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First inspection of the year

 
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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 17 6:05 pm    Post subject: First inspection of the year  Reply with quote    

I'm not sure if we're too early or too late but we've not had a good calm and warm day really until today.

Anyway, had a quick look in two of our hives and they seem to be doing ok. Eggs, queen, young and capped brood and possibly some already hatched. I was also happy to see most of their stores gone as the super we left on each hive was mostly ivy honey. Still a couple of full frames to go so they should get through that brood rearing. Popped a new super on both hives for them to draw out.

Anyone else done much? Almost sawrm season.

joanne



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 17 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've not been in yet properly but I've had the lids off to just peep in and they are all doing very well.

I was watching all 3 colonies today and they have been incredibly busy bringing in an awful lot of pollen.

I'm hoping to have a look in them maybe on Friday as I've a day off work.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 17 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I dont have my bees anymore, but saw some colonies when in FRance.
If stores are depleted and the queen is laying, Id give a feed, just to make sure there is enough food in case we get a wet spring.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 17 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The stores aren't all gone but I'll keep an eye on them. I don't wish to overfeed this year as I think that partly led to swarming last year.

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