Entries by andy

Bees not surviving into Spring

Colony Dying Out as it comes into Spring One of my colonies came through the Winter with three seams of bees and very small patches of brood and after checking on it 3 weeks after the initial season inspection it has died out. There were plenty of stores so haven’t starved but obviously haven’t had […]

Marking and Clipping Queens

There’s a lot of differing opinions about marking queens and especially clipping them. When I first started I was like most novice beekeepers very nervous about this aspect of beekeeping. Also I didn’t see the need for clipping queens but over the years I’ve come to appreciate the benefits. Even if you don’t clip your […]

Bait Hive – hints and tips

For the past 5 years I have been using a bait hive with reasonable success, catching a swarm in 4 out of 5 years. In fact this year I picked up a swarm from one of my own hives that I hadn’t managed properly. I haven’t changed much in the way I set the hive […]

Apideas – Tips to Improve Success Rates

When I first started with queen rearing I had limited success with using apideas for raising new queens and by trial and error I have improved my mating rate using the following approach: Stock the apidea 2 days before introducing a sealed queen cell. I am lucky to have 2 apiary sites so I use bees from one site […]

Oxalic Acid Vaporiser Treatment on September 20th

After the high count in Aqua from the drone trap last week – 50:100 and the Defra advisory on incidences of high Varroa infestations I decided to use my new vaporiser and apply Oxalic Acid to the home apiary colonies. Will do the Mole Valley ones next week. Bit of a faff removing the entrance blocks […]

Feeding Honey Back to The Bees

I know it’s not recommended but I had a super of old  honey, most of it crystallised in the combs. Rather than just bin it I decided to feed it back to my bees. So I uncapped 4 frames and put them into a super and left it about 15m from the hives. The bees found […]

Bait Hive – Success As Swarm Takes Up Residence

put a bait hive out for the first time last year but didn’t have any luck attracting a swarm, but then I didn’t have much luck with anything beekeeping related last year. The main reason for doing it was to hopefully stop swarms from my own colonies causing problems with the neighbours. About 4 weeks […]