I went in to check on my girls today. Last Friday I went in to release the queen… and lo she was dead. To say I was distressed would be about right - but I didn’t panic. Sometimes there’s a second queen in a package. And with #topbar #beekeeping its trickier because it takes the bees longer to build up comb. I fed them more, and buckled down to get through the weekend, and made calls. Several calls. Was assured I could get a new queen if I needed her. Then we waited. Today, I was treated to this gorgeous comb, which is a massive relief. It was their only piece of comb, so I did not brush them all off of it to hunt for eggs, given I saw what seemed to be the queen. *relief* I’ll be checking again on Thursday or Friday and look for larva (eggs are still near impossible for me to see, even with bifocals) and pray we have a hit. I upped their feed, and made sure they had pollen patty even though many bees where bringing in full pollen pants. I want them to have all the resources they need close to home to get that brood rolling. They can ignore the patty if they want to. Meanwhile, I will take a small breath of relief that things seem to be moving along smoother for my little nucleus.
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