I had one family (from two) survive from last year, and that family has been going strong. A couple of weeks ago i put the melario on (aka the honey super)
Sadly though it hasn't seen any action yet, and I was concerned about a lack of bees in it. opening up the hive it looks as though the queen isn't around, I can't see any sign of her. I can't tell though if bee numbers are down, indicating a swarm, or if she's died. There was a good size queen cell, so she'll be replaced soon enough, but not great for honey production.
Then my two new families arrived, thousands of new pointy little babies!
|Lulu helping with the new bees|
The families arrive in these white styrafoam travelling boxes and after a couple of days settling in they get transferred to their permanent wooden homes.
|A travelling box next to the other beehives|
|The smoker helps keep them calm|
|see how they stick their butts in the air and beat their wings? This spreads the message to their sisters that this is their new home.|
|Here they are, all home and hopefully happy.|