A few people made it for the early start. We got a fair bit done, between the showers, two shook swarms to get the colonies into new frames, floors and brood boxes, and as a form of varroa control. We also transferred the Overwintered nuc into a fresh nuc box, then called it a day as the cold wind had made it quite chilly.
Beginners got their hands on some real bees, albeit briefly, and the colonies we shook swarmed behaved themselves better than expected! I’ll be making regular visits to them to top up feed to help them draw comb, and also to remove the brood combs we left, once sealed, to further reduce the varroa load.
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