///Apiary:16th August

Apiary:16th August

Following on from the Main Flow extraction, which resulted in 84lbs of jarred honey, the main focus of this meeting was to check the brood health of at least 50% of the hives prior to autumn varroa treatment; check adequate stores following the abrubt end to the summer nectar flow and return the ‘wet’ supers to their respective hives for the bees to ‘clean-down’. Drones disappearing fast!
Weather: 20C, fair.

Hive#1

Inspected by: Liz H
Brood Chamber (14×12):
Queen (Blue/2015) seen
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood in all stages
9 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Supers:1
consolidated down from 2
Temper:8

Hive#2

Inspected by: Liz E
Brood Chamber (14×12):
Queen (Blue/2015) not seen
0 queen cells
8 frames with brood
stores OK
room for laying OK
Supers: 1+1
consolidated down from 2
Temper:8

Hive #3

Inspected by: Liz E
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen (Unmarked/2015) not seen
0 queen cells
1 frame with brood (eggs and larvae)
stores OK
room for laying OK
Supers: 2
Temper:9

Hive#4

Not inspected

Hive#5

Inspected by: Brad D
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Rationalised down from 2 deeps. Queen excluders separating deeps and beneath bottom deep removed
Queen (Green/2014-Clipped) seen Unmarked queen in same deep moved to new nucleus 15/J
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood including eggs, 3rd frame used to make up nucleus 15/G.
Brood Health Check:  OK apart from a little bald brood
9 frames with stores OK 10th frame used to make up nucleus 15/G
room for laying OK
Supers: 2+1
Temper:9
Nucleus 15/J:
wooden box sited on top of Hive#5 (entrance reversed) to facilitate re-uniting if queen proves drone layer.

Hive#6

Inspected by: Richard W
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen(Blue-2015) seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
Brood Health Check: OK apart from some chalkbrood and wax moth damage
4 frames with stores
3 frames with room
Supers: 2
Temper:9

Hive#7

Inspected by: Peter R
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow):
Queen (Blue-2015 & Clipped) seen
Top Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Bottom Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Supers:1
donated other super to Hive#8
Temper:7

Hive#8

Inspected by: Peter R
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep):
Queen (Blue-2015) not seen
Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
0 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Deep
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
0 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Supers: 2
including super from Hive#7 25% full
Temper:9

Hive#9

Warre
Not inspected

Hive #10

Long Top-Bar
Inspected by Peter R
Queen seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
0 frames with stores – Needs feeding
6 seams of bees
Temper: 9
1 frame needs comb repairing

Nucleus #15B

Inspected by Liz H
Single Deep:
Queen (Blue/2015) seen
0 queen cells
brood in all stages
stores low
room for laying OK
Temper: 8

Nucleus #15F

Inspected by Richard W
Single Deep:
Queen (Unmarked/2015) not yet found
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
0 frames with stores – Needs feeding
4 frames with room for laying
Temper: 9

Nucleus #15H

Inspected by Richard W
Polynuc:
Queen (2015) found and marked Blue
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood including eggs
1 frame with stores – Needs feeding
room for laying OK
Temper: 9

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