OK so a quick look in the nucs today. Overcast grey skies but relatively warm so lots of bees were out flying and good amounts of pollen on the returning bees. Colours ranged from vivid orange, yellow and a small amount of white.
Todays task was to add about 500ml - 1 litre of 1:1 syrup to each nuc feeder and have a look to see if brood rearing has increased.
Both nucs are chomping through the Megabee pattie and all the syrup add last week has on the whole been consumed with a small amount evident as freshly stored syrup in the empty comb.
#1 nuc has gone through nearly half of the pattie and the other nuc which has a smaller population is consuming it from underneath between the frames.
Surface area of brood in #1 nuc has doubled since last inspection. Nice fat larvae lying in plenty of feed. Fresh eggs obvious in cells as well. Even saw a fairly young Drone, perhaps with sufficient food available they are willing to care for a Drone or two.
Nuc #2 although it is a smaller population has suprised me with a brood area nearly quadrupled since last inspection. Lots of eggs and larvae ranging from 3 days to a week old.
Pretty pleased with how how this is tracking. Stimulating the queens to start laying more seems to have been a success, now we just need to maintain it.