Sunday, 13 April 2014

First Shook Swarm

Colony 5 had drawn a lot of the foundation out, so I removed all the old brood and gave it to colony 4 in preparation for queen rearing.  Colony 5 now has a queen excluder underneath the brood box which I will remove after our break in Majorca. It has a couple of frames of old stores and I have given a little syrup. Tomorrow I will treat with "Hive Clean" and then add a super when we return from our hols.
Hive 3  seems a little slow to build up, that was the colony I shook swarmed in July and then overwintered in  a poly hive!
In 10 days I'll remove the brood from colony 1, moving it too colony 4, as above.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

2 queens

Quick check to see if they are building on the new foundation when colony on position 4 had a surprise. It superseded last September and still has both queens, nick suggested getting a photo, will try !