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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 30th August 2017

SHOWING HONEY Many beekeeping associations will run their own local honey shows and many have a novices’ section for those who have never shown before. Other members of your Association may well be able to give advice on how to prepare honey for show. There is also advice on the internet from a number of […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 23rd August 2017

Do you have Himalayan Balsam in your area? You may notice your bees coming back to the hive covered in streaks of white pollen. Along with Ivy this is a good late nectar source.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 16th August 2017

How do you spot robbing behaviour? When doing your routine inspection, spend a few minutes looking at the hive entrance, at this time of year it should be very busy. If you notice bees that are flying side to side or in a zig-zag pattern, then this could be an indication of robbing behaviour. A […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 9th August 2017

In case you haven’t yet decided on your choice of varroa treatment, finish your research and get yourself prepared for when the last capped frames are removed.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 2nd August 2017

Ensure you have enough of your chosen varroa treatment to treat all your hives as soon as you have taken off the honey supers. If you have your first nucleus, or have been lucky enough to catch a swarm, you can treat as soon as they have built up reasonable stores. A nearly full super […]

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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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