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Elizabeth reborn

22nd June 2008

Elizabeth reborn

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We tried to assist the fast-fading Elizabeth by taking 2 frames of brood from Susan, who was preparing to swarm (every time I inspected Susan we had dozens of queen cells).  This also gave me an opportunity to try out some of the black plastic frames we’ve acquired.  I ended up taking a frame of honey from the brood box as well, since the honey flow was going strong.

It seems that all of this was successful!  Elizabeth is back to normal, with new brood to show that one of the queens emerged and mated successfully (the brood frame had multiple queen cells).  Susan has either decided not to swarm, or has already built back up after swarming, I’m not sure which.  Susan’s girls have been busy filling the Bee-o-pac super, and are at about 2/3 complete.  The Bee-o-pac containers look great, filled nicely with good-looking comb.  I saw no queen cells this time, although I only inspected the top brood chamber.

Mary was about 100% filled with honey - multiple frames in the upper brood chamber and the super was 100% full.  So I took the Bee-o-pac super off Elizabeth (who still needs to build up her stores) and put it on Mary.  We’ll need to be ordering more supers to keep up with these hard-working girls!

–Justin

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