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Bees are collecting pollen

It such a great sight. nike mercurial Pollen on the back legs of the bees. acheter chaussures nike Even better when it is Feb and only 10 degress. nike air max 95 The pollen was a very brigh white colour. Fjallraven Kanken Sale Not a huge amount coming back but at least they were finding something. basket nike tn Does anyone know what it might be. nike femme pas cher My pollen chart says Hazel pollen is white and the http://tinyurl.com/c9todd says maple is light.

Spring time and the bees

It has been a long time coming but the sun is out and the mercury has risen giving our bees the opportunity to get out into the fresh air work those muscles.

We have been told about colonies not coming through the winter so I was worried about our hives but so far the ones in Battersea are all well and the hive in Wallington is amazingly strong. nike air max 2012 10 frames of bees. nike air max 2017 Don’t understand how that can be but there it was. Kanken Big UK I gave them a new brood with new foundation and some drawn out comb. nike air max 90 femme 2017 Hopefully the queen will move up into the clean parts. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack Sale Then I can isolate her with a queen excluder for 3 weeks when all the brood has hatched.

Added wet frames this morning.

After harvesting a super of honey I gave the bees back the empty wet frames for them to lick clean. nike magista I did this first thing this morning which sent the bees into a frenetic buzz looking for the source of this amazing food. nike chaussure This meant loads of foragers went looking for it outside the hive. nike kwazi It took them about an hour to realise that the food was not outside the hive but inside the hive above the clearing board. nike air tn During that hour I had hundreds (or so it seemed) of bees checking out the porch, nike roshe run kitchen,

Battersea hive and the drone laying queen

After yesterday’s inspection from the lovely man from the Central Science Laboratory it was discovered we had a drone laying queen in the WBC hive therefore the colony was on it way to certain death. Gladly though I had a nuc with a small colony of bees that I had recovered from a secondary swarm a few weeks earlier and was therefore able to use to give new life to the failing WBC hive.

To combine the two hives I took all the contents of the nuc including the queen and placed them into a super on top of the brood box of the WBC separated by a sheet of newspaper. nike air huarache (I had previously taken out the drone laying queen). Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Mini Overnight the queens pheremone will spread throughout the combined colonies and hopefully the inhabitants will then happily live side by side. Basket nike 2018 The bees will tear away the paper until the workers are free to move between the two sets of frames.

This morning I had a look at the entrance and everything seemed to be normal. nike air max 2014 No fighting or dead bees.

Tomorrow I will find the queen and put her in the downstairs brood box and give them a feed. Mochilas Kanken Classic Hopefully there is enough time for the colony to expand in numbers before the autumn.

Queen in the super

Battersea – I was expecting a super full of honey but instead I got a queen in the super. nike huarache At least she is a laying queen proven by the brood over a couple of frames.

There didn’t seem to be many bees though so I reckon they swarmed when we were away on holiday.

I replaced a couple of the empty brood frames with the two of the super frames that had the brood on them and placed the queen back downstairs.

Queen in super again

We had the BBC Newsnight crew over today to film us talking about A World without Bees and they wanted us to open the hive to get some shots of urban beekeepers. basket nike air max I thought we would just go through the motions and open the super and see some honey and the brood that I put up there last week. Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack When we opened the hive we saw brood in all stages in the super. Kanken NO.2 UK This means that there is a laying queen upstairs – again. Fjallraven Kanken I don’t understand why and how she is getting through the queen excluder. nike air max pas cher Or maybe the hive has two queens.