Today the waiting period was over for checking on the released queen at the Coyote Yard that we described in the previous post. Isn’t she a beauty? When I checked the hive today she was already laying eggs in a good pattern and the whole hive was so gentle that I could check them without a veil and with minimal smoke. So that makes five out of five successful queen introductions with our new Koehnen Queens. I’ll check them again in about two weeks and if all still looks well I will buy several dozen more for our re-queening and hive-splitting project in July – if Koehnen does not sell out before then. Sure hope not.
Before that, we will do another honey harvest in about a week. We’re very happy to have more to harvest during this dry year.