All colonies had open and sealed brood ranging from 2 to 3 frames per colony, although one was slightly weaker with only one frame. Most colonies had eaten varying amounts of the pollen substitute, 2 had finished a complete ½ kilo pack. Because they had collected so much natural pollen and also had plenty of stores, I took all solid feed packets off and sealed them up for future use.
I scraped the build-up of propolis from the Hoffman spacer sides of all the brood frames to ensure that they fitted into the brood boxes without difficulty.
Plans for the next Inspection
Most of the brood chambers were quite mucky with propolis and brace comb, so I will prepare/clean my spare boxes and floors, as I will transfer all colonies to these to start the season well. This will include new frames with foundation or freshly drawn comb to replace old black frames.
Flowers for the Bees to look out for!
Crocus is still out, although not for long. Apple, hazel and dandelion will see the bees into April.
Future Report will Include:
From now onwards I hope to record the build-up of each colony. I might have to swap round the 2 WBC hives to help the weak one. The effect should level the strength of the colonies because the more numerous foragers from the strong hive will boost the weaker one.
I will mention the likely forage that can be expected during the following weeks.
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