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Apiary: October 18th

This was the last session of the year, time to put the ladies to bed.  mouse guards and woodpecker guards time.   We have been feeding most colonies since September and now some are ready to come off the feed.

We are again trying to overwinter hives by under-supering but as little stores have been coming some supers were completely empty.   Under-supering is where a full or nearly full super is swapped from above the brood box to underneath, the advantage is that the bees, as they move about the hive , more frequently go down to the entrance to do poo flights and cross over the stores, so they know where food is available. It also moves the brood cluster higher up where its warmer (that’s my theory anyway).

This week we did not go through the colonies as they were all checked for being queen right last visit.  our main aim was to check stores and feed if necessary.

Weather:   Sunny,   15 C,  light wind.

Hive#1

Inspected by Liz H .

Brood Chamber:   14 x 12,   with 1 super, (part filled)

Mouse guard added, topped up with half litre heavy syrup, woodpecker cage put on.

Varroa board checked and 4o chalk brood bodies found , VCount  – 0.5/day.

Hive#2

Inspected by Nigel.

Brood Chamber:   14×12,  with 1 super ( part filled)

Mouse guard added, topped up feeder with 1″ sugar syrup, woodpecker cage put on. VCount – 2/day

Hive#3

Inspected by Phil G,

Brood Chamber:  National Deep.

Empty Super taken off, rapid feeder topped up ,mouse guard added and woodpecker cage on. VCount – 0.5/day

Hive#4

Inspected by Mel.

Brood Chamber:  National Deep. with  1 super.

Under supered from spare nearly full super from hive 5.  mouse guard added. feeder still full ( will take off next visit)  and woodpecker cage to be added.  VCount – 0

Hive#5

Inspected by Mel.

Brood Chamber:  National Deep.  2 supers,  one full, put under deep. other nearly full. ( put under no4) mouseguard added and woodpecker cage put on.  VCount –  1/day

Hive#6

Inspected by Peter R.

Brood Chamber: National Deep,   1 super  only part filled.  Rapid feeder topped up.  mouse guard put on and woodpecker cage added.   VCount –  1/day

Hive#7

Inspected by Peter R.

Brood Chamber:   2 National Supers.   with full top super .

Top super put under brood supers.   Mouse guard and woodpecker cage added.  VCount – 2 /day

Hive#8

Inspected by Peter R

Brood Chamber: National Deep and Shallow.   1 super,  part filled.

Rapid feeder topped up with heavy syrup.  Mouse guard and woodpecker cage added. V Count –  > 0.5 /day

Hive#9   Warre Hive  Not inspected,  but woodpecker cage added. and feed topped up.

Hive#10 Top Bar Hive.

Inspected by Peter R.

Doing fine, but still needing feeding. Rapid feeder topped up

Nucleus 15 F

Inspected by Liz H

Brood Chamber: National  Deep.

MAQS strips (put on 10/10 ) taken off,   feeder replaced and refilled. mouse guard put on and woodpecker cage added VCount –  20/day ( due to treatment)

Poly  Nucleus

Inspected by Richard W.

Quick check through after used for demonstration hive at Blackmoor apple day.  Q seen, BAS. all seems ok. stores low so topped up integral feeder.  cage put over the top.   VCount – > 0.5/day

 

 

 

 

 

Apiary : 4th October

There were only five of us on Sunday afternoon.   The sun was out and the wind not too bad but still a bit chilly. The  bees were out and flying, working the ivy.    The main aim of the afternoon was to check queenright after the MAQS treatment, check stores and  refill  feeders.

The Warre hive needed attention as the frames transferred from the nuc and cut down to fit, required being refixed  to the top bars.

All the MAQS strips for varroa treatment were taken off  on 20th and the entrance blocks replaced and varroa boards inserted on 29th September.  Heavy syrup feed was put on those colonies in need.

Weather:  15 C    Sunny spells,  light wind.

Hive#1

Inspected by Liz H,

Brood Chamber   14 x 12

Queen Not Seen (QNS), No QCells, 2 frames brood,  6 frames of stores. No Super.

