Archive For April, 2013

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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Wild Comb & Drones

By | April 14, 2013

This Sunday surely signalled the broken back of Winter, and Spring temperatures are here. A full 18 degrees, and sun most of the day! You can sense it in the bees activity too. Last week I talked about wax, and a little about the male “drone” bees. During the week, I¬†inadvertently¬†left a small gap at […]

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What about wax?

By | April 11, 2013

These days, most people focus on honey as the harvestable product of a hive. However back in the old days… beeswax was the main thing people wanted to harvest. Monks in particular were big beekeepers, to make their churches light, and smell nice with beeswax candles. The cheaper alternative was candles made from animal fat, […]

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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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