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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – February 22nd 2017

Have a peek at the fondant. If it is being eaten quickly, provide some more. This is a critical time for the bees. There is a real danger of starvation. If you are in any doubt at all, you can put fondant over one of the holes in the crown board and if they take […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – February 15th 2017 – Trade Shows

Get your equipment list ready and make your shopping list. There are bargains to be had at the big trade shows. Look in Bee Craft for details of conventions and trade shows that you could attend and check out what lectures are on offer. Bee Craft Events Calendar  

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – February 8th 2017 – Is the forecast is for very cold weather?

If the forecast is for very cold weather for more than a few days, you can move your hives within the apiary, ignoring the less than three feet and more than three miles rule. If you need to move your hives a short distance this winter, this may be your last opportunity. The bees will […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – February 1st 2017 – Bees are in danger of starving!

Bees are in danger of starving! Be ready to act if your colonies are in danger of starvation. If it is cold, be aware of the risk of isolation starvation. It’s usual that if you heft your hives regularly you may notice a sudden loss of weight in early spring (yes, as early as February) […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – January 25th 2017

Carry out regular visits to your apiary to check the hives are intact and entrances are clear. Your bees will be starting to become more active. It’s time to look ahead to the new season and start planning. Look back over your past issues of Bee Craft and catch up on articles you didn’t have […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – January 18th 2017

Check your equipment. Is it all in good condition and clean ready for use? If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to carry out any repairs and clean up used equipment to protect against disease. Hive Cleaning, Sterilisation and Good Practices Jason Learner, Technical Advisor, National Bee Unit Read the article that […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – January 11th 2017

Check the weight of your hives From now on, until the spring is well under way and the bees flying regularly, you need to periodically check the weight of your hives so that you can gauge whether the colonies are getting low on stores. They will already be increasing the amount of brood and will […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – January 4th 2017

If the forecast is for very cold weather for more than a few days, you can move your hives within the apiary, ignoring the less than three feet and more than three miles rule. Find out more about moving hives

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – December 28th 2016

Visit your apiary from time to check all is well. Cast an eye over your hives to check all is well, especially following bad weather. Look for woodpecker damage, check no leaves or snow are blocking the entrances, the hives are upright and the roofs are on properly. Heft the hives to check they still […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – December 21st 2016

Take time to look back over the season and plan ahead for next year. What worked well for you? What will you do differently? Will you be needing any more equipment? Do you need to read up on anything? Look in Bee Craft for details of conventions and trade shows that you could attend and […]

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