Archive for August 2017

Apiary Meeting 6 August 2017

Weather warm 20 degrees.  Objective of meeting was to review supers ahead of extraction next Sunday (13 August, 2pm at Petersfield Community Centre).   Each colony left with 1 super for stores.  Surplus supers placed over clearer boards with Porter Bee Escapes.  Varroa check.

Hive #1 – 1 full super to extract.   Varroa = 48.

Hive #2 – No supers to extract.  No varroa board.

Hive # 2A – No supers to extract. No varroa board.

Hive #3 – 2 x deeps.  Brood inspected in top deep only.  Unmarked Queen seen and marked Yellow.  A lot of stores in top deep but limited stores in supers.  High level of deformed wing and uncapped brood with dead larvae, suggesting high levels of varroa. Varroa count = 107.   6 frames to extract.

Hive # 4 – No supers to extract. Varroa = 21.

Hive # 6 – ?

Hive #7 – ?

Hive # 8 – additional super left under Clearer Board to create room for high number of bees.  Varroa not recorded.

Apiary Meeting 30 July 2017

Weather sunny 19 degrees.

Hive #1 – inspected by Mel. 14 x 12. Queen not seen – small number of eggs and young larvae. 2 supers each 50% full. Varroa = 30.

Hive # 2 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive #2A – Wednesday inspection.

Hive # 3 – inspected by Liz & Julia. 2 x deeps. Queen not seen. No QCs. Brood and stores OK. Removed wax moth and reduced entrance due to wasps. Varroa = >50.

Hive # 4 – inspected by Graham. Queen seen. Brood on 6 frames. 1 super. All OK. Varroa = 5.

Hive # 5 – not inspected.

Hive # 6 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive # 7 – inspected by Graham. Queen not seen but brood in all stages. 2 supers (top) could be extracted.

Hive # 8 – not inspected as charged QCs waiting to emerge.