With the warmer weather we have started work at the Apiary for the coming season. The woodpecker protection has been removed and all the colonies have been given some fondant. Sadly one colony has not made it through the winter.
This colony superseded very late in the season, the old queen was found caught in the queen excluder in September with the new queen laying in the super above the QE. We then removed the QE and swapped the brood and Super boxes around i.e. super was on the bottom. As you can see there were plenty of stores, just the colony was not big enough to see out the winter.