It's a rainy day here in Dorset today, so I set about taking care of a few jobs I'd been putting off. The first task was to change out the metal runners in my honey supers for 10 frame castellated spacers. This means I need one frame less per super, and the extra space between … Continue reading Castles on a rainy day
Beekeeping is not a cheap hobby, with a standard BS National hive costing in the region of £325.00 before you add bees, frames or wax foundation, and a nuc of bees currently selling for ~£200.00. So called "honey rustling" or hive theft appears to be on the increase. As the majority of my hives are … Continue reading Protecting my investment
I was kindly offered space in somebody's garden for a couple of beehives - they sent me this picture of the area prepped with slabs and a nice double hive stand they built for the hives to go on. Pretty smart hey!
Winter is a busy time for beekeepers, all spare kit has to be cleaned and disinfected ready for the new season, broken and damaged equipment needs repairing, and all the new kit for the coming year has to be made.
Some photos from 2017's Queen rearing attempts - kit used etc.
We've got the Grandkids today, as usual for a Sunday, so just a quick job this morning. I finished putting the metal roof covers on the new nucs.
I started today topping up the brownie points bank, by building a set of bunk beds ready for when the grandkids stay over. I'm now working my way through a pile of 150 frames adding wax foundation to them. I still have one complete hive to build and paint, along with 4 supers. The only … Continue reading Brownie points…
Finally managed to paint some of the wood ware today, 4 floors, 4 roofs and 4 brood boxes painted. It'll be a while before I can put another coat on them, as the weather forecast is pretty poor for the next week or more. I'll be able to put the metal covers on the roofs … Continue reading Painting…
Setting up new hives from over-wintered nucs
Making hive frames is a mind numbing exercise - I gave up with the Lidl nail gun, got fed up with clearing jams and removing bent nails, so it's the Mk1 pin hammer and 19mm brads - only eleven per frame times 140 frames....