“…speaking words of wisdom, let it beeee.
Words of wisdom indeed. I dragged my friend Abby into the hive this past weekend. It is really and truly a coincidence that my last post featured my same bee keeping attire. The fact that Abby showed up in pink too, was serendipitous. In truth, I didn’t have to drag her at all. Though she had the normal trepidation any sane human would exhibit when faced with tens of thousands of insects that sting, she bravely suited up with me and manned the smoker.
This was a total inspection on my original hive including removing the queen excluder from between the top two boxes and trying to find signs of a queen all the way to the bottom. This hive had swarm cells last week and though I removed them, my morning mug of tea with the ladies all week made me think something was amiss. They didn’t seem to be flying as much as the second,healthy hive. They just seemed listless and agitated, hanging around the landing board like a girl scout troop without a leader.
“And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be”
We found nothing, no brood, no sign of a queen for a long time. What brood had been there when she left, had since hatched, adding to the civilization of confused beings. They were docile and resigned. With heavy hearts we respectfully returned the boxes and closed the lid to return them to their sorrow.
I went inside and emailed my bee mentor, Jodi, with the sad news and pleas for something I could do, some way to instantly restore their universe to its former grandeur and peace.
Her words of wisdom were to “Let it be.”
“Give her another week. Sometimes it can take 2-3 weeks before you see eggs. Hard as it is we need to try to be patient.
If you don’t see eggs by next Wednesday (1-1/2 weeks) then I’d do a proper combine, but not quite yet.
I know it’s hard, but we need to give her a little time… This is just what I would do.”
There will be answer, let it be…