Well the weather has been changeable. But looks like after the warm Winter that everything is flowering 2-3 weeks ahead of normal. The weather is set to be settled and very warm for the next week. My bees have certainly been active and bringing in quite a lot of stores. However my swarm avoidance and queen rearing hasn’t gone to plan.
Only one of the Apideas survived, but the resulting queen that is laying is very small. Not sure why the other Apidea didn’t survive, all the bees seem to have perished, maybe the entrance was blocked.
Update: Saturday, 17th – Moved Green 5 frame nuc to out apiary and transferred to full size National box. Also moved Apidea created yesterday with sealed queen cell from Cyan to out apiary.
Currently Chesnut and Hawthorn in flower