Apairy Visit 16th June 2015
Beelighted with today's visit and inspection of the apairy . Happy to say all hives are doing well , the polly hives are really taking off , now with 3 super's on board a single brood box . A super is the part of the hive where the bee's would store honey , that later in the year we will extract from the beehives. Not that all three super's on each beehive are full , we are putting them on the bee hives so that the bees will have enough room to store honey as the clover continues to bloom and the bees forage.
Exciting news !!
Earlier in the year I mentioned that we were preparing some apedia's for some queen rearing .
An apedia is a very small hive to start off a new colony of bee's . Into which you would put about 300ml of bee's ( about a cup full ) and a queen cell.
We'd inspect our hives every 5 to 7 days keeping an eye out for Queen cell's - and recently we took a few and put one into each apidea.
Today we saw that one of those queen cell's had hatched a queen , who has gone off and being mated and is now laying eggs in the apidea.
Can you spot the bee eggs ?
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I'd guess the eggs laid in the comb above are 1 or 2 days old and should be "born" as bee's some time in 21 days , around the 7th of July - all things going well .
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