A queen rearing instruction session produced a few spare cells, so we loaded them into the observation hive and let them hatch. Good to spot the result. Pity about the photo quality, it’s difficult to get the lighting/reflection right, but you can see how much attention she’s getting.
Nice to have a few available for the club Xmas party. Sold out in 5 min as I spruiked along the dinner queue!
Quote from purchaser “looking in on the queen I bought from you. She’s filled the bottom box and was filling the second. Very nice solid brood pattern, and she was standing calmly in the middle of a frame when I saw her.
I’m really happy so far. That hive is looking the best it’s ever looked.”
Although I resolved not to do any more cut outs here’s another, done for a pal. Extraordinary how regular the combs were built and also that the bees chose such a large cavity (they are supposed to prefer 40L).
Requeening with Kangaroo Island queens. The Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden bees had gone a bit feral and started unprovoked attacks on the unsuspecting gardeners. So it’s down to me to sort it out. And did they let me know what they thought!. Found 3 of the 4 queens and replaced (over a 3 day campaign). The last one just shook out all the bees and left the brood over a queen excluder so the queen couldn’t get back.
Cutouts, I thought I was out of this business!