23 March 2010

Bailey Comb Change

Nipped up to the apiary to take a look at the hives, as today was warm-ish.

Took the anti-woodpecker chicken wire off the hives, and took a peek in each. The hive nearest the gate looks pretty much dead. A mouse had somehow managed to lever the mouseguards open (you can see the nibble marks!) and ended up trapped above the crown board. The hive furthest from the gate looks busy, but I think it's robbery, not activity, as I could see no bees in the hive itself.

Prognosis: not good. One definitely dead, the other probably dead.

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