Well the weather has finally started to improve and the bees are much more active. Not much stores added but at least they are foraging and starting to bring in the nectar. Fortunately no other colonies have taken advantage of the more favourable conditions to start swarming activity, hopefully I haven’t spoked too soon!
The Wilson queen rearing was kicked off last week and is going OK, but it’s early days. About 10 sealed queen cells – most were small and so took them out.
Forage: horse chesnut coming to the end, lilac still out, hawthorn is now in full flower