Checked today and there are finally fresh eggs and a nice looking queen. Must have taken about 8-11 days to start laying from when I first caught the swarm with the virgin queen.. Hopefully she turns out alright!If she comes back mated and she ain't much chop, when you have nurse bees in the colony, then requeen
Just went and told hubby about your photo James and commented that given so many of us who did pollination in the north have suffered high hive losses this year.
I like the rack, although it'll be interesting to see what the OA does to the plastic coating.Pollination in full swing. So grabbed nannas cloths dryer n decided to give oxg strips ago in pollination. Followed ottos mix plan, got a nephew who’s a plasterer so get tape for nix, wifey got a sewing machine, with the price of everything going up got to look at alternatives, either the biggest mistake I’ve made or a penny saver I’ll let u all know, I do let them dry a couple of days before placing in hives.
Kiwifruit pollination can be pretty dire for beehives. Kiwifruit only offers pollen, there is often not much else other than Kiwifruit in the area and there tend to be plenty of beehives. Feeding is important, both to keep the hives going and it makes the bees more interested in collecting pollen.I like the rack, although it'll be interesting to see what the OA does to the plastic coating.
Amazing that you have feeders on all the hives despite being in a orchard