Excellent turnout with 31 attendees enjoying sunny if a little windy weather 13C @14:30.
All hives were inspected, winter pest guards removed, undersupers removed and varroa drop inspection boards inserted.
All hives laying and all but one of the queens were seen.
Four hives making a good start (>5 frames brood) remaining four hives not yet building up (<4 frames brood).
12th April 2015

Hive#1

Inspected by: David P
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Yellow/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
6 frames with brood some chalk brood
3 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Temper:8

Hive#2

Inspected by: Liz H
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
7 frames with brood
2 frames with stores
2 empty drawn frames
Supers: 1
Queen excluder added along with empty drawn super.
Temper:8

Hive#3

Potential Queen Rearing hive.
Inspected by: Richard W
Audience level: Beginners
Removed feeding eke, fondant all gone.
Brood Chamber (Double Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Lower Deep
No Queen Cells
9 frames with brood in all stages with eggs
2 frames with stores
1 empty drawn frame.
Upper Deep
Added box of foundation frames
Supers: 1
Added queen excluder and redeployed undersuper as super.
10 frames with uncapped stores
Temper:10

Hive#4

Inspected by: Richard W
Audience level: Beginners
Floor covered in dead bees, floor replaced
Brood Chamber (Shallow under Deep)
Frames aligned ‘warm’ way.
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Shallow
No Queen Cells
0 frames with brood
6 frames with stores
6 empty frames
Box (castellated) replaced, defacation on tops of frames.
Deep
No Queen Cells
2 frames with brood in all stages with eggs some chalk brood.
10 frames with stores
Room for laying OK.
Temper:10

Hive#5

Inspected by: Brian H
Audience level: Novice
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen and remarked.
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood some chalk brood, pepperpot pattern
4 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Added queen excluder and redeployed undersuper as super
Temper:10

Hive#6

Inspected by: Brian H
Audience level: Novice
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Deep
No Queen Cells
7 frames with brood and eggs some pepper potting.
4 frames with stores
Room OK
Shallow
Redeployed undersuper
No Queen Cells
7 frames with brood and eggs some pepper potting
3 frames with stores
Room OK
Temper:9

Hive#7

Inspected by: Hilary H
Audience level: Basic Assessment
Fondant all gone. Fed with 1.5l medium syrup (1:1) in rapid feeder.
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen.
Lower Shallow
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood and eggs
1 frame with stores (low on stores)
Room OK
Upper Shallow
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood
1 frame with stores (low on stores)
Room OK
Temper:10

Hive#8

Inspected by: Hilary H
Audience level: Basic Assessment
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
2 frames with brood and eggs
5 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Added queen excluder and redeployed undersuper as super
Temper: 10
– Brad Davis, Fred Whetnall, Richard Williams