Making Hilda stronger
BLT's children weren't very productive or keen to expand the colony - perhaps because they were always a little sub optimal in terms of bee numbers with never quite enough to support good growth... To make sure Queen Hilda has all the help and support she needs to mother a thriving and growing colony I've decided to combine 2 average / small colonies to make a bigger stronger one for her. So Hilda has another colony stacked on top of her, separated by a sheet of newspaper - see photo below. By the time the bees have nibbled through the paper Hilda's smell will be spread throughout the boxes and the bees will feel united, rather than fighting each other. I'm going to give them a week to mingle before getting them all into 1 box, instead of the 2 they're in at the moment.