Queen cell

First apiary meeting of 2019

We had a good turnout at our first apiary meeting Saturday 12th January 2019. The forecast was good so it was arranged, we really needed to check the colonies for stores by “hefting” the hives, in fact only one full hive and a nuc needed some fondant, there were live bees in all the hives so looking good at the moment, but still early days.

Extra Varroa treatment using Oxalic acid vapourized was discussed but as the colonies were treated with MAQS in the autumn it was decided to monitor Varroa drop in early spring when another treatment of MAQS is possible, Some more equipment was cleaned and stored in the shed. Also our stock of frames and gloves were counted to be passed to our treasurer.

It won’t be long to wait until we are looking at queen cells again!

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