Our bee keeper Rik called in today to check the hives and he updated me with the bees progress.
Our queen is not producing baby bees quick enough for some reason - this is happening all over the region according to the beekeeper so he has to step in to give the queen a hand so to speak.
He has added a box of baby bees and he will gradually introduce them to the hive.
Additionally he will add in some drone bees - these guys mate with the queen - and also some nurse bees to help improve the situation in the hive. NB It is possible that the queen needs to mate hence the drone bees - that’s their job.