Archive For The “The seasons” Category

What-ho! Onwards!

By | May 19, 2013

We might not be having the most glorious Spring weather, but the colony is certainly progressing well. Most importantly, the new queen has been let out of her cage, was accepted by the colony, and has started laying eggs! #result I have to admit I wasn’t quite expecting to manage a swarm this year, nor […]

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Re-Queening the Spring Colony

By | May 10, 2013

Sadly when the bees swarmed last weekend, collected and put back in the box, the queen was lost. I can’t be certain how she was lost, but this is no time for mourning. The important thing now she’s gone is to get a queen into the hive. There are a few methods to re-queen a […]

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There’s so many queens, this could be K Road!

By | May 1, 2013

Things have been happening pretty fast in the hive this week. The lovely Spring weather (if not a little late) has made the population boom! in the colony – and the bees have also been growing new queens. New queens are good if you want another hive and it’s the natural way the colony reproduces. […]

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BOOM! and Spring arrived

By | April 20, 2013

Today was quite a proud day for me, as a beginning beekeeper. I need to create more room in the hive for expansion – my first super! Through all of last year, I only managed the colony in a brood box holding the queen, new eggs and developing brood. But with this fantastic warm (if […]

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April Sun in Chiswick***

By | April 7, 2013

Mercifully, the first weekend in April has brought some warmth, and sun. I’m sure beekeepers all over England took the opportunity to check on their bees. It was warm enough (in my opinion) to do a full hive inspection. At least weighing the risk of not doing an inspection with potential trouble inside the hive, […]

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