that I don’t have to lift and move heavy supers. No accidental bee crushing or back straining or comb breaking! Every hive should be a horizontal hive.

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