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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 17th May 2017

If the flowers of oilseed rape are turning green, look in your supers and remove any which have capped honey. Extract, filter and bottle this the same day to avoid it setting within the comb.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 10th May 2017

Get your swarm kit ready. Be prepared to go out and pick up a swarm at short notice – have everything you need all together in one box so you can pick it up and go. You’ll develop your own swarm kit over time, but here’s an idea of contents to get you started:

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 3rd May 2017

May is the most common time for swarming so any colonies with more than about six frames of brood will need inspecting weekly. Divide any with occupied queen cells using an artificial swarm method.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – April 26th 2017

Any colonies with more than about six frames of brood will need inspecting weekly. At the first sign of occupied queen cups/cells, the colony should be divided using an artificial swarm method. Claire Waring, Bee Craft Editor, explains the 3 secrets of successful swarm control in your April Bee Craft.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – April 19th 2017

When all but the outside frames of a box are covered with bees, add another box. This is normally a super (above a queen excluder). However, you may wish to add another brood chamber or brood super if your queen is very prolific. In this case you will not need the queen excluder until you […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – April 12th 2017

If the temperature rises above about 15 degrees Celsius, carry out a detailed inspection and record your findings. You can carry out an inspection of your hives any day it is warm and calm. A temperature of 14 to 16 degrees is ideal. The aim is to ascertain whether there is a queen who is […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – April 5th 2017

Only if it is warm enough (over 12 degrees Celsius) in the middle of the day, you can take a five minute look inside the hive to do a little Spring cleaning. Any longer and there is a chance that the uncapped brood will chill. If you find any frames with mould, holes, broken lugs […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – March 29th 2017

Remove mouse guards from the entrance of the hive and at the same visit, either clean the floor boards or swap over-wintered ones for fresh ones. Some beekeepers use a solid floorboard in the winter so that cold winds do not blow up into the colony from underneath. If this is the case, then there […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – March 22nd 2017

Read up on swarm control and decide now which method you are going to use. Most colonies will want to swarm and if conditions allow they will go earlier than you think. May and June are the prime months for swarms in the UK, but they have been known in April and even March. Be […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – March 15th 2017

Make up some frames with foundation The large trade shows in March and April are a great opportunity to pick up some fresh wax foundation. You will be needing it very soon. If you are within range of Oil Seed Rape and the weather is kind, you may need to be putting supers on now. […]

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