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Naming my Queens

My Queens need names.  last year they were Strawlegs and Haylegs.  For obvious reasons; the colour of their legs.  It wasn't obvious what to call the queen I videoed for you; she is definitely a good one and doing well and with a large brood area already. Still no inspiration until I checked the 2nd hive .  It's a story of 2 halves....  This one has just a patch of brood, the Queen has laid eggs int he last 3 days as I could see those, but lots of dead bees on the floor, and only a small colony left bringing in pollen.  I could't even find the Queen, despite there being hardly anyone there!  And then the names came to me: Big Legs and Little Legs.  Little Legs had a couple of frames of honey that had crystalised in the comb so they couldn't get it , must be ivy.  I reduced their hive a bit so less work to do keeping it warm, cleaned their floor for them to stop disease, and gave them fondant.  I'll show you inside Little Legs hive next inspection - fingers crossed they come through

Little Legs' hive is on the left, Big Legs is on the right

Here's the Queen!

The first inspection