Inspection

Generally getting inside the hive, either for inspection or for applying husbandry methods, e.g. comb changes.

What’s eating my bees

Apparently 3 hornets and several hundred varroa mites Yesterday I went to top up the feed on my bees, after a week of varroa treatment. I took out the board and saw hundreds of varroa, above is a close up… (READ MORE)

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Feeders and hacked floors

I have been doing a bit of winter preparation preparation. I have sought out my wooden feeders and adjusted them to try to prevent bees drowning themselves. Versions 2 and 3 against last year’s attempt which is, as yet, untried.

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Missing, Presumed dead

So I went to visit one of my apiaries today and noticed one of the hives with no activity at the entrance. On opening her up there was nothing inside; no brood, stored pollen or honey. All that was left… (READ MORE)

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Get her Girls

I was inspecting my bees on Thursday evening and removed the supers to see this sight. Obviously, this unwelcome visitor had got as far as the queen excluder before being spotted, which is a bit worrying she’d made it so… (READ MORE)

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Busy, busy. Queens, Swarms, new apiary

Couple of weeks since the last update and I have been very bee busy. Lets see, not in order: – Started on a queen rearing course – homework was making queen cups, that was fun. – Killed a queen, not… (READ MORE)

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Watch out ! They’re ready to swarm

I checked my 14×12 WBC the other day, and its packed to the rafters with brood. They were so packed in that they were making comb on the bottom bars and the queen was putting eggs in. They also had… (READ MORE)

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Bee rescue

So last week (Thursday 9th) moved to rescue my Buckfast queen “Danish Lady”. The colony was just not building up right in the previous inspections; in the last I could see no sealed brood, few bees and no sign of… (READ MORE)

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Highs and lows

Well its been a mixed inspection this time round. Two WBC’s coming along nicely at Hastingwood but in need of some replacement frames. The Queens seem happy enough but the new one needs marking and clipping. On that note I… (READ MORE)

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