Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Inspection

Time to start planning for the year ahead, paint the new poly hive chambers and wax coat the new batch of plastic frames ready for when I shook swarm some of my colonies. The Last couple of days have been a mild 8-10'C plenty of bees are emerging and taking a quick flight to relieve themselves before returning to their hives.

Of the six colonies and a nuc I had going into winter they all appear to of survived although several of them have taken a large amount of the fondant I gave them. I will need to get some more fondant to help see them through the next few weeks although it's far to early to tell what state they are in and if the queens are being to lay yet, but fingers crossed I hope this year will be a good year for them.