If you have queens recently or currently emerging, wet weather could be an issue in preventing their adequate mating.  Unfortunately there’s nothing you can do about this other than wait to check for eggs at the appropriate time - not too early as you don’t want to disturb the queen from settling into laying - but in good time to make sure there is sufficient space for her to lay.  After all, your bees will have had nothing better to do than collect stores and pollen in anticipation of her successful mating.

Equally, don’t leave it too long before checking that your new queen is laying.  If she isn’t, then you need to take urgent action as your nuc/colony will have been without any new brood for some time and will be seriously depleting in numbers.  

If she is laying, that’s good news, but the danger period isn’t over just yet!  Sometimes bees will allow a new queen to lay, but for some reason decide they don’t want her and opt to create one or more new queens from her eggs instead. If this happens you will have to play the waiting game again.  Generally the temperament of your bees will tell you if there is a queen present in the colony as there is generally huge angst if there isn’t.

Now is a particularly important time to ensure you keep your colony records up to date. There is always a tendency to make notes on bits of paper which then get lost.  Why not treat yourself to our Apiary Guide Multipack?  In addition to the colony record cards, photographs are included to assist with pest/disease identification and management, and useful information on swarming/swarm control.  Maybe it should be renamed the Apiary Buddy!  Full of information, wipe clean folder and pages, and best of all, nobody to argue with your decision!

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