We performed a walk-away split moving six frames from our one remaining hive to the hive that was abandoned over the winter.
14th day since walk-away split. Both hives have capped brood. Neither has uncapped brood or eggs. Split target hive has recently opened queen cell.
First inspection of the year at the Lake Becky huppiary. One hive left alive last fall has overwintered and is building up. Split that colony to second hive. Third hive cleaned up and re-sited – awaiting bees.
Preserving a narrative of the swarms from Hive 2 at Yahweh Yireh apiary – June 14 & 15, 2018.
Did a quick inspection of Hive 3. They aren’t building up very quickly, but they have plenty of stores and are bringing in a lot. Transplanted a 10-frame split from a friend’s hive into one of the newly re-worked horizontals.
The loss of two out of three of our colonies this winter afforded us the opportunity to make some improvements to our horizontal Langstroth hives that will hopefully resolve some of the issues we’ve had with them.
Some encouragement as our last remaining colony seems to be building up slowly.