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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 26th July 2017

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. If you suspect your bees have disease, call in your local bee inspector whose details can be […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 19th July 2017

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 a couple […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 12th July 2017

The July honey flow should now be in full swing. Remember to check supers and add extra if necessary. You are looking for supers that are full of bees or nectar, but don’t over super as you want the bees to finish capping the nectar which they may not do if they have too much […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 5th July 2017

The National Bee Unit have reported that in some regions of the UK, colonies are starting to show symptoms of high levels of Varroa mites, for example wing deformities and perforated cappings. Therefore, it might be prudent to start monitoring colony mite populations. If you want to get an idea of the size of the […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 28th June 2017

If you split your most advanced colonies, then you will have some new queens. Once they have returned from their mating flights and are laying eggs, mark them with this year’s colour. Then you will know if the colony ever replaces her. A Crown of Thorns queen marking cage is an easy way to mark […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 21st June 2017

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 – 14th June 2017

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 2017

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 a Margaret Cowley’s article on Free Bees

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 31st May 2017

Carry out a disease inspection. It’s good practice to do a thorough disease check occasionally. Get to know what healthy brood looks like so that you notice when something is not quite right http://www.bee-craft.com/beekeeping-informationcentre/disease-inspection-brood/

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 24th May 2017

Carry out weekly inspections. May and June are the most common months 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. What to do if you find queen cells: http://www.bee-craft.com/beekeeping-informationcentre/swarm-control/ http://www.bee-craft.com/beekeeping-informationcentre/artificial-swarm/

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