Wednesday, 6 February 2008

We're back - The not so glorious return!

Well, it's been a long time since I posted on this blog but I'm determined to post again regularly! We had a minor disaster which we discovered last Autumn - in their new position the bees are much more active than they were in previous seasons and the new nuclei we bought in performed far better than we expected. Not wanting to disturb the bees too often when they were bedding in, we actually left them too long and when we did look, the bees were building wax comb in the roofs of the hives. In the brood chamber we had only positioned 5-6 frames intending to add more when needed as the colony grew. In actual fact, the bees had filled in the empty areas with comb and the chamber was a mass of comb and in a total mess. The bees needed more brood frames and a super adding on top in which to store their winter food, hence the comb in the hive roofs. We had a right struggle trying to sort it out but did the best we could before winter started to close in and we had to leave them in peace...

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