Checked all the hives today, getting straight now hopefully. Hive 1, Queenright with capped honey in the super, and stores in the brood box - no feed needed. Hive 2, released the new Queen from the introduction cage, candy was almost through, so I let her out anyway. Left a rapid feeder with 1:1 sugar … Continue reading Looking Better
Checked my hives last Friday and Saturday, all ok (Queen problems aside). Yesterday, a new Queen I'd ordered arrived, and on checking the hive before introducing her, I was surprised to see dead bees - they had smashed through all the honey/nectar stores and were dying from starvation. I quickly knocked up 5L of 1:1 … Continue reading Good and Bad
My bees at Lytchett are faring a bit better than the ones at home, but not much honey still. The frame of eggs I moved into the Queenless hive did the trick, with several emergency Queen cells having been raised. Some were very small, and poor quality, so I destroyed them and left one good … Continue reading Better News
Bloody bees! Splashed out on two new Queens, one has turned out to be a drone layer, the other one is hardly laying at all, and after nearly three weeks, should be going great guns. Now I don't have any colonies strong enough to support my Queen rearing program, and will have to squish and … Continue reading Oh Bother!
I Removed a feral colony from a hollow tree today - all safely re-homed. The home owner wanted them gone as they were becoming a nuisance.