Yet another sunny afternoon was spent in the company of the bees! The hives were being maintained until the sunshine gave way to a storm cloud overhead. The following hives were checked-up on/created:
Hive 1: The hive appeared in stable condition, with the identification of a hatched queen cell. After a few agonizing moments of searching, the queen was located.
Hive 2: This hive was expanded by the addition of a new super (with the same alternating foundation pattern) underneath the current super.
Hive 3: The hive was found to be in good condition, however, not as strong as Hive 2.
Hive 4: For the same reason mentioned above, a super was added to this hive as well.
Hive 6: There nuc seemed to be rapidly developing with the location of chewed-up queen cells. However, a downside was the observation that a number of queen cells were produced. It appears that the development of the nuc may be slightly delayed.
Hive 7: As noted earlier (see above), this hive is in good condition. Two additional supers were placed on top (not alternated, due to time constraints)
Hive 8: Expansion of this hive was also performed by adding an additional super on top.
Hive 9: The empty frames that had been added appeared to have been filled up. The queen did not appear to be laying eggs anymore. Queen cells were found, even after the location of the queen.
Hive 10: Regular observation and maintenance of the nuc was performed by looking out for any changes in its condition. The cells did not appear to hatch!
Hive 11: A nuc was established by providing 4 frames from the neighboring Hive 9.
To measure and observe production of the apiary, a scale was placed under a representative hive (Hive 3). In the coming weeks, observations will be noted.