We went along to the Auckland Bee Club to hear about Queens and the start of the swarming season in Auckland.
Well its day 13 now, so time to move the many Queen Cells that hopefully have been created. Inspecting the NUC today and we only have one Queen Cell on the Millar frame and it wasn’t on the edge at all, I suspect that the other eggs may have died in the cold when we[…]Read More
Well it’s been seven days since we moved the Millar Frame into the centre of Honey 1, so we checked it today to see if the Bees had built any wax on the comb and more importantly laid some new eggs. Glad to report that the frame had been drawn out and some new eggs[…]Read More
Today we started our Queen Rearing experiment, we are going to follow the Millar method which seems the easier one to try for backyard Bee-keepers like ourselves. We have decided to use Honey 1, the Queen is the best tempered and Honey 1 is currently our only hive. So the choices were not great. The[…]Read More
Had a quick look today at the Millar frame in Honey 1 and sad to report no wax has been built on the frame. The frame wasn’t exactly in the middle of the brood so we moved it to the centre. The feed we put in was starting to get mouldy, and the bees hadn’t[…]Read More