The honey is coming off and varroa treatment has started where it can – the nucs are going through treatment and full-sized colonies have had their honey off where there is a noticeable varroa infestation. Rather than wait to treat for any longer, the ‘wets’ from these hives are being put onto others for the bees to clear.
There is no forage to speak of, so some colonies and nucs are having to be fed syrup; there seems to be enough pollen in the hives. We are now waiting for Ivy to start flowering which gives good pollen and nectar for the bees to winter on.
Swarms – 8% of colonies swarmed this year which is good. (Assuming that I don’t get any from now on that is).