Finally, after months of waiting, I finally get to collect the Nucleus of bee’s next week on Wednesday 17th June.
So, just a few final things to check and finish off:
Apiary – I finished off the enclosure a few weeks ago, I went with open trellis fencing so that the bees can pass through with no problems, it also allow the fruit plants to flourish and weave their way into a natural fence.
Hive – The nucleus will be arriving with 5 brood Hoffman spaced frames; I will be using spacers on my frames certainly in the brood chamber, so these will need the small plastic spacers shown in the images.
The colour coding for me signifies left and right, that way when I remove these during inspection I know which way to put it back in.
I have made a few extra frames to save time should I need them.
The nucleus is being purchased from Tiger Hall Bee keeping in Church Stretton (UK). The total cost is £170 with a deposit of £25. I select these because they were reasonable close (35 miles) and they had exceptional feedback, they exceed the BBKA standard and claim to raise calm but productive bees.
So next time I should reporting on the bees actually in the hive!