So far it's been a very good year for the bees. The weather has been kind and the girls have been very busy. I'm hoping this is good news for the fruit trees.
|Earlier in the year the bees actually made it out and about|
while the almond blossom was still on the tree
Certainly the almond has fared very well and our harvest should increase from the total of three nuts which we have had in the last two years!
One of the queens failed to come through the winter but the other two colonies are buzzing. Sue has already taken a little honey.
before most of the bees are active.
Anyway, about that colony which has no queen. There are just a handful of bees in there and without regeneration they won't last long. So on Sunday Sue set up a nucleus. This involves taking several frames from a more successful hive. Five frames does it, as long as there is plenty of brood and eggs, adult bees, honey and pollen. The frames are transferred to a nucleus (nuke) box and all the bees are locked inside for a few days, just long enough to settle in and treat the new place as home. In theory they should realise there's no queen and begin to make a new one. Hopefully, she'll be a quiet, well natured lady.
|Some very angry buzzing |
was coming from inside this box!!