Temper: 8

1 litre of heavy syrup put on.

varroa count : 6   in 7 days

Hive#2

Inspected by Mel

Brood chamber 14 x 12.      1 super

Queen seen,  No QCells, 3 frames brood, 3 frames stores.

Temper :  9

added Varroa board, young larva, no eggs seen.  1 litre syrup put on, broken lug on 14×12(foundation) replaced with dummy board.

Hive#3

Brood chamber,  -National  deep.     1 super

QNS.  3 frames brood and new eggs, 3D stores,  super empty.

Temper:  9

Feed half taken,  but had been put below super, so feed topped up and added above super.

no Varroa,  board cleaned and replaced.

Hive#4

Inspected by Richard W

Brood Chamber: National deep.    1 Super

QNS.  3 frames of Brood all stages, and new eggs.  4D frames,2S  of stores

Temper:8

Rapid feeder topped up with  1 litre syrup

Varroa count – 30 in 7 days.

Hive#5

Inspected by Peter R

Brood Chamber –  National Deep.   2 supers

QNS,  3 frames of brood, and new eggs.  4D frames stores.  one super full 2nd starting to fill.

Varroa count –  30 in 7 days.

Temper 8

Hive#6  

Inspected by Liz H

Brood chamber – National Deep.   1 super

QNS, 2 frames of brood, 3 frames stores, super nearly empty, ( poss taken down into D)   feeder left on.

Varroa count – 15 in 7 days

Temper:  9

Hive#7

Inspected by Mel

Brood Chamber –   2 shallow  National.    1 super

Queen seen,  4 frames of  brood, 4 stores, 1 litre of syrup  added

Varroa board added

Temper:  8

Hive#8

Inspected by Peter R

Brood Chamber –   Shallow and Deep.      1 Super

QNS,   4 Frames of brood,  2 D frames of stores. – not much in super.  1 litre heavy syrup added

Varroa board added

Temper:  9

Hive#9

Warre Hive.

Inspected by Brad D

QNS,  3 frames of brood, 5 of stores, room ok.

Brood frames cut down from National deeps had been strapped up to the top bars with masking tape, now eaten through.  Frames restrapped and hive reassembled.     Small  half litre feeder ontop empty, refilled with heavy syrup.

Temper: 6

Hive#10 

Inspected by Peter R

Top Bar Hive

Queen seen, 3 frames of brood,  1 of stores.    Topped up with 1 litre of heavy syrup

Temper: 8

Nucleus  15 F

Brood Chamber – National Deep.

Queen seen,  4 frames of brood,  3 frames of stores, plenty of room.    rapid feeder put on with 1 litre heavy syrup.

Temper: 8

Nucleus 15H

Poly Nuc.

QNS,  2 frames of brood, new eggs and larva,  half frame of stores, plenty of room.

Inbuilt feeder topped up with syrup.

 

 

  

 

 

Apiary:Next Meeting-18th October

The next Apiary meeting will take place on Sunday 18th October at 2:15pm when we will be continuing feeding, if necessary, checking queenright and generally starting to get the colonies ready for winter.

 

Apiary : 13th September

 

 

 

It was a rather chilly overcast afternoon when we assembled outside the store and kitted up, starting smokers and catching up on what was happening in each others apiary’s, getting ready for the winter and the various different methods of treating for varroa

and the pro’s and con’s of adding insulation above the crown board.  Its always nice to chat over problems and to socialise.

The main aim of the afternoon was to check if colonies were queen right, stores, and the application of MAQS strips.

Weather:   Cloudy   16C                  7 attendee’s

Hive#1

Inspected by Liz H,

Brood Chamber – 14 x 12

Queen seen,

1 Super, 4 frames of stores

MAQS strips put above brood chamber and entrance block removed as per MAQS recommendations.

Hive#2

Inspected by Liz H

Brood Chamber – 14×12

Queen seen

1 Super  – nearly full

MAQS strips put on above brood chamber.

