A sunny day at last, and eight members turned up for what became a very informative and enjoyable session.
Hive 5 which had been a strong hive, was much smaller. Very little drawn comb on the upper brood box, and no sign of the queen, though there were some eggs, probably laid a day or two ago. There were a number of sealed queen cells, so we must presume a swarm in the last couple of days. We kept the two best cells, replaced the upper box and replenished the feed (2 litres). Maybe the previous syrup provided the stores to facilitate the departure.
Hive 8 (previously united) remained weak, and again no drawn comb. The queen seen but a weak colony. There was some feed left, so we topped up back to 2 litres and left the configuration alone.
Hive 10, very strong, and queen found, queen excluder placed on lower box, then queen placed in upper box. The eke was placed, but unable to secure lower entrance, so upper entrance (in eke) sealed off.
Hive 9, strong, and drawn comb in upper box with the queen present. The marking was almost gone, so she was re-marked. Bailey comb change done without the additional eke in the middle as it was not possible to seal the lower entrance.
Everyone had the opportunity to take part in operating the hive, and in the decision making. When this goes according to the book that is fine, but today all of us needed to consider and decide on a range of different problems and options, which is by far, the best path to learning. Great day!