__ Observe bees at entrance,
(look for dead bees or abnormal behavior and appearance.)
__ Do you see significant "spotting of feces on the hide?
(If yes, the bee may have Nosema and need to be medicated)
__Do you see eggs?
You should find only one egg per cell)
-- Can you find the queen?
(Is she the same marked one you introduced?)
__ How the brood pattern?
(if should be compact and plentiful during the brood season)
__ Evaluate your queen based on her egg laying ability.
(Do you need to replace her with a new queen)
__ How do the larvae look?
(Larvae should be a glistening snowy white)
__ Check for swarm cells.
(Take swam prevent steps, if need)
__ Check appearance of brood cappings.
(Cappings should be slightly convex and free of perforations)
__ Check for supercells.
(May be an indication that your queen is underperforming and need to be replaced)
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__ Do the bees have adequate water supply?
__ Clean off propolis and burr comb that make manipulation difficult.
__ Check ventilation
(Adjust based on weather conditions)
__ Is it time to feed?
(This usually is done in spring and autumn, depending upon where you live)
__ What did you do for hive manipulations?
__ Is the colony heathy?
(You should find lots of active bees, healthy looking brood, a clean hive and nice swell smell)
__ Do you see evidence of Varroa mites (on the bee on sticky board)
If yes, take corrective action
__ Observe bees on the ground in front the hive. Do they appear to be staggering or crawling up grass blades and then falling off?
If yes, this may be an indication of a virus or tracheal mites. Take steps accordingly.
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