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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.

Apiary Meeting 26 July 2017

Weather cloudy with some drizzle. 17 degrees.

Hive #2A – inspected by Tom. Brood in all stages on 6 frames. Small amount of sealed drone brood. Old marked Queen seen, not new Queen. 2 frames of stores. 7 frames of stores in super, assessed by weight, not inspected.

Hive #2 – no records. Not inspected.

Hive # 6 – no records. Not inspected.

Apiary Meeting 16 July 2017

Weather overcast 22 degrees.

Hive #1 – not inspected as being left for Queen to establish.

Hive #2 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive #3 – not inspected as possible supercedure cell.

Hive #4 – inspected by Liz. Queen seen. No QCs. Brood I. All stages on frames. Varroa = 6.

Hive #5 – not inspected as waiting for charged QC to emerge.

Hive # 6 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive # 7 – inspected by Mel. Brood + half. Queen not seen. No QCs. 3 frames of brood in all stages. Very little room for Queen to lay as half brood full of capped stores. Swapped 4 frames of stores from top half with 4 frames of drawn foundation from super. Varroa = 1.

Hive #8 – inspected by Liz. Queen not seen. 3 charged QCs, 1 sealed. No eggs seen but plenty of sealed brood. No brood in top half, as full of capped stores. 2 empty drawn frames added to half brood. Temperament good, suggesting Queen could b present. Varroa = 43.

Apiary Meeting 12 July 2017

Hives #2 & #6 inspected.

Hive #2 – inspected by Rowan. Queen seen but very small/young. One sealed QC in supercedure position. Brood in all stages. 1 super. Leave for three weeks for Queen to establish. Varroa = 48.

Hive #6 – inspected by Rowan.
Queen not seen but brood in all stages. Bottom deep: 2.5 stores; 4 brood. Top deep: 4.5 stores; 6 brood. Varroa = 32.

Apiary Meeting 9 July 2017

Weather sunny 28 degrees.

Hive #1 – inspected by Rowan & Julia. Queen seen. 1 supercedure cell on frame 4. Leave for 3 weeks. 1 super removed. Varroa >100.

Hive #2 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive #2A – Wednesday inspection.

Hive #3 – inspected by Rowan & David. Brood box not inspected as waiting for Queen to emerge. Wet super removed. Varroa = 4.

Hive #4 – inspected by Rowan & David. Queen seen. Brood on 5 frames. Stores on 7 frames in super. Varroa not recorded.

Hive #5 – inspected by Anne. Queen not seen. Supercedure cell charged. Leave for 2 weeks. Some stores in super are granulated. Varroa not recorded.

Hive #6 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive #7 – inspected by Graham. Brood + half. Queen not seen. No eggs/larvae. Added frame of brood in all stages from #8, although temperament suggests Queen could be present. Super to be extracted. Varroa not recorded.

Hive #8 – inspected by Liz & Mel. Brood + half. Queen seen. Brood in all stages on 11 frames in bottom deep. Gave frame of brood in all stages to # 7. Replaced half brood with emptied super (drawn). 4 supers full of uncapped stores. Varroa >80.

Apiary Meeting 5 July 2017

Hives #2A & #6 inspected. Weather warm and sunny 25 degrees.

Hive #2A – inspected by Tom. Queen not seen but brood I. All stages in good laying pattern. Most frames in supers capped. Varroa = 0. Very gentle bees.

Hive # 6 – inspected by Liz. Double brood. Brood in all stages seen in top brood box. Two supers 75% full. Removed dummy board and moved one frame towards centre of brood. Varroa = 19.

Apiary Meeting 2 July 2017

Weather warm and sunny 26 degrees.

Hive #1 – inspected by Liz & Rowan. Queen seen and marked Yellow. Queen still has damagaed abdomen but no supercedure cells and brood on 6 frames. Empty frame moved inside pollen barrier. Varroa = 52.

Hive #2 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive #2A – Wednesday inspection.

Hive #3 – brood box not checked as QC waiting to emerge. Wet super taken off. Next inspection 15 July. Varroa = 4.

Hive #4 – inspected by Liz & Rowan. Queen not seen. Brood on 5 frames. Dummy board removed. Varroa = 4.

Hive #5 – not inspected as waiting for Queen to emerge. Varroa count not recorded.

Hive #6 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive # 7 – inspected by Graham. Queen not seen but brood in all stages. Brood + half. Transferred four frames full of stores from half brood to super and replaced with empty drawn frames, to create more room for queen to lay. Varroa = 1.

Hive #8 – inspected by Peter. Brood + half. Queen seen. Brood on 9 frames. Super added above QX and Rhombus Board put under top super. Happy healthy colony. Varroa not recorded.

Apiary Meeting 28 June 2017

Wednesday inspection of Hives #2 #2A and #6. Weather sunny 25 degrees.

Hive # 2 – inspected by David. High number of cells with 2 eggs. No drone brood and no drones. Poor attempt at supersedure cell. 6 play cups taken down. Leave as is, as colony not thought to be robust enough to swarm.

Hive #2A – inspected by Tom. Queen not seen but laying well. Brood in all stages. Gentle bees. Varroa = 0.

Hive #6 – inspected by Tom. First inspection for one month. Two deeps. Brood in all stages in good pattern in top brood box. 2 supers 75% full. Queen not seen. Bees angry. Varroa = >155.

Apiary Meeting 25 June 2017

Weather cooler 20 degrees after long hot spell.
Hive #1 – inspected by Liz & Mel. High amount of propolis. Queen seen – appeared to have damaged abdomen. However, eggs seen on two frames. Ability to raise Queen cells if needed. Some Deformed Wing Virus. Swapped supers 2 & 3 to encourage filling of stores. Varroa = 48.
Hive #2 – for Wednesday inspection.
Hive # 3 – inspected by Rowan. Double brood. Colony had been left for 3 weeks for queen to emerge and be mated. Mating successful as small Queen seen, with 2 frames of brood in bottom deep. Each super 25% full. Varroa = <5. Hive # 4 - inspected by Liz & Mel. Queen seen. 4 frames of brood in all stages. Frame inserted into brood cluster last week beginning to be filled. Further frame added. Varroa = 3. Hive # 5 - inspected by Anne. Colony had been left for three weeks for queen to emerge. Queen not seen. 2 frames of brood, mostly drones. 2 Queen Cells. Leave for a further 3 weeks. Hive # 6 - for Wednesday inspction. Hive # 7 - not inspected and leaving for 3 weeks for new queen to emerge. Hive # 8 - inspected by David P. Queen not seen. 9 frames of brood in all stages. 3 supers. Removed 3 queen cells and placed empty half brood under Queen