Hive#3

Inspected by John M

Brood Chamber – Single Deep National

Queen seen,   brood all stages,( BAS.)

1 super, will need feeding after treatment

MAQS strips put on

Hive#4

Inspected by  Phil G

Brood Chamber – single Deep

Queen not seen but  BAS.

MAQS strips put on.

Hive#5

Inspected by Mia F

Brood Chamber – Single Deep.

Queen not seen and no eggs/larva but sealed brood present.

2 supers -both quite full.

MAQS strips put on

Hive#6

Inspected by Phil G

Brood Chamber – Single Deep

Queen seen – 4 frames of brood , BAS.

1 super –  very light, will need feeding after treatment.

MAQS strips put on

Hive#7

Brood Chamber – 2 shallows

Inspected by Mia F

Queen not seen but BAS and new eggs.

1 super full of stores.

MAQS strips put on

Hive#8

Inspected by John M

Brood Chamber – Shallow and Deep

Queen not seen but  BAS in both Shallow and Deep.

1 super but not very heavy, will require feeding after treatment.

Note:-  quite a lot  of dead bees outside entrance 100+.  possibly due to spraying activity nearby.

MAQS strips put on.

Hive#9

Warre Hive.

Brad Davis and myself attended Friday and combined Nuc 15 B , by cutting out brood and stores and attaching to bars

with masking tape, and using the paper method put above the main colony. ( drone laying queen dispatched last inspection)

colony being fed with 1:1 syrup .  checked  but still full.

Hive#10

Top Bar Hive

Queen not seen but BAS, on 3 frames,  not much stores . has been fed 1:1, now empty. topped up with Heavy syrup

broken comb on moving hive to apiary has now welded itself to neighbouring frame.

MAQS not put on as colony not strong enough.

Nucleus 15 F

Inspected by John M

Queen seen, 5 frames of brood, – wet empty super removed. rapid feeder put on with heavy syrup

Nucleus 15 H

Poly Nuc

Still going strong,  1 emerged queen cell, 2 frames of BAS, still room , feeding reservoir refilled with Heavy syrup.

some chalkbrood evident.

Nucleus 15 J

Nuc taken from No5, – No sign of queen or brood, left on top of 5  as last chance queen late in mating due to bad weather.

 

 

 

Apiary:30th August

Two notable achievements at this meeting: a) all colonies have now been checked for brood disease – and passed b) all queens have now been marked. 1-1 Syrup feed was provided to the following hives after the last meeting:  #4, #9, #10 & #15H. Additional feed was provided at the meeting as per the following notes. Most of the ‘wet’ supers put on at the last meeting were removed having been cleaned by the bees. It was noticeable that any whiff of honey within the apiary or indeed in the car park and store resulted in close attention from bees and wasps. Lack of experienced beekeepers meant some hives were not inspected.

Weather: Cloudy, 17C

Hive#1

Not inspected this meeting but ‘wet’ super removed fully cleaned.

Hive#2

Not inspected this meeting but 2 ‘wet’ supers removed fully cleaned.

Hive #3

Inspected by: Liz H
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen (Unmarked/2015) seen and marked Blue.
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood (eggs and larvae)
0 frames with stores – needs feeding
room for laying OK
Supers: 1
‘Wet’ super removed fully cleaned
Temper:9

Hive#4

Inspected by: Mel E
Brood Chamber: (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen
0 queen cells
5 frames with brood including eggs
Brood Health Check: OK
5 frames with stores – fed with 1:1 syrup
room to lay OK
Supers: 1 – super marked as hive being fed
Temper:8

Hive#5

Not inspected
‘Wet’ super removed – being used to store nectar put over #15/B

Hive#6

Not inspected

Hive#7

Inspected by: Richard W
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow):
Queen (Blue-2015 & Clipped) seen
Top Shallow
0 queen cells
5 frames with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Bottom Shallow
0 queen cells
1 frame with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Supers:1
‘Wet’ super removed fully cleaned
Temper:9

