Last weekend was warm, so Emma and I did a shook-swarm on our two strongest hives, Myrtle and Chilli. We worked as a team, Emma shaking the bees into a fresh brood box with new foundation, then passing me the old frames to bag up in bin bags. Pat kindly got a fire going for us, into which the old frames and brood went, hopefully along with a load of varroa mites. Emma has written a great blog post about the day and her thoughts on the shook-swarm: A tale of two colonies.
Above you can see Emma looking at a frame in Myrtle’s hive. It is old, brown comb which could be harbouring disease.
Emma shaking the bees in – she was very good at this and our bees are so gentle they didn’t get at all…
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