Last month I discovered that I should have changed the entrance block on my hive to give a bigger opening. This allows the bees to more easily get rid of their dead out the front door. This month’s visit gave me the opportunity to make the change. Armed with my smoker and under the watchful eye and guiding hands of Liz I took the entrance block out completely and just replaced the mouse guard. Much easier now for the girls to remove the dead.
This visit I checked how much of the fondant they’d eaten; not very much. They’re obviously quite happy using up their own stores. Also checked for varroa, and had a low count, but more than some others at our apiary.
Next check – early March.