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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 20th June 2018

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 – 20th June 2018

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 – 13th June 2018

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 2018

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 at Margaret Cowley’s article on Free Bees Photo: Margaret Cowley

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 30th May 2018

So, what happens if you run out of brood frames and forget to go back to put a couple of frames in your brood box? The bees will build comb down from the roof and create their own “bee architecture”. These were created on the roof of a nucleus and once created had to be […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 23rd May 2018

If you haven’t already done so, dedicate one day to give your colony a thorough inspection for disease, especially foulbrood, and also check for queen cells. May and June are the most common months for swarming. Swarms can cause difficulties with neighbours and losing a swarm from your own hive will drastically reduce the number […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 16th May 2018

Margaret Murdin’s article for beginner beekeepers in our April issue provides detailed explanation on what to look out for with some photographs courtesy of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Not a subscriber? You can subscribe here. For further information log on to our website which has more links to the National Bee Unit.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 4th May 2018

Oil Seed Rape update. Earlier TR requires clarification as unripe nectar will ferment after extraction. So what can you do? If when you shake the frame no nectar drops out, it is likely that most of the frame is ripe. However this could still lead to fermented honey before very long – unless it’s blended […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 4th May 2018

Oil Seed Rape update. Earlier TR requires clarification as unripe nectar will ferment after extraction. So what can you do? If when you shake the frame no nectar drops out, it is likely that most of the frame is ripe. However this could still lead to fermented honey before very long – unless it’s blended […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 25th April 2018

Have you had a peek inside your hives?  We feared lack of space may be an issue for those alongside OSR (Oil Seed Rape), but were surprised at how behind they are, with still a way to go to having brood boxes full of sealed brood frames.  It’s still generally too cold for the workers to […]

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