On Monday I received my nuc of Buckfast bees and it has been an exciting time. I set up the nuc in the spot I chose in the churchyard, which gets plenty of sun in the winter and shade in the summertime. I am hopeful that I chose a good spot.
I gave them a few days to adjust to the spot and yesterday I transferred them into the hive and gave them some food to get them off to a good start. The food is probably not needed as there is plenty of pollen this week and flowers are blooming in the garden of the Old Vicarage and the churchyard, so there is plenty to keep them busy bees! When I transferred them I checked for the queen and was very pleased to find her easily. She is a new queen so she will be good for three to four years. In that time I can learn how to rear my own queen as a replacement.
I also bought a used hive which is locked up in the truck waiting to be placed next to the new hive for any bees looking for a new home or for a swarm if one presents itself.