It has been a busy 24-hours at the home yard.
It started with moving the swarm that was hived on May 6th (two-deep Warre) to a permanent location in the dark last night.
Then, this afternoon I conducted hive inspections/manipulations on most of the hives as follows:
#1803 (overwintered Langstroth)- 8-tall 8-frame medium. Heavy forage traffic/pollen. No inspection.
#1804 (overwintered Langstroth)- 3-tall 8-frame medium. This is the hive which was represented by a micro-cluster this Spring and has received approximately 5 frames worth of nurse bees from #1803. This hive has shown significant brood improvement but still has a long way to go. Saw some eggs laid on the sides of cells and a few double eggs but also a good number of picture-perfect eggs laid in the bottom of the cells. Also found a single queen cell with no contents. Based on all this, I am a bit surprised that this colony has not yet attempted supercedure.
#1902 (overwintered Warre)- 4-tall 8-frame Warre. Heavy forage traffic/pollen. No inspection.
#1903 (overwintered Warre)- 4-tall 8-frame Warre. Heavy forage traffic/pollen. No inspection.
#1904 (hived swarm April 24th)- 3-tall 8-frame Warre found queenless with a drone layer. Shook several handfuls of bees on the ground in front of #1905 and they appeared to be readily accepted. Saw the first phoretic mite of the season in this group of bees.
#1905 (hived swarm May 1st)- 2-tall 8-frame Warre with approximately 8 drawn foundationless frames. Saw queen and added a box.
#1906 (hived swarm May 1st)- 3-tall 8-frame Warre with approximately 10 drawn foundationless frames. All looked in order and plenty of room.
#1907 (hived swarm May 2nd)- 2-tall 5-frame medium Langstroth nuc with approximately 6 drawn foundationless frames. Moved to a 3-tall 8-frame medium Langstroth.
#1908 (hived swarm May 6th)- 2-tall 8-frame Warre bursting at the seams. Took the trap out of the tree and relocated it, adding a box. A good number of foragers (60+) found returning to the old location.
#1909 (hived warm May 9th)- 2-tall 8-frame medium Langstroth with approximately 8 drawn foundationless frames and drawing on the inner cover. Moved to a a three-tall 8-frame medium Langstroth production hive set-up.
Once completed with this, I looked up to find an approximately 1.5# swarm in the same oak tree (and same branch) that #1909 had clustered on. I hived them in a single 8-frame medium Langstroth, hereinafter referred to #1910, and presumed to emerge from #1903 (but this is speculation).
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