Posted by Surreybeekeeper | Posted in Beekeeping, Bees, Inspections, swarming | Posted on 28-04-2011
So my suspicions were confirmed, my bees did in fact swarm and I predict it happened roughly on Saturday. I went in finally on Monday and there were two sealed queen cells and no obvious sign of a queen (though some one/two day old eggs were definately there). Damn, that means that had I gone in on Friday I could have saved the situation!
So who should I blame……the mother in law or the cat? Let me explainOn Friday it was all decided. We were going to the Mother in Law (MIL) for her 70th Birthday as per my last post. However, what I didn’t mention was the fact that my cat decided to have a run in with barbed wire before we left.
Therefore my bee inspection time that I had negotiated at length with she who must be obeyed got squashed as the vet beckoned with a hobbling cat in tow. That nagging feeling started to grow that my bees were about to do something.
After the visit to the vet with a rather sorry looking, newly shaved, cone protection headed cat back in the house, high on some wonderful pain relief, I was whisked away to the MILs for her 70th birthday.
This meant some really nice family time for the next two days (and I really mean that, it was great time and I think that MIL had a nice time)
In a way, when I was checking through the hive on Monday, realising that they had swarmed, there was also a slight bit of relief as I was woefully underprepared for doing an artificial swarm; both mentally and equipmently (I know, definatley not a word!). Therefore, in truth it wasn’t as bad as it sounds but still dissapointing not to have gone through the experience.
Therefore should I blame the cat or the MIL? Answers please on a post card!
Hope everyone well.