We got a visit from the State Bee Inspector last week. Ken Warchol, our local inspector, must check our hives at least once per year. He checks for diseases, pests, honey, equipment, and how well you keep your bee yard.
This was a milestone year for us. We are no longer "New Beekeepers" on the inspection sheet.
He confirmed exactly what we found in Rose's (formerly Pink's) hive - they are going to swarm (if they haven't by now) and he found five capped swarm cells. This is great - there will be plenty of strong contenders for the throne.
Sun's hive is in lovely shape with lots of people honey and good stores of bee honey.
Joy's hive is getting honeybound AGAIN.
So, this was a good report. Ken kindly stopped by on his way home just to chat and have some lemonade. I learn so much from him about my hives and he is a generous teacher.
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