Today was the day I always face with some trepidation; the splitting of the brood boxes from their under-supers. The hope is that they come away cleanly, are cleaned out and aren't full of brood..... Got away with it once again, supers empty but brood boxes far too heavy so next inspection I'll be swapping out stores bound boxes to give them room. I don't try to do it all in one go that's too much to expect of them:
My grateful thanks go to:
- The beekeeper who advised keeping wooden wedges in the tool bucket so I could prise apart frames glued to those above.
- The beekeeper who invented the stainless steel 10-inch razor sharp J-tool that slices through anything - pity I have forgotten where I bought it.
- My bees, who tolerated all this messing around without a single one having a go and that includes the hive that had to be wedged open for 5 minutes while I cut away the brace comb.