The warm and dry weather of recent days has allowed the bees to really get away. Nucs are crammed full and supers have started to fill. In fact some nucs have had to be ‘down-sized’ to stay in the box, so the extra brood has gone to other colonies.
CHALK BROOD is caused by a fungus ascosphaera apis. A couple of colonies had it this spring. One quite badly. I have seen chalk brood follow the queen – so there must be a genetic component of it – and it tends to occur in spring – maybe it is caused by insufficient feeding of the larvae. It has been rumoured that bananas can help so I put some banana skin in the worst affected colony. After a week or so the colony was noticeably better. But so was the less affected one!