This morning I took the entrance reducers off the hives.
The reducers help the bees keep strangers out until they
build up enough guard bees to protect the entrance,
but yesterday I noticed there was quite the line waiting to
come into the hive. Kind of like Whole Foods on opening day.
If you click on this picture you'll be able to see
I've circled a couple of bees carrying pollen in on the
baskets on their legs. Pollen is protein and it's
essential for the rearing of brood. I've given them pollen patties
inside the hive, but natural is better. Go bees!