Category Archives: Bee Craft Timely Reminders

Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 6th December 2017

Things all quiet in the apiary but hotting up at home for the Christmas period. If you intend to treat for varroa with oxalic acid when the weather is really cold and there is little or no brood, make sure you have ordered an approved product, as you could need it over Christmas/New Year/early January. […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 29th November 2017

All is well in your apiary, your equipment is on the way to being ready for next year, but before you sit back and relax, there’s a bit more to do.  Wash your beesuit using washing soda in a 60 degree wash to remove propolis. Wash your veil in a similar solution in your bath […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 22nd November 2017

Before it gets cold and you don’t want to be outdoors for any length of time, now is the time to check your spare hive equipment to see if any of it needs mending. Maybe the open mesh floors need some attention. There’s nothing worse than planning to move a hive, making the necessary preparations […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 15th November 2017

So, over the past few weeks you have checked the condition and location of your colonies and all is good. Well done! This week keep an eye open for pheasants and woodpeckers in case you need to protect your hives from their unwanted attention. Even your polyhives won’t be safe if they are painted brown!

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 8th November 2017

So how’s the weather with you after the recent blows? Windy?  Check again the stability of your hives and ensure they are secure Wet? Make sure your apiary is high enough so this isn’t how you need to get there to check all is well.  Not easy or safe wearing a beesuit! Still fairly warm? […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 1st November 2017

We recently reminded you about putting mouse guards on your hives. Before you do, quickly check to make sure there isn’t already one inside!    

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 25th October 2017

Check that all your hives are on good, stable benches. If in a windy area put a couple of bricks on top and/or strap them to the bench. Just to check all is well, as well as hefting, listen to the bees. You’ll need to put your ear against the side of the hive. If […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 18th October 2017

Check to make sure you have fed your colonies sufficiently as they will soon be forming clusters for the winter, depending on where you are in the country and the temperature.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 11th October 2017

Put mouse guards over the hive entrances before the mice discover this lovely warm larder in which to overwinter. They can flatten themselves to get into a low entrance but can’t get in through the round holes in the mouseguards. If they gain entrance you will lose your colony, your wax, and have a disinfectant […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 4th October 2017

Following the recent sightings at each end of Devon over the past two weeks, and destruction of a nest near Woolacombe, keep a look out in and around your Apiary for Asian Hornets and their nests. Information on identification and how to report any suspected sightings can be found on the National Bee Unit site Check any […]

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