We took advantage of the 63 degree and sunny weather and visited the apiary today. All of the FLC hives made it through winter and are now full of bees and getting ready to swarm.
We are about 99% sure that the Observation Hive already did swarm. The City sent us a photo of the swarm (picture below) but unfortunately we made it out to the FLC grounds a few minutes after the swarm decided to leave again. This was expected because the Observation Hive is indoors and is hard to split and is in a small hive.
For the other three hives outside we focused on inspections to see the health of the queen, swarming and for signs of disease.
For the largest hive, we really wanted to split it but did not find as many eggs as we would like for a walkaway split. They also made large mess (our fault) in the spacer we left on for too long (pictured below). Don't be like us!
We did end up splitting one of the hives and put the green queen (pictured below) in a nuc with some brood, honey, pollen, and a little room to grow. She had left us a lot eggs so a walkaway split was an easy option for this hive.
Next Steps We will be testing and treating for mites this week. Although we did not see signs of disease and all hives seem healthy, we would like to treat before we add honey supers, which will be very soon, because we found a lot of nectar in each hive we inspected.
Josh & Tasha
A large mistake of leaving a spacer in for too long.
Green queen we split today.
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