|Shane posing prior to the transfer |
(note the old duvet cover beneath the nuc box that will
contain any stray bees during transit)
As I was not intending to try and identify the queen we couldn't be sure which hive she would end up in, so it was important that both halves had provision to produce a new queen. The preparation for this was begun two week ago, during the spell of fine weather, when I introduced two new bars alternately between brood bars. On these new bars the workers produce new comb (see below) into which the queen lays eggs thus ensuring that there will be eggs or very young larvae available to be converted into a new queen in both hives. In the hive that still contains the original queen things will continue as before give or take a few thousand bees.
|Recently drawn comb with eggs and young larvae|
|The transfer in progress|
|Closing-up the main hive|
Thanks again Shane for your support, the packing case nuc box and your photography skills.