Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Friday, 18 September 2015
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Number 4 has been very slow to build but it had a bad season start. |I removed some frames for starting queens, it then swarmed, then lost it's queen.
Saturday, 24 May 2014
My second has a new queen laying in the bottom, I could not find. I took the qc's from the top box and made 4 small nucs. All failed.
The third was a bit lively but I added another super.
The forth had my best queen in, but she has now left making a small colony smaller. This is the colony I've been taking frames of eggs from for queen rearing. The queen has also absconded before the qc's were sealed! I've split this into 2 colonies on the same site with QC's in both
The fifth has a good queen in the bottom and I saw a queen hatch in the top so I took down all the other qc's.
Friday, 16 May 2014
Wednesday night found all qc destroyed, had missed 2 other qc which had emerged. Shook all bees into box and placed comb under excluder, added fresh eggs to bottom box. Now switched boxes and added splitter board.. tonight seen new qc being built. 2 other colonies have qc so made splits with each.
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Hive 3 seems a little slow to build up, that was the colony I shook swarmed in July and then overwintered in a poly hive!
In 10 days I'll remove the brood from colony 1, moving it too colony 4, as above.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Monday, 31 March 2014
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Monday, 17 March 2014
Sunday, 6 October 2013
My strongest nuc from the year before never got going, so after the bee inspector had checked for AFB in July I disposed of it. Thought I would wait until the bees swarmed to get me back up to 5 colonies, of course they never did!
Came back from our great hols with Gill & Tim at the end of August and one colony had sealed QC's. I destroyed them without thinking, so a week later there were more. Quick check today in colony 4, saw the new queen and sealed worker cells. For the previous 3 weeks it has had the old marked queen and the new queen as well as sealed drone cells, so I guess the old one was failing. I did not see the old queen today but I did not go through the whole hive. There was still drones in the colony, very late!
I've taken 60lb of honey this year mostly from one hive, the 5th position.
All 4 colonies have been fed and seem to have plenty of stores.
Colony 3 was treaded to a shook swarm after the inspectors (to help clear out chalk and bald brood) visit and is now going into winter in a poly hive. I need to shook swarm the other 3 colonies early next year and raise a fifth.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Sunday, 26 February 2012
The small nuc I have had a lot of bees around the entrance. So I moved it's frames to another nuc box. There was a lot of dead bees in the box. It does not have a lot of bees now but it is alive.
Saturday, 17 September 2011
I could not see any brood in the nuc but saw the queen (looking good), there was virtually no brood in any of the colonies, presume it's the time of year but it seems earky. It means the bees alive now will bring it on in spring.
Saturday, 3 September 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
When the supers are clean I need to remove and start varroa treatment.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
I MUST NOT DO IT AGAIN. Going to leave for 5 wekks now, when we come back they should be ready to take honey off.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
I'll check the colony soon and try to put back into one brood box, then I'll get myself organised to do the same with my next oldest queen (green).
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
I made the strongest colony (number 3) queenless, the bees were running all around the entrance until they were queen right. I then cut the (3 day old eggs/larva) comb and pinned to the bars as shown, placed into hive. Photos are of + 1 day and + 2 day. Made queen right after 1 day. Many QC are drawn touching each other so I destroyed the larva in the adjoining cells, should have around 8 QC for my disposal.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Put supers on 3 of the 4 hives, left excluders off to try to encourage bees to move up. Doug and john helped to find the queen in third colony. I'll put some empty comb in with original queen for eggs later this week, getting ready for nuc making. NIck found this hornet up at Longsdon!
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
13 degrees, sunny, bees flying. All colonies bringing in pollen, need to do the experiment mentioned in the previous post a little earlier next year. Removed the empty super from under the colonies, cleaned floors (about a cup of dead bees from all), placed monitoring boards in. All colonies seem faily heavy.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Saturday, 8 January 2011
I took monitoring boards out of the 4 large colonies but will put back if the daytime temperatures sink well below zero. One bee was seen exiting a colony and flew off. Small colony felt light when efted, but it is small!
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
The weather did go milder for a week, I took the monitoring boards out, but then went cold again (minus double figures, freezing during the days). The boards went back in. The four large colonies have liquid on their monitoring boards, it is around the edge ( not where the colony is). This may be because of how the condensation collects or any drips onto the bees are dispersed. Photo of one of the boards.
Monday, 6 December 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
I hope this will make their nest cooler which will result in no brood and less stores consumed. The colony that was created late is not very big and so I will replace the monitoring floor if it gets very cold!
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
THe first colony was very low on bees, which does not look good for winter. I will need to give it some insulation in deep winter. I wonder if the Apiguard has made some abscond?
I checked to find only a tiny area of brood, I wonder if the Apiguard has stopped her laying.
THe first and forth had not taken down any more feed so I removed the feeders and gave the syrup to the others.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
The drop over this week has not been very high so decided the crown board may have been limiting the spread, sealing against the foil sachets. I turned the sachets over which will give colony high exposure. Today there was a high drp from all hives.
On the colonies I did look into there seems a lot of stores close to the brood, don't think I will feed for a while, so far they have had 30Kg between them
Friday, 3 September 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Estimating each hive, the following are the weights to deduct to work out stores in colony. THese include roofs and ekes if they have them.
1 - 17.36kg
2 - 16.8kg
3 - 17.3kg
4 - 19.54kg
5 - 22.68kg
The estimatd stores are on the colony spreadsheets.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Monday, 21 June 2010
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Original colony in brood box,
crown board with side opening and bee proof mesh over holes
Queen cell raising brood box.
This would allow the new queen to mate and start laying in the top brood box and making a 2 queen colony.
I'm sure the nuc created two weeks ago is queenless, so if I get the chance I will place a queen cell with it, also because I don't know if the emerged queen is still with the top box I would give another QC.