Checking the hives

May and June are swarming season in Montana, so it’s a good idea to keep close tabs on the activity within the hive to ensure they are focused on brood development and gathering nectar instead of leaving. Last week, I suited up alongside Grant to take a look at the activity in the hives before he moved them to the alfalfa fields.

As he removes a frame of bees you can see many workers busy tending to the brood, as well as the queen, which Grant spots in short order. Overall, they look healthy and happy, ready to bring in a lot of honey when the nectar flow is in full swing.

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