During the winter whilst bees are clustering, sometimes they can find it hard to move from one frame to another to feed on their stores without getting too cold. On John Chapple’s suggestion, yesterday we gouged a hole in the middle of our brood frames containing honey, a little passage to allow bees through.
Now the queen and her entourage can pass through with ease! These frames are older than we would like. In the spring we will do a shook-swarm or Bailey comb exchange to get the bees on new frames.
We saw Myrtle; she is still laying and we have about two frames full of brood, new bees to take the colony through winter.
Depending on the weather to come, this may have been the last time we can do a proper inspection this year (sob!). Now we are concentrating on feeding the bees sugar syrup before it gets too cold. My next blog post will probably be about the London Honey Show, which is coming up on 8th October! Anyone else going?