Well the weather has continued to bucket it down – apparently wettest April for 100 years! Bit concerned about stores as the bees couldn’t get out to forage. Fortunately all appear to have sufficient and not require feeding.
Also the weather is likely to have an impact on the mating of the queens that I am currently raising. In fact the apidea with a ripe queen cell seems to have a drone layer – so will need to get rid of this fairly soon. The other apidea which had a mated queen in it for a day has raised a rather nice queen cell. Not sure if it is viable, but decided to leave it and see what happens.
The Plum colony split doesn’t seem to have stopped the parent colony with the old queen raising more queen cells. There were a lot of bees and looked to be short of space. So swapped some frames around with the other half and reversed the entrance around to bleed off some brood and bees.
Cistus, Horse Chesnut, Apple and Lilac now starting to blossom