Archive For The “Spring Swarming” Category

Spring! and some simple division

By | June 9, 2014

This weekend has been about swarm management, where I split the colony into a main hive, and a nucleus. Spring has brought some lovely weather – in fact I think is now officially summer (hurrah), and with this warm weather the bees want to grow new queens. Its a good sign of colony strength, so its a welcomed […]

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Do you name your queen bees?

By | June 1, 2013

There’s some simple maths for queen bees in beehives. In general for a healthy colony you need more than 0, and less than 2. They truly are a special and important part of a honey bee colony. In Spring, the number of bees within a hive grows very fast. Sometimes, the colony also decides to grow […]

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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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