Our bees have arrived!

Having come from Croydon the night before, our bees made the short trip across London from Kennington to Ealing without incident. They sat on my knee in their travelling box, buzzing away and clicking fairly contentedly. We wore our bee suits (veils down so as not to attract too much attention!) just in case, as all that was keeping them in their box was a piece of foam stuffed into the entrance.

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They came in a 5 frame nucleus (‘nuc’), which is essentially a mini hive. The 5 frames contained a lot of bees and brood (eggs and larvae), but little spare space. So I’m sure they were glad to move into their new full hive (which contains 11 frames) with a bit more room to spread out and for the queen to lay eggs.

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We transferred the frames from the nuc into the hive and gave them fresh frames with wax foundation to draw out and move onto. We briefly inspected the frames, but as the weather was fairly cool we tried not to spend too long with them open, and so we didn’t spot the queen. Hopefully she’s in there, or we have problems…

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Once we had them closed up into their new hive, we spent some time watching the entrance to see whether they had worked out how to get into their new home.

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