- Jul 30, 2019
- Reaction score
- Titterstone clee South Shropshire
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- Over 20
I did that last year Neil added two supers.Got a call from one of my landlords to say that their neighbours had cut down part of the dividing hedge and bees were buzzing the tree surgeons. "Could I do anything or move the bees?" I said I'd go over and put up a piece of net to get them to fly above head height.
When I arrived the hive on brood + 1/2 was extremely busy so I thought I better have a look in. On cracking the crown board it was obvious this was a rammed box. I checked the super and found plenty of drone brood. When I went into the broodbox everything looked good until I spotted the queen and sealed queen cell on the same comb. Since this was the 5th frame I assumed this was probably a supercedure but over the subsequent frames I found another 6 cells in various states. I decided to do a thorough search, leave one unsealed cell, remove the queen to a nuc with lots of bees, two combs of sealed brood and some combs of stores.
I added a super but if it had been warmer I would have added two!
So it begins!
Q. If it was a different part of the season would you of done something more with the spare cells rather than getting rid of them?
My thoughts I wonder how many possible queen's get squashed in a season? Is this at the right time not possible stock we could use?