It was a very exciting day today – I had an unexpected parcel arrive which contained two stunning chicken jumpers! A friend from home who is a knitting whizz has made them for our new rescue chickens. I ran down to the allotment to put them into the shed, ready for use at any moment!
Steve turned up at the allotment with an exciting parcel – a box with a Queen bee! It was a yellow plastic box with fondant icing at one end as a food supply. The Queen was in the box with three worker bees to look after her.
Phil opened up the nuc box and Steve put in the Queen. He secured the box between two of the frames with a pin and the bees almost instantly went to find the box. They will get used to her pheromones over the next 24 hours and hopefully accept her. If they do, it will be a couple of weeks before she starts laying.
Updates to follow!