Good Friday Hive Inspection
Wow, what a day, great weather for reviewing the hives. How different 3 apiaries can be!! Apiary one, 3 hives, all calm, going about their business in a nice friendly manor. No queen cells seen today, plenty of space for brood and even signs of some honey….. yum, yum. Apiary number 2, 7 hives and what a difference a few miles makes!!! Number one hive collected last year and doing really well, plenty of stores and brood and very protective bees! Thank goodness for a suit. Hives 2 – 5 doing well, but hive 5 with 5 queen cells appearing, more work to do tomorrow. Hives 6 and 7 both have double brood boxes and full to the brim with bees, more brood and stores than possible to count, very healthy colonies and VERY protective of their homes, and once all was finished I had to walk all around the field, approximately 1/2 a mile, to get them to leave me alone so that I could get back in the vehicle and go on to apiary number 3! The final hive is on its own and in our garden, this one looking OK but not so productive as the others. Maybe a little bit fussy and not so keen on all the rape seed. It does appear to me this bee keeping lark is more time consuming than you first think, but well worth it and the whole family enjoying the experience. Both my children aged 4 and 6 have got involved wearing their suits today. Nobody got stung. All part of being a bee keeper. Looking forward to updating you on the next instalment from Tinhead Honey.