Went into mine today. Just as well. Three absolutely rammed with brood and nectar. Supers on just in time I think
Was watching mine yesterday .... lots of activity ...looking through the crownboards there are lots of bees and a couple of colonies are building some free comb on the top of the frames ... temperature here tomorrow 12 degrees and rising over the next week to a fairly constant 14 degrees max 6 degrees minimum with mixed cloud and sunshine ...Although we had a heavy frost last night (third morning on the trot I've had to break the ice on the chicken drinkers) days are beginning to get a little warmer, I wasn't able to go to the bees today (or tomorrow) but spent this evening getting the truck geared up to 'summer ready' mode, a dozen or more shallows permanently loaded, queen excluders and (at the moment) a few poly nucs filled with drawn comb if I need to sort out any colonies that are stores bound. The damson tree in the home apiary is plastered with blossom and was busy with bees today, the other plum trees are also starting to bloom, as is the cherry tree...
We left our potting shed roof colony on 14x12 and a superWas watching mine yesterday .... a couple of colonies are building some free comb on the top of the frames ...
I think it's time to crack the crownboards, see what's going on and be ready for first supers to go one ... Yehhhhh ... here we go again !
Perhaps Varroa suffer from Vertigo ... or the potting shed is on a significant confluence of energy lines ... are you putting another bait box up there this year ?We left the potting shed roof colony
We left our potting shed roof colony on 14x12 and a super
It already had lots of drone brood in the bottom box but masses between boxes. How anybody copes with brood and a half I don’t know!
Interestingly all the drone brood I destroyed cleaning up and putting an excluder in place hadn’t a single varroa.
Already up.Perhaps Varroa suffer from Vertigo ... or the potting shed is on a significant confluence of energy lines ... are you putting another bait box up there this year ?
The potting shed is DEFINITELY on the confluence of energy lines... I don't need my dowsing rods I can feel it from here !Already up.
The problem I had last year is that the swarm arrived in the morning and had foraged substantially by the evening. I didn’t want to lose all those bees so we left them there, the idea being that we would move them out to a friends first but that never happened and before we knew it there were two supers on top.
I have a plan this year, a better one
Did the same yesterday, had been thinking about my strongest colony down in the valley esp as I had seen drone brood when I had a v quick look in March, not looked since.During a sunny spell today I checked the entrances of all hives for drones (I have yet to inspect inside hives at all, and am paranoid about swarms).
Just one hive (a 6-over-6 frame double nuc) had drones, and it had quite a lot of them. This scared me into doing a first inspection on that colony.
I took the opportunity to move them into a full sized hive.
No swarm cells, thankfully. Quite a bit of brood. About 10 frames of bees (bees not brood). Not that much honey, so feeding them now.
Slightly more relaxed on the other colonies now that there were no swarm cells (or even cups) in the one colony that was producing drones. This may be foolish. Am I right in thinking that hives that intend to swarm generally produce their own drones first?
All the bricks and mortar reflecting warmth means you are ahead of the game in the smoke. The birds are nesting and the boxes are occupied in my garden, but the insects and food sources for young birds are in short supply at present.It not just my bees “fledging”. Saw baby Blackbirds, Robins and Bluetits in the garden over the last couple of days. It’s spring with a vengeance.
Hi Mark,Painted /stained all boxes Black inc a paynes nuc now converted to 8 frames 14 x12 and an abilo poly hive.
checked inside the abelo it was broodless a few weeks ago . they were all flying so i had a quick look .I opted to treat with OAas bees had polished up all the old comb. Pleased to report there are now 3 14x12 mainly caped brood in a nice pattern. Really pleased to note how calm and friendly my bees are. As it was only when I swapped out the last of the old standard brood frames for a 14x12 and i Shook the bees off I realised I hadn't put my veil on . I also removed the super that had some honey in for winter stores as they haven't touched it and have plenty in the the brood box , I thought that still being only a few seams they may be struggling to keep the hive warm even though its poly.
Today I started making up some bait hives from 40l storage boxes from Argos they take a national frame nicely and will just take a 14x12 £10.
Are they hiding from you? I've had Blackbird chicks dotted around the garden for weeks.All the bricks and mortar reflecting warmth means you are ahead of the game in the smoke. The birds are nesting and the boxes are occupied in my garden, but the insects and food sources for young birds are in short supply at present.