On the last inspection (8th May) all three hives were thriving and colony numbers increasing.
One hive has a 2015 Queen who seems to be in good lay and still accepted by her colony.
The other two hives have decided to replace their Queens and these were at the point of hatching (the tip of queen cell turns a red/bronze colour). We now need some good warm weather over the next few weeks for their mating flights – and hope they both return safely.
With the good weather we’ve all enjoyed over the last few weeks, the flowers and trees have blossomed and the bees have taken advantage of this, working extremely hard bringing in the nectar to produce honey. Once the comb is capped, the honey will be ready for extraction – so all looks well for a spring honey crop.