Frame Inspection to assess Colony Health and Condition
The following checks are done simultaneously when inspecting frames; they are not listed in order of importance as they all are important.
Usually, checking frames begins with the 2nd frame from the outside*, revealing the honey stores first.
*The outside combs on both sides are often partially attached to the side walls with wax. Pulling these frames out first can result in ripping out chunks of comb filled with honey, creating a bit of a mess. Special care has to be given to the outer frames if they need to be separated from the hive walls, what is much easier when all other frames have already been removed.