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Collecting pollen  

New Member Customer

Both queens are released but as I was checking there was one doing her dance with her legs full of pollen. They are still building comb. Is this a problem since the don’t have anywhere to store it yet? I have 4 days experience keeping bees.

Posted : 02/05/2018 8:23 am
BM Staff
Member Admin

That actually sounds pretty good!

From your description, it sounds like the colony is trying to make a home in your hive and is liking the location and your hardware setup so far. 

Sending foragers out to get pollen is a sign that they're trying to brood up. The queen will start laying eggs on an almost bare foundation as the workers build the comb around them (they have about a week to build up the comb around the egg while the larvae grows and before the cell needs to get capped). 

Even though they will be bringing pollen, it will be quickly used up to feed the new larva, so they won't be storing much (maybe not storing any). 

Just keep feeding sugar syrup since they need it to make that new comb. 

Posted : 02/05/2018 10:30 am
New Member Customer

Thank you I was wondering if they were getting ahead of the curve. The sugar plugs you gave out worked like charm.

Posted : 02/05/2018 10:54 am
Justin Branham
New Member

My friend is also using sugar plugs. It works wonders.

Posted : 28/11/2018 11:41 pm