Monthly Archives: April 2011

Colony build up and swarm prevention.

During the spring beekeepers are looking for a good colony buildup with the number of bees in the hive increasing as the Queen lays more and more eggs. It is very important that everything is done to enable the colony … Continue reading

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The importance of a good water source

Bees use water in many ways. They need it to dilute and make the food that they eat and feed to the lavae. They also use it to help cool the hive on hot days (through evaporation). Any beekeeper or … Continue reading

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The start of a new beekeeping season

Having survived the cold winter, including temperatures as low as -11.5 degrees Celsius and snow covering the hives for a period in December and January I am pleased to say that all 6 of my colonies survived! During the winter … Continue reading

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2010/11 Winter Update

Apologies to anyone reading my blog, I got very behind in updating it! Towards the end of last season I had one of my colonies queenless and with no time left in the season and the weather turning colder I … Continue reading

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