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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 15th August 2018

After considering wasps last week, we mustn’t forget that bees too can rob from other colonies and the reduction of the entrance also helps this problem. So how do you spot robbing behaviour?  You need to spend a few minutes looking at the front of the hive near the entrance.  If you notice that bees […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 8th August 2018

Those blighters are around again! Wasps, of course! In the spring they are of particular use as they feed their young protein from dead bees/insects, so are performing an environmental cleaning task. However, at this time of year they are after the honey from your hives and can destroy a colony. So, reduce the entrances […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 1st August 2018

With your supers removed from the hives, now is the time for a thorough inspection for disease and assessment of the strength of your colonies.You need strong, healthy, queen right colonies to over winter. Any that are under strength (less than 5 frames of brood) consider combining. It is very tempting to think, ’let’s give […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 25th July 2018

Remove/start extracting any capped frames. If you have any cut comb frames, put them in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any possibility of wax moth. While removing supers remember to leave sufficient stores for your bees to carry them through the winter. And varroa again – you have an idea from last week […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 11th July 2018

Now is a prudent time to start monitoring colony mite populations. If you want to get an idea of the size of the problem in your colonies this link takes you to the calculator on their site. If inserting a varroa tray, I would suggest not inserting it fully to ensure the air flow is […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 20th June 2018

After splitting a colony keep good records and wait for the new queen to start laying. If you have split your colonies to prevent swarming, you will have one hive (the brood side) with queen cells and another hive (the queen side) with your old queen. You need to continue regular inspections of the queen […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 20th June 2018

After splitting a colony keep good records and wait for the new queen to start laying. If you have split your colonies to prevent swarming, you will have one hive (the brood side) with queen cells and another hive (the queen side) with your old queen. You need to continue regular inspections of the queen […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 13th June 2018

Do you have a June gap in your area? Check that your colony has access to around two full brood frames’ worth of stores. If not, then they might just starve if the weather is bad for over a week. In some regions there is a gap in flowering between the spring flowers such as […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 7th June 2018

Bait hives: Set up hives near your apiary, as high up as possible. If you are lucky, a swarm might take up occupancy! Have a look at Margaret Cowley’s article on Free Bees Photo: Margaret Cowley

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 30th May 2018

So, what happens if you run out of brood frames and forget to go back to put a couple of frames in your brood box? The bees will build comb down from the roof and create their own “bee architecture”. These were created on the roof of a nucleus and once created had to be […]

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