Observed from a distance since being placed, honey 2 was quite quiet. Over the following days you could see that there was more activity so I decided to inspect today.
First frames are empty but the girls are definitely cleaning the foundation wax.
As I went further into the hive, which incidently has only one level at this stage – a full depth, I could see that there was a lot of hatched brood and the presence of lots of workers reflects this.
I tried to locate the queen, which is further to the post about the new honey 2 on christmas eve, the two queen cells which I put into a jar and removed from the bee garden hatched in the sun !
So I went back to the new Honey 2 and placed them inside to duke it out for supremacy.
No queen was found in the hive when I looked today. There is no new brood but it needs to be said they are only just getting started so I will inspect in a week again and see if I can spot the queen, I believe there is one in there as the workers and drones were all very busy.
Some of the old foundation on the old frames was being tidied up but no new honey as yet, I think that the next inspection will reveal more honey and I hope there will be more brood and then I can add a second level.
This weather has been very conducive to honey making for the bees so I expect we'll have a good production of honey…we'll have to set-up a waiting list so if you want to be added just email us.
Cheers have a great day…the second in the new year…enjoy : )
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