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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 18th April 2018

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 – 11th April 2018

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 4th 2018

Make up some frames with foundation The large trade shows in the spring are a great opportunity to pick up some fresh wax foundation. You will be needing it very soon. If you will be within range of Oil Seed Rape and the weather warms up (!), you may need supers in the not too distant future. Early […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 21st March 2018

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 – 14th March 2018

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 – 28th February 2018

Not going to the show? Take the time to read up on any parts of beekeeping that you are unsure of and set up your file for your hive records for this year. Books available in our online shop. Considering a Multipack for ease of hive record storage? If you have lots of hives you can also get additional record cards.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 21st February 2018

Are you a new or fairly new Beekeeper going to BeeTradex on 3rd March? Bee Craft have organised an addition to our stand (actually located opposite our stand near the coffee shop) which will be manned by volunteer experienced beekeepers from a number of associations. They are there specifically to answer questions and offer advice to less […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 14th February 2018

Bees are still in their clusters due to the cold with no sign of a spring thaw. If you intend to treat for varroa, it can still be done on a dry, calm sunny day when you should note where in the hive the cluster is located.  Check against the potential location of stores from your notes on hefting last week. Do the stores seem to be close […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 7th February 2018

Looking at the weather forecast, if you have to travel and as soon as it is safe to do so, pay a visit to your apiary to ensure your hives are intact and the entrances are clear of snow and/or debris, the mouse guards and predator protection are intact, and finally heft to check the level of stores.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 31st January 2018

Check your equipment and make a list of your requirements for the coming year.   There’s just over a month to go to the first trade show at Stoneleigh on 3rd March.  Suppliers will need your advance orders very soon. Buy your tickets. Plan your day and don’t forget to come along to the Bee […]

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