Your bees sound like they are doing great! Just inspected my colony they seem to be building up quickly now.Sweltering heat and sunshine has brought on a big flow and the hives are looking stuffed. Spent the season until now assessing last years queens and still have five in mind for queen rearing next year, excellent temperament and they are piling nectar in.
Three of these queens have made no swarm attempts, the other two are mother and daughter from a preemptive split. The daughter is now in a double brood with four full supers, I only have deep boxes to offer now. Her mother has gone on to fill a double nuc with brood and the third box I added was completely drawn and filled today with two frames nearly capped so I added a fourth. All five of these colonies are beautiful black bees and it looks like I'm going to have some lovely cut comb from them.
Clearer boards going on tomorrow with a view to getting some supers spun off and back out sharpish.
Decided to leave two colonies that drew single cells to their own devices, one did actually supersede but the other one swarmed last week, they are now hived up and getting on with things, only four colonies made swarm attempts this year, I'm very happy where we are at the moment.
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I'll have a look at that, I've put chives in as one of the nabours says my bees are always on his. Fruit yields have never looks so good as this year to!Plant some Oregano, I've never seen a plant like it for honey bees.
Oz Armour suit or not, I was dripping by the time I finished adding extra boxes and putting clearer boards on, I'm up on the stand now so I can see in with some of the hives. I could hear them as soon as I pulled up, someone turned the fans on and I was met by a load of bees at every entrance, fanning for all their worth. The supers of foundation I put on last week are now full and being capped, I lost a few super combs to wax moth a while ago and I wanted to make them back but these are tempting me to cut them out. All my super wax is cut comb foundation so I'll have to think about it.
I just sent my friend a photo of a colony, third generation from one of his Amm, these are every bit as black as they were so will be requeening most of his colonies with queens from these and the other candidates.
Beautiful cappingsAll good news today, she has sealed worker brood and now has a frame of emerging brood to pick her numbers up. The swarm is also viable with a nice black queen strolling the combs and laying well barely a week after boxing them, like chalk and cheese.
Different feel today, plenty of dopey bees in the supers as I checked each one. All the boxes I threw on for space have either been fully drawn or filled and capped, they really have done well this year, it's going to be a record harvest despite all the foundation they drew. I'll bring another batch of supers for extracting next week and squeeze them down in stages with a view to getting them all off before August ends. I keep saying this but it usually goes into the first week of September.
How fast the season passes.
To me like nectar. My wife thinks so too and has become as possessive as the bees about itThanks for the update.
That meadow is stunning ....... but so is the honey!! Nice amber stuff, how does it taste?
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