It is obviously a weekend for good news. This morning the weather was hot and sunny and as the forecast is for rain later in the week (despite the
hatching chicks I managed to catch the forecast!) my son and I went up to inspect the bees.
This time of year is the beginning of the swarm season and we are advised to look out for queen cells being built. This is the first sign of a hive getting ready to swarm. To be honest I wasn't too worried as our previous visit had shown relatively few bees and only a small area of brood (cells with eggs or larvae in them). However, we were more than pleasantly surprised. The queen has obviously been busy! The frames were all covered by bees packing in nectar and pollen and there was a good covering of brood on six of the ten frames.
As a result we decided to put on a super - this is another level (like a multi-story car park) in which the bees put any surplus honey...ie honey we can take for US! It may be a little early but the Oil Seed Rape is still in flower and the weather is now much warmer although still unsettled. It would be wonderful to think that by the end of the year we might have our very own honey.