Weekly Practical Sessions at Old Park Apiary
Week 1 started with a demonstration by Greg Sharp on how to light a smoker.
Followed by an inspection of hive 2 in the Apiary. this was going to be interesting because no one know what was about to happen. after finding the Queen and placing her in a holding box Greg continued to show the new members the brood box frames letting each new member have a go at lifting the frame out and looking for capped brood and eggs. Even our youngest club member got stuck in for the first time.
Then it happens, A swam, right in front of us all. They were up and away, Greg reckoned that if we had been half an hour later the Queen would of gone with them. so we left the swam to find there way back to the hive after realizing the queen was not with them. this gave the new members a chance to look into another 2 hives and look at all the frames identifying eggs, capped brood and capped honey.
just a note to finish with. today we received a email from two of our new members that i would like to share with you all.
I hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine. Please could you pass on my thanks to everyone at the apiary session on Saturday - it was amazing. Very friendly, welcoming, informative, exciting and enjoyable. I now realize the enormity of the swarming event that happened whilst we were there and the skill and knowledge it took to catch and keep the bees, it was brilliant. And we are looking forward to next week. Also, Bob placed some queen cells in my nuc and is nursing them, when and who do I pay for them?
Thanks again to everyone for a fab afternoon.
Michelle and Andrew