Another hot day today, 28° or so with not a cloud in the sky, and light airs. I painted some 6 frame poly nucs this morning, and some spare vented travel lids for them, but I forgot all about the new box of mating nucs. We have our grand kids on Sundays, so I did … Continue reading Jobs to do
I set up a new out-apiary at Lytchett Minster today, I think I melted into my suit it was so warm. The bees were so placid it was amazing, despite having been closed up for almost a day, transported in a car and then moved from nucs into hives - they seem to have a … Continue reading New out-apiary
Winter is a busy time for beekeepers, all spare kit has to be cleaned and disinfected ready for the new season, broken and damaged equipment needs repairing, and all the new kit for the coming year has to be made.
Glad to see a lot of bees flying today after all the snow and ice of the past week. Judging by the numbers on the front of the hive, and those flying, they look like they have come through the winter quite strong too.
Supercedure cells are created when the bees want to replace the existing queen, who they have decided is no longer up to the job. This could be because she may be old, she may be damaged or many other reasons.