Category Archives: Swarm

Posts relating to bee swarms

48hrs in a day, Please!

It seems so long since I wrote my last post but I literally have just had no time to write an update! Between working, beekeeping and other activities I feel like I need more hours in the day at the … 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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M is for the Mad Month of May!

I say Mad because it has been such a busy month that only now have I had time to sit down and write an update to my blog! As soon as the warm weather started my phone started to ring … 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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First swarms, honey and very busy bees!

Personally I think the weather, having a very warm and dry month of April, has led to both a early buildup for my bee colonies and has brought out a lot of flowering plants early. Normally beekeepers have to be … Continue reading

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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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Two weeks away and a return to chaos!

Being away two weeks working I had hoped to return to my apiary and all would be relatively well! Not so! Where to start, my original colony (#1) had a drone layer so immediately I had to take care of … Continue reading

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Yet another swarm (late?)

My brother called me yesterday, when it was cool and overcast, to say that he had found a newly emerging swarm just round the corner from his house! He took photos and described the scene as 3 groups of bees … Continue reading

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A Bee..sy Weekend – Part 1 – Friday

Wow what a weekend. It started on Friday, as I had decided to take a day off, I was just heading up to my apiary to check on things when I got a call about a swarm. Not too far … Continue reading

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