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Some Queens Mated & Laying

posted Jun 2, 2019, 2:50 PM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Jun 2, 2019, 2:51 PM ]
Finally, and in keeping with other years, we have a few queens laying already.  So I think it won't be too long until the majority of our queens destined for beginners' nucs, will be laying.  We like to give them a couple of weeks to establish a good laying pattern, before moving them on to our beginners, so we will be in touch by the third week in June. 

Bees were very cross yesterday and it suddenly dawned on me that (1) the weather was due to change for the worse and (2) there was very little forage, just a few very late Hawthorn bushes and I suppose some unidentified less significant sources of early summer wild flowers.  But white clover is beginning as is blackberry, so I think the June gap will be brief this year.  That said, I did notice brood frames were completely devoid of stores, but luckily there was some in the supers.  Nucs are always fed syrup regardless, so feeding continues.

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