Inspection

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

April Inspection

I inspected mine yesterday. Touch wood, they have all made it through, but they look very lacking in bees. How many frames of brood do you have on yours? My best are on old nationals in my parents back garden… (READ MORE)

Inspection

Visit four: First full inspection of the year.

Ah ha! No bee stings today! Well except I kind of cheated, I didn’t inspect the hive that has done for me before. I was a bit tired after the first seven. My inspection was last Tuesday, the temperature at… (READ MORE)

Inspection

Visit three, sting three, but with good reason…

So on Saturday (9th) I visited the hives to check on their progress with the fondant. Most of them are making a significant dent in it. Good news though I’ve not lost one colony (touch wood); even the ones that… (READ MORE)

Inspection

First sting of the year

Today I visited my hives for the first time this year. People at the local bee club had been talking about hives being on the light side, due to a mild winter, and I had just taken delivery of some… (READ MORE)

Inspection

Danish lady

My Buckfast queen arrived in the post three weeks ago, Saturday 30th June, from Keld Brandstrup of buckfast.dk. She was labelled “KB463 Random mated Green” but I thought that sounded a bit clinical so she shall be known as “Danish… (READ MORE)

Inspection

Busy but successful

I’ve been naming and marking… Naming hives after Muppets (as discussed) and marking and clipping queens that I have finally managed to find, hurah ! We have: Beaker – Benjamin’s hive, mee mee mee Fozzy Bear, Waca waca Sweedish Chef… (READ MORE)

Inspection

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war

Also know as “come on queeny, go and get mated and get on with it”. It has been a while since I saw an egg in any of my hives, and today is mating day, woo woo… It has been… (READ MORE)

Inspection, Queen rearing