Category Archives: Equipment

Post relating to beekeeping equipment

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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A busy weekend for me and the Bees!

I have almost given up looking at the weather forecast, it never seems to be that accurate at the moment! If I remember correctly the forecast I looked at said it would be a max of 12 degs C on … Continue reading

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Mid Year report

It is more than halfway through the beekeeping year now and in preparation for my being away 2 weeks working I spent a couple of days checking and preparing my hives for my absence. On one day I had help … Continue reading

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Brace yourself for the move

Brace comb is the honey comb that bees often build in places that you do not want any honeycomb built! I find that the most common places that bees will build brace comb are either along the bottom edge of … 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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Show me the Honey!

Despite very windy conditions, on Saturday the 14th May, I managed to do a brief inspection of my main colonies but more important was that I removed the deep brood boxes from 2 of the colonies that had finished their … 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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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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