Beekeeping is so much fun!!
I opened the hive today primarily to retrieve the Queen cage and to see if the girls needed feeding.
I am the worst bee-smoker-lighter ever!! I swear I followed instructions to the letter, but my smoke petered out after about five minutes. So, except for a puff or two, I opened an unsmoked hive. The girls were as calm as, well,… really calm bees. :-)
There are some guys doing construction work at my next-door neighbor’s house. When they saw me in my bee regalia, they expressed concern that I was going to “rile them up.”
When I offered the guys some honey (bad choice of words!!) and assured them the bees were going to be happier when fed, they calmed down too.
I couldn’t find Queen Maria Amalia, but I’m sure she’s there because the bees seem so happy.
They’ve drawn out a few frames of comb, but I don’t think I’m going to open the hive again for a week or so. I’ll just check to see if they need sugar syrup. They did need some today.
P.S. I’m going to post on the proper way to light a smoker. Maybe I’ll learn something…