Honey festival was a great success and attracted a lot of bees to to the honey tasting table!
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A full box of honey from the bees at the Museum of London. Come and taste it at the COLF festival Honey Harvest.
Harry, who looks after the bees on the Mansion House, has been transferred to Milan for a while, so Josh and Jonathan from Canopius, with help from David and Paula from SEB, have taken on the bees until Harry gets back.
First inspection last week found a thriving colony, a couple of weeks ahead of both the Canopius and SEB hives. The queen is laying furiously and the workers are bringing back large quantities of pollen and nectar.
This week we have added a tray of Apiguard as we weren’t sure on the pre-winter treatments. We found plenty of brood on 7 frames, with only one frame untouched, they are starting to draw out the penultimate empty frame. There is also drone brood dotted around on about 4 frames. Not too long till we start seeing queen cells I think.
We aim to start the bailey change next week and we may even have to add the first super, we’ll let you know.
Jonathan & Josh
Charles, Sally and I had a quick look at the bees on Friday 4th Feb at about 13.00 to check stores and a quick check on how many bees we had; we had just under 10 mins with the lid off.
We have a brood box on top of a super, we didn’t check the super.
In the brood box we have the nest on 4 frames, almost nothing on the 2 outside frames and about 75% stores (1 full side and at least half on the other) on the next 4 (2 either side)
I moved the 2nd frame from both sides in to either side of the 4 frame nest. It was too windy to take the time to check any of the nest frames for brood. The bees were nicely sluggish but there was plenty of movement and several starting to investigate us towards the end of the inspection.
We took some photos which we’ll post when we have downloaded them.
We had a good reminder to check suits for stowaways after inspections after a solitary bee decided to check out the office by clinging to my suit as we went back inside. Luckily we discovered her before she got too far and escorted her outside after she failed to produce a security pass.
It was high cloud, reasonably windy with some strong gusts and the temp was about 11-12C
Better late than never.
This is the time of year we want to have a look at the hive entrances to see that they are not blocked up. They may get blocked with dead bees as the house bees try to evict the carcases. So have a look and see that the entrances are free.
Also when the temp gets above 8 or 9degrees the bees may come out so have a look on a good day.
If you are not sure if the bees are alive put your ear to the hive wall and have a listen for the buzz.
Please let me know if you have seen signs of life.
Hope all is well.
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I will be seeing you over the next week or two to install the bees and check that everything is in order.