September 17th 2022 meeting
We had 15 members (including ourselves) last evening and there were no problems that came to my attention. We lost the afternoon sunshine before start time and the temperature dropped a bit, but we opened all the hives and had a good look through National and Langstroth full frame boxes, plus polyneuk National and Langstroth, old and new designs, with examples of laying workers and weak but growing swarm colonies.
There was great interest in a demonstration of how to mix National and Langstroth frames in the same Langstroth brood box with the aim to transfer a Langstroth colony into a National hive; and an example of a successful transfer. Arthur Hill and I have been working on this, to my "National" apiary advantage, as a means of transferring weak, but growing, Langstroth hived swarms to my National hives.
Having lost all my queens earlier this year it has been an interesting exercise to save the queenless "National" colonies from a "Langstroth" apiary.