Today, given the unusual heat and the fact that my previous very successful water source seemed to have a leak (Possibly a deer or a badger had a go at it?) the plan was a Mark 2 version. The bees have also been all over the small bird bath so I think they are feeling the heat and needing the water to cool the hive. I have some surplus containers from the fat balls I give the birds during the winter. I made a circle of holes in the lid so if it rains it will be naturally topped up. I then made a rectangular hole for a new block of oasis. I had checked that the oasis would reach down to the bottom so even when just a small amount of water remains the oasis should stay moist.
Once this was complete I filled it about half full of water thinking I could then top it up once it had been placed in the apiary.
All beekeepers know you either need to move a hive less that 3 feet or more than 3 miles and I wondered whether in a similar way the new water source needed to be close to the old one.
I have to say, that when I opened my second hive a little later, somehow I got stung in my scalp. I am not sure whether they got in to the suit or stung me through the. Most disconcerting and most impolite and ungrateful in my opinion. That is 2 stings in two days. A brief, light thunder storm started just as I headed back home so perhaps the weather made them grumpy. Beesuits are very hot even in the cool of the evening so perhaps it is perspiration that gets to them.
The bees are just as desperate for moisture as we are. The bird bath probably needs cleaning but despite its undesirable appearance there seemed to be at least 8 bees on it during the day.