I just run a bar across so that national frames hang leaving a bit of extra space in the box in terms of width. The more unoccupied space in the box the better I find. As long as you don't leave a swarm in there too long your shouldn't experience comb being built where you don't want it. I generally just put in one frame of old brood comb then frames with starter strips to fill out the box. You can get away with putting in just three frames if you really want but I don't always get to pick up the swarm that quickly and a new swarm draws a lot of comb very fast.Like the sound of that. Guess her boxes can be made to fit national frames. Will give it a go. Did you put traps near the existing hives?
I finished the work at the apiary today and all I have left to do is move them, a bit too busy for that todayLove your set up!
Glad everything survived the storm. My hives all held up but a couple of my chicken houses were not so lucky despite being weighed down with truck straps and concrete blocks. Spent yesterday afternoon piecing one back together.Well I finished the rounds after(?) the storms and all are safe. At the farm yesterday and the wind was still howling, despite this there were plenty on the wing and pollen returning. The 'nucs' had a lot of activity around them with a cloud of orientating bees by the time I was leaving.
Took a photo of the location of the old coal mine for a then and now comparison with an old picture from 1906.
That is a very positive start to the season! I took advantage of the weather to take a peak at 4 four of my hives. All with good levels of brood, stores and lots of pollen. My strongest colony already had a section of drone brood. Looks like this good weather will continue for another few days thankfully.After doing the rounds over the last couple of days, 30+ hives and nucs and just the one that looks lost. The queens we raised last year are doing really well and stuffed with bees, flying well with plenty of stores.
Three separate lines used and all very nice bees. We set some aside last year to sell this Spring, I was considering just moving them to another site but you can't keep them all so will stick with the original plan.
As usual our yellow line are all looking very strong they will all need space next inspection.
Checking the rest next week but they are all busy so hoping to find a similar story.
I've had 4 of Jon's 1 superseded 1 is very chalky and the other two are wintering well, first inspection one has 6 frames of solid brood the other a little more, these two have been frugal and have had 4litres of 2:1 in the autumn along side the ivy.I've tried John's twice, of the first two one was killed and the other superseded pretty quickly
The next two were so chalky I gave up on them.
I have two of Ceri's overwintering in nucs and they look great. I looked through on Friday and they behaved as if I wasn't there, good and strong too.
I have two of Murray's on order as well but of course they don't belong in this section so I'll say no more.
It sounds like you have a nice site, I'm in a similar position with an abundance of Ivy. There are some small patches of Balsam around that they benefit from as well but I do like to make sure they all have some thymolised invert.Just looked at my six hives of black bees (some local, some derived from Jon Geddes stock) and found a large amount of ivy honey which they had packed in last year. It was so good last year that most didn't get any supplementary sugar feed. They still had five or six frames full, so no danger of running out of food in the future, so they have all had a couple of frames removed and empty frames dropped in beside the brood nest. Still way too much, but I assume swapping out will have to be paced over the next few weeks. What is everyone else doing about surplus brood nest stores
Thanks, it was all going well, I have everything organised and ready and now a fresh bunch of problems to deal with. I'm hoping it's not going to mean playing catch up later on.That is a very positive start to the season! I took advantage of the weather to take a peak at 4 four of my hives. All with good levels of brood, stores and lots of pollen. My strongest colony already had a section of drone brood. Looks like this good weather will continue for another few days thankfully.
This comes from a long way back, and so apologies if it has been discussed before.Sensible questions.
Like in other animals and plants hybrid vigour can give good results for a generation or two, but in honey bees with multiple mating the end result is a hybridised mess of erratic and often poor quality bees, so I think it is the wrong path to go down.
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