Apr 16

Over wintered Nucs

It’s been a late start this season and as of today’s date I consider it three weeks later than 2014.¬†

 

My over wintered nucs are in two camps, the very ordinary and the romping ahead camp. The temptation is to borrow from the good to boost the poor but no I am resisting. The good un’s will end up as colonies very shortly, the next two weeks should do it with some warmth, and the laggedybobs can toddle along until it is swarming time when they will be useful, as in the queens can head up new nucs and their bees can be added to existing stocks to give them a boost up, or added in to swarm nucs to boost them.¬†

 

Ah the delights of nucs, they are so versatile.

 

PH

 

Apr 05

Finally and Honey bound

The weather changed and I have been busy today.

 

How are they? Curates egg all in all, one is excellent and some are average and the rest are pretty poor, the long cold spell has taken it’s toll, but that I expected.¬†

 

The excellent one was on 8 frames of brood. Yes, 8 frames. And frankly would have been on at least another two but for being honey bound.

 

It’s an oddity but in my experience bees confronted with slabs of sealed honey in Spring just look at it and leave it alone. However if you bruise it, as in crush the cappings they will munch it away and happily expand. If you leave it they will¬†just¬†be confined.¬†

 

I bruised one and put it slap dab in the middle of the 8 and next week it will be 9 frames of brood if not ten as I put an empty frame next to them as well. 

 

PH

 

 

Apr 03

Frustration

In all the years I have had bees I cannot recall ever getting into April with out having achieved the first inspection, yet this is my situation and I am not happy at all about it. It is as ever a judgement call. Do I just barge on and do more harm than good or do I exercise patience and await the weather break which the odds are favouring more and more with each passing day of cold. 

 

Yesterday the forecast was talking about Tuesday as being warm, 16 was mentioned so I intend seeing what is what if that actually happens. 

 

I hope you are in a better position than I

 

PH

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