The Honey flow is on hoorraahhh
I have been told about it but I never knew it would be this quick…it wasn’t that long ago that the bees were swarming every five minutes and I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. Ok I still need to do weekly inspections and yes I have artificially swarmed another one ( that’s over 60% of hives that have swarmed this year). It’s funny that one apiary is very busy collecting honey so much so that I have three supers on one hive already and what looks like two to clear in a week or so’s time.
As you can see from the picture there is a nuc there as well, I’m almost understanding what I need to do, I know that statement will bite me in the bum at any time.
I did get rather nervous when I got an email from Beebase telling me that there was EFB (European Foul Brood) in my local area within 3 km of one of my apiaries, for the uninitiated if you get this rather nasty disease in your apiary then you have to destroy everything except for the hives. So far so good no sign of it but there is always that chance so vigilance is very important.
I keep getting reminded that the two swarms I picked up are still in the garden and could I please move them to one of the apiaries, don’t worry I will get round to it but they seem so happy we’re they are. Note to self move hives or start sleeping with them.
My new queens are doing well all mated and laying brood like mad, I’ve marked them green as that is this years colour.