Archive for June 2017

Apiary Meeting 18 June 2017

weather very warm and sunny – 28 degrees.
Hive #1 – inspected by Richard. Queen not seen. No Queen cells. 4 frames of brood in all stages. Need to mark Queen when found. 2 supers nearly ready for extraction. Varroa = 2.
Hive #2 – for Wednesday inspection.
Hive #3 – not inspected as waiting for queen to emerge. Varroa = 5.
Hive #4 – inspected by Liz & Rowan. Queen seen. 4 frames of brood. Moved frame of drawn comb inside brood cluster to encourage laying to edge of brood box. Only 9 frames. Varroa = 0.
Hive #5 – not inspected as waiting for queen to emerge.
Hive #6 – for Wednesday inspection.
Hive #7 – inspected by David P. Queen had been destroyed the previous week, as aggressive colony. 2 queen cells seen. Leave for a further 3 weeks.
Hive # 8 – inspected by David P. Second attempt at queen grafting unsuccessful. Moved all frames to bottom brood box. Queen found and marke

Apiary Meeting 11 June 2017

Weather sunny and windy – 20 degrees.
Hive #1 – inspected by Richard. Queen not seen but laying well plenty of brood in all stages. Some bald brood. Some old brood moved to edges, to be removed later. Plenty of stores and room.
Hive #2 – left for Wednesday inspection
Hive #3 – not checked as QCs being left for three weeks (from 4 June). Next check 25 June.
Hive #4 – inspected by Peter. Brood in all stages on 3 frames. Moved drawn foundation nearer to brood. Found small Queen and marked White. Plenty of stores and room. Varroa count nil.
Hive #5 – not checked as being left for QCs to emerge and queen to be mated. Next check 18 June. Varroa count 15.
Hive #6 – left for Wednesday inspection.
Hive #7 – inspected by Mel. On brood + half but only top brood box inspected as bees very angry. Brood on 11 frames. Queen found and destroyed. Leave for three weeks. Next inspection 1 July.