Inspecting A Framed Beehive


frame hive. - To do this safely, you will need; - a smoker, - a hive tool - a full bee suit, or at least a face vale. - and some gloves. A more complete description of all the equipment used in bee keeping can be found at]]>

Step 1

Before You Begin - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Before You Begin

In this film we’re going to show you how to inspect a modern moveable frame hive. To do this safely, you will need:

  • A smoker.
  • A full bee suit, or at least a face vale.
  • And some gloves.

Step 2

When To Inspect - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

When To Inspect

The best time of day to inspect the hive is either mid morning or early afternoon. Make sure the weather is good with little wind and no rain.

Step 3

To Begin - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

To Begin

Light the smoker and approach the hive from the rear or the side. Blow 3-4 puffs of smoke towards the entrance and wait for about 3 minutes for this to take effect.

Step 4

Removing The Roof - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Removing The Roof

Place the roof upside down on the floor near the hive, with the underside facing skywards.

Step 5

Removing The Crown Board - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Removing The Crown Board

Using the hive tool, slowly lift the crown board. Place on top of the roof, right way around. Blow a couple of puffs of smoke over the exposed frames.

Step 6

Removing Any Honey Supers - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Removing Any Honey Supers

If your hive has a super then you can just casually look from above to see how many of the frames the bees are working on.

Lift the super and place it on top of the crown board.

Step 7

Removing The Queen Excluder - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Removing The Queen Excluder

Use the smoker again if there are lots of bees on the top of the hive. An inspection can be per-formed once most of the bees are in the brood box.

If there is a queen excluder, use the hive tool to gently prize it off. Always look on the underside for the queen. If she is there, then gently brush her onto the brood box and continue. Place the queen excluder on top of the super.

Step 8

Type Of Inspection - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Type Of Inspection

A quick inspection consists of checking only every 3rd or 4th frame, whereas a full inspection consists of inspecting each brood frame one by one.

Sometimes the first or second frame will be sealed into the box by wax produced by the bees. In this instance you can just move onto the next freely available frame. Some beekeepers use a dummy board in the place of the first frame to prevent this from happening.

Step 9

Conducting The Inspection - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Conducting The Inspection

To do this, remove the first frame from the right. Inspect the frame and place it on the floor, resting up against the side of the hive. Remove the sec-ond frame and inspect it. Replace it where the first frame previously was. Continue sequentially.

Step 10

Replacing The Frames - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Replacing The Frames

When you’ve finished the inspection, carefully shuffle the frames back into their original position. Pick up the first frame and place it back into the gap.

Step 11

Closing Up The Hive - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Closing Up The Hive

Start closing the hive up by first replacing the queen excluder. replace any honey supers, the crown board and roof.

Step 12

Washing Your Tools - Inspecting A Framed Beehive

Washing Your Tools

When you’ve finished your inspection, it’s very im-portant that you give your tools a thorough clean. This will prevent the spread of disease, helping to maintain a healthy colony.