Following on from the Main Flow extraction, which resulted in 84lbs of jarred honey, the main focus of this meeting was to check the brood health of at least 50% of the hives prior to autumn varroa treatment; check adequate stores following the abrubt end to the summer nectar flow and return the ‘wet’ supers to their respective hives for the bees to ‘clean-down’. Drones disappearing fast!
Weather: 20C, fair.

Hive#1

Inspected by: Liz H
Brood Chamber (14×12):
Queen (Blue/2015) seen
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood in all stages
9 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Supers:1
consolidated down from 2
Temper:8

Hive#2

Inspected by: Liz E
Brood Chamber (14×12):
Queen (Blue/2015) not seen
0 queen cells
8 frames with brood
stores OK
room for laying OK
Supers: 1+1
consolidated down from 2
Temper:8

Hive #3

Inspected by: Liz E
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen (Unmarked/2015) not seen
0 queen cells
1 frame with brood (eggs and larvae)
stores OK
room for laying OK
Supers: 2
Temper:9

Hive#4

Not inspected

Hive#5

Inspected by: Brad D
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Rationalised down from 2 deeps. Queen excluders separating deeps and beneath bottom deep removed
Queen (Green/2014-Clipped) seen Unmarked queen in same deep moved to new nucleus 15/J
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood including eggs, 3rd frame used to make up nucleus 15/G.
Brood Health Check:  OK apart from a little bald brood
9 frames with stores OK 10th frame used to make up nucleus 15/G
room for laying OK
Supers: 2+1
Temper:9
Nucleus 15/J:
wooden box sited on top of Hive#5 (entrance reversed) to facilitate re-uniting if queen proves drone layer.

Hive#6

Inspected by: Richard W
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen(Blue-2015) seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
Brood Health Check: OK apart from some chalkbrood and wax moth damage
4 frames with stores
3 frames with room
Supers: 2
Temper:9

Hive#7

Inspected by: Peter R
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow):
Queen (Blue-2015 & Clipped) seen
Top Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Bottom Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Supers:1
donated other super to Hive#8
Temper:7

Hive#8

Inspected by: Peter R
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep):
Queen (Blue-2015) not seen
Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
0 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Deep
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
0 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Supers: 2
including super from Hive#7 25% full
Temper:9

Hive#9

Warre
Not inspected

Hive #10

Long Top-Bar
Inspected by Peter R
Queen seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
0 frames with stores – Needs feeding
6 seams of bees
Temper: 9
1 frame needs comb repairing

Nucleus #15B

Inspected by Liz H
Single Deep:
Queen (Blue/2015) seen
0 queen cells
brood in all stages
stores low
room for laying OK
Temper: 8

Nucleus #15F

Inspected by Richard W
Single Deep:
Queen (Unmarked/2015) not yet found
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
0 frames with stores – Needs feeding
4 frames with room for laying
Temper: 9

Nucleus #15H

Inspected by Richard W
Polynuc:
Queen (2015) found and marked Blue
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood including eggs
1 frame with stores – Needs feeding
room for laying OK
Temper: 9