- May 17, 2021
- Reaction score
- Perpignan, France
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- More than I planned
OK..so some of this is of my own making but still....bear with me. Up front I should say I'm aware this may not be the 'best' way to do things, however, I'm learning and it's fun.
- Wednesday last week I introduced 2 new Buckfast queens into 2 Nucs and all went well. Today I had a quick look and in 1 nuc saw 3 capped queen cells + another 2 or 3 charged cups. Timing wise they must have been early work in progress when I moved the frames from a hive (Hive 2) to create the nucs for the arriving queens. I squished all of them. I should add both queens are laying. (Thanks for the help to those of you who replied to my post last week on how to introduce the queens by the way.)
- I've tried grafting this week - not as easy as I thought....I set up a nuc with a load of nurse bees and some frames of stores to add the grafts to.
- Attempt 1: 0/10.
- Attempt 2: 2/10. Hurray! That'll do for me for the moment. I can do something with 2 but don't really want any more.
- 2 frame nuc - I took a frame with a capped queen cell and some bees (from Hive 2...) at the weekend. They've doing nicely - in theory emerging queen next Sunday / Monday.
- Hive 2...... this is a swarm from May 19th and they've done well. Still, they are either thinking of swarming or superseding and queen cells seem to be top of their mind at the moment. They've spawned all the ones mentioned above, and have another capped cell, and 2 charged open cells on the go. I haven't yet decided what to do with these....move the queen into a nuc or simply let nature takes it's course. I'm favouring moving the queen right now though, although of course I could just find myself in the same position again in a weeks time. Any views on what I should do?