Building comb

first inspection

We inspected the hive this morning. I still haven't seen the queen in there, but then again I'm slowly building up my confidence when it comes to calmly removing top bars and inspecting them while the bees seem to get a bit pissed off. Also, I don't seem to have the smoking technique down quite yet, as the bees sometimes ignore the fact that I'm blowing smoke in their little faces. But in the top box, it looks like 6 out of the 8 bars have fully-built-out combs. I slid one out, a little surprised that it wasn't attached to the sides yet - perfectly straight comb, covered with bees, and looks like honey on the back side.

Next time I hope to find evidence that the queen is healthy and busy - in the meantime, I'll be doing more research to understand what that actually means.