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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – April 19th 2017

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 – April 12th 2017

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 5th 2017

Only if it is warm enough (over 12 degrees Celsius) in the middle of the day, you can take a five minute look inside the hive to do a little Spring cleaning. Any longer and there is a chance that the uncapped brood will chill. If you find any frames with mould, holes, broken lugs […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – March 29th 2017

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 – March 22nd 2017

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 – March 15th 2017

Make up some frames with foundation The large trade shows in March and April are a great opportunity to pick up some fresh wax foundation. You will be needing it very soon. If you are within range of Oil Seed Rape and the weather is kind, you may need to be putting supers on now. […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – March 8th 2017

Be ready to act in an emergency Unpredictable weather can make life very difficult for the bees. The queens are laying and the workers are more active. They will be using their stores rapidly and foraging for water to soften granulated stores. During the colder months you should feed fondant, but by now it should […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – March 1st 2017

Decide how you will keep your hive records this season, and look back at last years’ records to help you plan the year ahead Keeping inspection records is important. Read what Malcolm Clark has to say on page 21 of your March Bee Craft. Records will help you remember what you have done, so you […]

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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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