New Information about Chalkbrood

Most beekeepers will be familiar with the fungal disease chalkbrood, which is generally considered to be only of minor importance, but it remains a mysterious disease, and in some areas can be devastating. In a new paper published in the Journal of Apicultural Research, Dafu Chen and colleagues from the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, … Continue reading New Information about Chalkbrood

New Queen, New Palace

I moved the nucleus colony with my new breeder queen into a full-sized hive today, it was too hot to wear a bee suit or jacket, so I wore just a hat and face veil. I'm pleased to say that even though my smoker was lit, and on standby, I did not have to use … Continue reading New Queen, New Palace

Queens All Doing Well

I inspected all the hives and nucs in my garden apiary today, all looking good I'm happy to say. The queens from my own queen rearing programme are all doing very well, with nice solid, healthy looking brood pattern. I also introduced 2 new virgin queens into nucs, hopefully they'll be out on their mating … Continue reading Queens All Doing Well