Cloake Board Method-Day 4

It is raining AGAIN, and we want to graft from our best Carniolan queen tomorrow. So we set up a tent over the cell builder hive so we could work through the rain. Today is day 4 of the Cloake Board method of queen rearing – we need to close up the top half of the cell builder, remove open brood, fill the feeder, and open the back door. In addition, since it is raining, we decided to move a few colonies to out-yards to take advantage of the Locust bloom. We usually wait until night-fall to move bees, but the rain kept most bees in the hives. So even on a rainy day, we got some bee work accomplished. Now where is that sunshine?

 

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