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I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here. Along the way, I've passed a number of certification levels and am now a
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

State of the Small Swarm Hive

Today it was very gratifying for me to do an inspection on the small swarm hive. The queen is quite busy. I did not see Her Majesty, but she is obviously hard at work.

The first picture shows both brood and eggs.

In the second picture you can see very young brood in the upper center of the photo as well as eggs. I don't know how Halil Bilen put numbers on his cells in his wonderful post on his blog, but in the center picture if you look hard you can see the stages from days 1 -4 represented between the upper bees in the picture. Again in this picture there are eggs everywhere there is an empty cell.

I'm so proud of this little hive for surviving and creating their own queen after the earlier tragedy.
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