West Ealing Massif

By | June 30, 2012

This super is full of nectar, with the beginnings of capping (or sealing) the cells at the top right. Once its all capped, its time to harvest the honey.

This super is full of nectar, with the beginnings of capping (or sealing) the cells at the top right. Once its all capped, its time to harvest the honey.

It’s been about a month since I last visited Walmer Gardens.

When I last visited, we were putting on the first super, where the bees are encouraged to store honey. Today, we found that they had filled all of the first super, all of a second super, and it was time for a third!

The colony was in really healthy condition, very well tempered, and clearly were very productive!

 

The slot near the bottom is the entrance. On a warm day, its like a backlog at Heathrow

The slot near the bottom is the entrance. On a warm day, its like a backlog at Heathrow

 

 

Im really pleased I can loan a super to the collective, helping out both bees and people (and aid the production of more honey…).

 

 

 

It’s always wise to have a few extra hive components around, as the colony can change quickly, and sometimes unpredictably. Being able to respond quickly, sometimes requiring a whole separate hive, is smart colony management.

New wax is very white, as seen on this super. We gave the bees extra space between frames, and they make very wide cells filled with honey.

New wax is very white, as seen on this super. We gave the bees extra space between frames, and they make very wide cells filled with honey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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