It’s 63 degrees outside. I’m inside. I’ve got my knee propped up after knee surgery.
But, it’s too nice out there, and I’m going to have to go out and make a hive inspection.
I only have the one hive left after having lost my other one to swarming last summer. As of about a week ago, there were a couple of bees flying around.
Probably the first thing to look for are eggs and larvae when opening the hive. That would definitely tell me if there’s a queen about. I’d say to actually look for the queen, too, but I haven’t had much luck spotting queens.
Beverlybees.com also had a good post on How to Autopsy a Honey Bee Colony. It would probably work as a good inspection resource for spring, too. Tomorrow I figure I’m ready to hobble up to the hive.