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Sharing some of our joys, highlights and worries of beekeeping ...
August 2011 -
It has been 140 days since I last opened my hives to "tuck them in" for winter and now is the time to check how they are doing. Over the last few days I have checked most of my hives and I am very happy with their condition, some have already grown their population demanding to expand the hive by stacking on a super.
Today I inspected a two tier hive in my backyard and I'm glad I did -
Inspecting frame by frame I discovered 4 queen cells, uncapped and filled with queen larvae, probably 5-
Creating an artificial swarm or splitting the colony? -
Given the uncertainty about the weather for the coming weeks I decided to spIit the colony and transferred the queen, 4 frames with brood (no queen cells), 3 frames with honey and pollen and one empty frame with foundation to give them a task to do instead of swarming -
The remaining frames, including all frames with queen cells were left in another box. As the bees needed new space to build up with comb I replaced two frames with honey by frames with foundation.
This colony is extremely friendly, no signs of aggression whatsoever, ideal for the suburbs. I hope the sucessor queen will produce equally friendly bees.
1st swarms emerging in the suburbs
It is one of the most enjoyable moments in beekeeping to eyewitness a swarm. It is like a new life born -