All central hives appear to be well

Submitted by will on Tue, 04/02/2020 - 05:38

I've been visiting the hives in central Oxford every couple of weeks. There is still evidence of activity on the base board in all 6 hives (chewed cappings; dead Varroa; etc). I believe that they're all still alive and ok.

There are causes for concern though. All the hives have visible numbers of dead bees at their entrances. I don't know whether these were healthy bees which were stranded during cold weather or whether they were virus infected bees which crawled out of the hive. I presume the latter.

Four of the six hives have significant stores. Two are rather light and probably wouldn't last until spring unless I intervene.