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We open up the NUC today to see if all is well with the new Queen, she has been released from her cage and has started to lay eggs. Some of the cells had two eggs in them, which isn’t good had a look on the Internet and it says this can be normal for a new Queen that hasn’t laid for a while. Lets hope that’s the case, she is quite small compared to our other Queens I wonder if she will grow larger.
We also added a full frame with some Honey on one side. The box is a tight squeeze so it was hard getting the full five frames into the NUC.
In other Kiwimana HQ news spent last Saturday building 3/4 hive boxes, this time we used some cheap pine boxing wood. Which is normally used for doing concreting. It wasn’t the best wood to work with as it was full of knots and warping in places.
But with some elbow grease and numerous clamps I think I have made some passable boxes for the Bees to store their honey in. I also painted then with Boiled Linseed oil, so there are looking good. I will upload a photo, what wood do you make your boxes out from?
We will see how these boxes hold out compared the ones made with better wood.