Very exciting day yesterday. Mick and I were meant to be leaving home at about 10 am to go to South Devon for a few days. Jim was also going away for the week, for work. Mick noticed unusual activity when he fed the hens at about 9 am. Two days before, our 5 year old Grandson was showing his cousin the beehives and came running in saying 'Granny, Granny, the bees are bearding', that's my boy :-)) There was actually a clump of bees hanging on the bottom of the hive and we realised they might be planning something.
By 10am yesterday there were several hundred bees in the air above the Dolphin hive. They then moved over the field to our vegetable garden and eventually landed on a 5 bar gate. Watch the video to see what happened next.
The nucleus we made almost a month ago seems OK. Just over 2 weeks ago we gave them some more new brood and stores, as we were unsure if they had made a queen or not and they seemed short of food. We will probably check them again this weekend, as there is another beginners course here with Phil Chandler.