This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Check for queen acceptance

New packages should be checked for queen acceptance. What a beekeeper needs to do is to go into the hive and look for eggs. When you see eggs or small larvae, we can assume the bees have accepted the queen and the hive will move forward. If you do not see eggs or small larvae there is a possibility that your queen was not accepted, or the queen was killed during the installation of the package. It can take up to twelve days for a queen to start laying. Sometimes new beekeepers cannot see eggs. But when the larvae start growing, they are easy to see. Beekeepers want to see a nice egg laying pattern. The queen should be laying in a large concentric pattern, hitting most of the cells. A spotty brood laying pattern could be an indicator of a poor queen
 A hive that is queenless, needs a new queen right away. Failure to check for queen acceptance or not getting a new queen in the hive right away (if needed) can possibly lead to hive failure.

This is the stage of larval growth. From egg to capped brood