Hive#8

Not inspected

Hive#9

Warre Hive
Inspected by: Brad D
2 Boxes:
Top Box
Queen (Unmarked/2015) seen and culled – Drone Layer
0 queen cells
3 frames with brood including eggs. All sealed brood drone.
5 frames with stores but total stores low
All frames checked for removeability
Bottom Box
Top bars only
Topped up contact feeder with 1l 1:1.
Unite with one of nucs at next session.
Temper: 9

Hive#10

Not inspected

Nucleus #15B

Inspected by Richard W
Single Deep:
Queen (Blue/2015) seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood some sacbrood
2 frames with stores low
room for laying OK
Added ‘wet’ super from Hive#5 over crownboard
Temper: 9

Nucleus #15F

Inspected by Jon M
Single Deep:
Queen (Unmarked/2015) found and marked Blue
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood
0 frames with stores – Needs feeding
4 frames with room for laying
Supers: 1
Moved from Hive#8
Temper: 9

Nucleus #15H

Not inspected

Nucleus #15J

Inspected by: Brad D
Wooden Nucleus
Queen (Blue/2015) seen, actively flying
0 queen cells
1 frame with sealed brood
1 frame with stores
1 drawn frame with room and 2 foundation frames
Queen not originally seen, started dismantling nucleua when she arrived. Probably too late for her to successfully mate but left till next session just in case.
Temper: 10

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

Apiary: 2nd August

What a contrast,  last week it was cold, wet and windy, this Sunday was warm and sunny and the bees were out enjoying themselves.  It’s a shame that there were only 7 of us to enjoy it.  The bees were on their best behaviour, and we finished at around 16:30. Thanks again to Pippa for a welcome cup of tea at the end.

Weather,  Hot and Sunny.   no wind.    21 C.

Hive # 1   

Inspected by Liz H

Brood chamber ( 14×12)

Queen found at last and marked Blue

0  queen cells

2 frames of brood ( reducing from 8) all stages but not much young brood.

3 frames in the 14×12

room to lay ok

supers 2  but not enough to extract

Temper 9

entrance reduced with fern to allow guard bees to repel large number of wasps around.

Hive #2

Inspected by Mel

Brood chamber 14×12

Checked 3 supers only.

#1 empty but starting to draw,

#2 drawn and starting to fill

#3 full and put above cleared board with porter escapes. They worked ok and no bees left next day.

Hive#3 

Inspected by Richard W

Brood chamber:   Deep

Queen not seen. possibly absent but frame of eggs put in on 7/6 not used to make an emergency queen cell, so possibly a virgin queen still around.  Will use one of the mating Nucs if nothing seen on the next inspection.

No eggs or larva, but still a few sealed brood.

stores ok

1# super  quarter full

Temper:  10

Hive #4

Inspected by Brad D

Brood Chamber: 2 Deeps

Queen seen in bottom deep

2 taken down in bottom deep

4 frames brood

room for laying ok

Super#  1  filling

Temper: 8

Notes: Top deep full of stores, so put above Rhombus clearer board and taken off for extracting next day. clearer board worked ok with only a few bees left.    Entrance also reduced.

Hive#5

Inspected by Mel

Brood chamber #  2 Deep

Queen not seen

no queen cells or brood

plenty of stores and room

Temper : 8

notes: Top deep put under bottom deep

Hive#6

Inspected by Richard W

Brood chamber:  1 Deep

Queen seen and repainted as very faded.

No Queen cells

5 frames of BAS and new eggs

4 frames of stores

2 frames of room

supers : 2  S1 three quarters full,  S2  quarter full.

Notes:  Some (10 +) chalk brood found on brood frames.

Temper: 10

Hive#7

Inspected by Mel

All Super hive. –  only supers checked.

Top super full and put above Clearer board with porter bee escapes.  2nd super  three quarters full.

Temper: 9

Notes: –  Another problem with roof ventilation mesh missing, arrived next day to a robbing mass of bees. cappings and dead bees blocking the porter bee escapes.  Roof replaced and new Canadian clearer board put under.

Hive#8

Inspected by Brad D.

