Inspection of the nucleus colony today was pivotal in the development of this colony. The queen had all but run out of space to lay. 5 frames had about 80% coverage by attached bees and more out foraging.
Rather than potentially stalling the egg laying through having no empty cells To lay in I made the decision to transfer the colony to a 10 frame box.
Whilst transfering I placed an empty drawn frame 2 frames in from the internal feeder with the thought of providing a new brood frame for the queen to start laying in.
This stimulation process has proved to be effective in growing a small colony over winter and is something I will look to replicate next winter with more colonies.
I will keep posting in this blog throughout the season as the colony grows and moves in to honey production.