Bees

We did another bee inspection late afternoon yesterday after another warm day. There is a fair amount of beetivity but disappointingly there is little or no Brood on the frames. There is about one and a half frames of honey and a fair amount of drawn out come. One of the frames appears to have mould on it which presumably means the hive struggled for ventilation through the winter.
We also couldn’t find the queen. The lack of brood seems to make sense if there is no queen although it’s possible she just hasn’t started laying yet this year. They all seem pretty calm if they have no queen, but basically if they don’t, or if none of the very small amount of brood that is there turns into a queen cell the hive will basically die out.
We will do another inspection at the weekend to see if there is any change.

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