Brood Chamber: Shallow/Deep.  Not Checked

Supers#3   s3 undrawn, s2 and s1 checked and full frames moved to s1 for putting above Canadian clearer board.

Entrance reduced

Notes:  Canadian clearer board worked very well, with very few bees left.

Hive#9

Inspected by Liz H

Ware Hive,

QNS,  but no Queen cells

Brood all stages with day old eggs.

8 frames of stores

plenty of room

Temper : 10

Notes:  2 torn down queen cells located,  lot of wasp activity, entrance reduced by 50%

Nuc  15B

Moved another meter , Deep box, making up nicely.

5 frames Brood all stages and new eggs, stores ok and still room.

Nuc  15F

Housed in Deep,  5 frames of Deep, building up ok BAS and new eggs, but queen not seen

stores and room ok

Temper: 8

Poly Nuc     still going – frames of BAS and new eggs.  QNS

 

Nuc 15 D  and  Nuc 15 G       Both shaken out as no brood or eggs, so queenless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apiary:19th July

Hive#4 was not inspected as it contains a developing queen. All other hives were inspected with emphasis being placed on the supers.

Weather fine, 20C.

Hive#1

Inspected by: Liz H
Brood Chamber (14×12):
No queen seen since new queen emerged 14/6.
0 queen cells
8 frames with brood in all stages
4 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Supers: 2
Temper:9

Hive#2

Inspected by: Richard W
Brood Chamber (14×12):
Queen seen and  marked Blue.
0 queen cells
8 frames of brood no eggs or larvae
3 frames of stores
2 foundation 14×12 frames used to replace deep and extra dummy board
Supers: 3
Temper:9
Roof replaced as missing gauze over ventilation holes allowing robbing.

Hive#3

Inspected by: Jon M
Brood Chamber (Deep):
Queen not seen. First inspection since queen cell left to develop.
2 queen cells, first removed conatined dead larvae second removed appeared OK.
0 frames of brood prior to adding frame with eggs as test frame from Hive#6 marked ‘X’.
Stores OK
Room for laying OK
Supers: 1
Temper: 8

Hive#4

Not inspected, awaiting emergence and laying of new que

Hive#5

Inspected by: Anne B
Upper Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen not seen
0 queen cells
0 frames with brood
stores OK
room for laying OK
Lower Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Not checked.
Supers: 3
top super still has room.
Temper:9

Hive#6

Inspected by: David P
Brood Chamber (Deep):
Queen(Blue-2015) not seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood, exchanged frame of brood with eggs to Hive#3 as test frame
? frames with stores
? frames with room
Queen excluder moved below shallow containing stores to reduce brood chamber to single deep.
Supers: 2
Removed empty shallow but replaced with shallow previously part of brood chamber
Temper:10

Hive#7

Inspected by: David P
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow):
Queen (Blue-2015 & Clipped) not seen
Top Shallow
0 queen cells
8 frames of brood
2 frames of stores
room to lay OK
Bottom Shallow
Not checked
Supers:3
Temper:7

Hive#8

Inspected by: Peter R
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep):
Queen (Blue-2015) seen, no further check
Supers: 3
Added super
Temper:9

Hive#9

Warre Hive
Inspected by: Brad D
2 Boxes:
Upper Box
Very small and black queen seen
0 queen cells
0 frames brood, polished cells evident
8 frames stores
All frames checked for removeability
Extra comb has been built
Box 2
Top bars only
Temper: 10

Mating Nuclei

#15A
Inspected by: Brad D
Assembled 3rd May from Hive#3 (Primary rearing) housed in Wooden nucleus
Laying workers – nucleus shaken out.

#15B
Inspected by: Peter R
Assembled 10th May from Hive#3 (Primary rearing) housed in Deep box
Queen (2015/Green) seen
0 queen cells
5 frames brood,
Moved additional 3′ towards Hive#7.
Stores OK
Room OK
Temper:6

more to come…

Apiary : 12th July

 

 

Apiary ,visit on Sunday 12th July.

