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Hi, Everyone!

Hi, Everyone! Yipee, I was finally able to remove the hive body with those awful plastic frames in it. Goodbye and good riddance!

My hive that started as a NUC is doing well. I'm seeing fresh eggs, larva, and capped brood (everything I need to see) but I have not found an abundance of it. Don't get me wrong, the hive looks good, I guess I expected more from my girls. My queen makes an appearance every time I go into that hive. I told her last time, "if you're going to strut around in here like that, then you better have a reason to strut!" This hive did have more hive beetles than I've ever had in any of my hives, which still wasn't but about twelve. The girls have kicked the drones out as well.

My other hive that started as a package is looking AWESOME! The queen in this hive is really doing her job. There are still drones in the hive and they are raising new drones as well. The frames are packed with brood. I haven't been able to find the queen in this hive for months, but if she doesn't want to be seen thatss okay as long as she keeps up the good work.

The only thing that caught me off guard in this hive was the fact that the bees had packed about an inch wide strip of propolis on top of the foundation near the bottom of several frames. I haven't seen this before. Since propolis has anti-microbial properties (you know... the good things for the bees) I left it alone. I guess I'll find out this weekend when I check them if I made a good decision or a bad decision.

See you at the Bee Farm!