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A long weekend with my bees and the extractor

“There’s gold in them thar Hills Hives !” As the field of OSR that my hives are next to has  gone over (finished flowering) and turned from bright yellow to a shade of green  it was time to check and extract the honey … Continue reading

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Demaree vs swarm 4-1 + 2 more

Last time I wrote about carrying out the Demaree manipulation on my five strongest hives. This is the progress so far on those hives. I took a day off work last Friday as it was a glorious weather and I … Continue reading

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D-Day for the strong hives.

It was D-Day for the strongest of my hives on Saturday. D being for Demaree, the swarm prevention (or at least delay) method that I currently use. The strongest of my hives (five in total) in the field apiary that … Continue reading

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More swarms and new hive types

I visited my home apiary mid day on the 7th June and was just enjoying a cup of tea staring up towards the hives when I noticed something dark fall out of one of the pear trees. I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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‘Killer Queen’ and the 100 mile swarm collection.

The first part of my title was more a reference to the swarm I collected on Easter Monday. They turned out to be the most aggressive bees I have encountered in my beekeeping career. On one inspection I must have … Continue reading

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Windy and Calm

With the weather forecast being a gamble at the moment I took the chance on Saturday afternoon whilst the sun was out and despite a strong wind to look through some of my colonies. I am very happy to report … Continue reading

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A Bee..sy Weekend – Part 2 – Saturday / Sunday

After a bit of a lay in on Saturday morning I headed back up to my apiary to see what was happening. The big swarm, colony 6, was busy round it’s hive and the ‘cut out’, colony 7, seemed very happy in … Continue reading

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