Weather has been good all week. Lots of sunshine and temperatures in the early 20C range. Still a lot of forage around, geraniums now in flower as well as orange ball buddleja.
Spent the week-end cleaning old frames and boxes – see blog post for details http://www.digitaldodo.com/cleaning-frames-using-boiling-tank/.
Decided to inspect all the home apiary colonies – they look to have been busy and saw evidence of mating flights earlier in the week. Pollen being brought in to all the hives. The new swarm looks to be very active and had drawn 5 frames in just 4 days.
The swarm (G) that I added a frame of eggs to from A last week had 3 unsealed queen cells. So was queenless after all and therefore united with B.
The Apideas are both going well, but will need to decide what to do as they will need more space by next week.
Apidea A – laying queen seen. Will need more space.
Apidea B – saw queen but no eggs. Drawn frames are bit wonky and will need more space.