Archive For May, 2013

A challenging start to Spring

By | May 27, 2013

Spring has started a month late this year. It wouldn’t be fair, or true, to blame the weather on my challenging start to the 2013 beekeeping season. But it’s tempting none the less.. The good news… Honey is in the house! The bees have been enjoying the warming weather, collecting pollen and nectar. Roughly, honey […]

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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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Things were quiet – a little too quiet…

By | May 4, 2013

Saturday was a mixed bag for me. After a demoralising thumping 4-2┬áby relegated ┬áReading over Fulham, I wanted to see how the bees were doing with the Snelgrove board. My first impressions were how calm the bees were. “This Snelgrove board is really doing the trick”, I proudly thought to myself. Then I realised how […]

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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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