… and 3 of them are marked! At some points last year I thought I would never reach this level of beekeeping! Or maybe the weather and bees have been kinder to me. Either way, I am delighted.
- Hive One: Contains the May swarm - Queen laying, slow to draw out new brood comb. I have feeder on top to encourage drawing comb
- Hive Two: The hive that swarmed in May - have recently seen eggs and larvae so must have a 2014 Queen
- Hive Three: Started as 3 frames with Queen cells from Pete in April – has laying Queen (2014 Queen), she’s marked, slow to draw out brood comb. I have feeder on top to encourage drawing comb
- Hive Five: Started as 2 frames with Queen cells from Pete in April, originally was in a nuc but transferred to full size hive last weekend - has laying Queen (2014 Queen), she’s marked, slow to draw out brood comb
They need to draw the comb so the Queen can lay more eggs so I have strong hives for July nectar flow.
The allotment is also beginning to bloom and providing some flowers for the bees:
- Where we are in the Beekeeping Calendar
- New how-to guide: Bee Hygiene
- Key beekeeping activities of the moment: Swarm Management / Varroa Management / Feeding Bees
- One year ago in the apiary: Life Without Bees
- Two years ago in the apiary: Building more beehive parts – by myself
- Hive Record Cards: Hive One, Hive Two, Hive Three, Hive Five