The weather was against us from the start with a fine drizzle and gusty wind, so the first hour the four of us who braved the conditions, were making frames and cleaning boxes in our new workshop/container, which Pippa has loaned to the club.

The container has been fully lined and a full length bench fitted, ideal for making up frames and boxes.     This is a very useful asset and means we can even work when raining.

As the weather was marginal we only checked one hive, moved and rehoused a nucleus and added some new supers.

Hive#1  ( 14×12) Inspected by Liz H, Queen not seen (QNS), no Queen cells, 8frames of brood,  room ok, 2 supers. part filled. Temper 8 (very good considering conditions).  Lots of drones but few drone cells. Brood all stages filling the big frames making them very heavy.

Hive#2 (14×12) Inspected my Mel,   Very angry hive so did not open up brood box but as supers were full, we put a new super with foundation on top of the brood box and a clearer board under the top super.  Temper 7

Hive#3  Inspected by Mel,  Brood box not opened,  clearer board put under top super.

Hive#4  Clearer board put under top super.

The rest of the hives were not checked due to the bad weather.

Nucleus

15A   Not checked

15B  Rehoused into Deep with added drawn frames and 2 dummy boards. Moved another 3ft.  queen laying well and stores ok.

15D (#1)   1 frame brood all stages, and 1 large sealed qc.  QNS. so left cell,  lots of bees, stores ok.

15E (#2)  1 frame of mostly drone cells, and drone larva,  1 stubby queen cell. not making up very well.

15F  Deep,  QNS,  4f brood all stages and new eggs.  large recently emerged queen cell.  stores and room ok, building up well.

15H  Poly nuc ,  not gone through as made up last week  with QC.

Apiary: 5th July

 

Sunday was a lovely sunny day after a cloudy start,  ideal weather for going through the clubs hives to check all’s well.

the five main things we were checking ,   Queen cells, space, stores, disease, brood at all stages. Because there were so few of us we skipped some hives as they had either queen cells or virgin queens. Weather sunny, 18C with light wind.

Hive#1   Not inspected, awaiting laying new queen

Hive#2 Not inspected, awaiting laying of new queen

Hive#3 Not inspected, awaiting laying of new queen

Hive#4 Inspected by David P Brood Chamber (Double Deep) frames aligned the warm way. queen not seen(green 2014) Top Deep 20 queen cells , 9 frames brood, 2 stores, room ok. Bottom Deep 7 queen cells,  7 frames brood,  2 stores, room ok. Super 1 full, ready to take off, super 2 filling.   Another super with foundation added under . Notes:  A frame with one queen cell on and a frame of stores moved into a poly Nuclei. and another big queen cell used to replace a rubbish qc in Nuclei 15D( cardboard no 1) Temper:   10

Hive #5  Not gone through as sealed queen cell last week.

Hive #6 Inspected by Liz H Brood chamber (shallow over deep) Queen seen and marked blue., No QCs . 4 frames deep brood, none in shallow, 9 stores in super. Temper:  10

Hive# 7 Inspected by David P Two Shallow brood boxes. Queen not seen but marked previously.(blue) No QCs top brood box – 8 Frames, 7 frames in bottom box. 5 frames stores , 4 frames of room. one super, part filling. Temper:  7

Hive#8 Inspected by Liz H One Deep Brood box. and 3 supers Queen seen, No QCs,   but brood all stages. 6 deep frames of brood, 3 stores,  not much room in single deep. Notes:  As little room , moved queen excluder up over bottom empty super . Temper: 7

Hive #9 Not gone through

Mating Nuclei

15A wooden end nuc,qns. 2 brood half stores, b.a.s. lot of drone brood, slow making up.

15D cardboard no1, qns. 1 brood ,  1 qc replaced from colony 4. stores ok.

15E cardboard  no2  qns.  old drone brood only, no eggs or larva. very sluggish bees.

15G cardboard no4   qns.  3 brood , 1 stores, strapped for space so transferred into Deep Brood box

15H  Poly Nuc    set up from hive #4  – no check required till 26/7

 

 

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