There are some new faces in B’ville. The budding beekeepers are eager to go the hive and watch the bees growth each week. We installed the nucs three weeks ago. They are already filling their third box. We stopped feeding about a week ago, now that it’s warm and the dandelions are blooming they probably would not take syrup any way. I have to say I will over winter nucs every year I am able. They are the best insurance. When everyone is scrabbling to replace losses the nucs are peace of mind.
The boys all approach the bees differently. Some stand back, while others want to handle frames the first day. They have all been great with the bees. They are incredibly focused when they have a frame of bees in their hands. I have kept inspections short for my own peace of mind. It’s a big responsibility to have the bees by the kids. When we arrive around 3:00pm the bees are often orienting and very active. My the time we leave they are calm.
This is the brood pattern from the over wintered queens, not too shabby considering they had a bit of European Foul Brood in the fall. I didn’t treat, feeding syrup cleared it up and I have not seen any signs of it yet this spring.