Well the weather has finally improved with temperatures 15C – 20C and no rain. Forecast is for more of the same. Plenty of forage: Chesnut, Lilac, Broom and Hawthorn. Dandelions still around.
Apiary has expanded considerable with colony purchased , 2 swarms and a bait hive success.
Started uniting colonies as the original 4 are on the decline still and won’t survive the season. Will take a final decision of which ones to unite in the next couple of weeks. For now it looks like Cyan is on its last legs, just emerging drone brood – no queen or even a drone layer – so uniting with Aqua. Put Cyan on top and newspaper in between.
Looks like I‘ll be busy making up frames over the next week or so as I need more brood frames and some supers with fresh foundation.
Put out bait hive for second time.