I checked my incubator last night, like I always do before I go to bed, and was horrified to see that the temperature was only 24°C when it should be 35°C. I checked to see if the temp setting had been inadvertently changed, but it hadn't. I opened the door, and found the fan constantly … Continue reading Incubator disaster!
I had a very busy day today, expanding my home apiary, making splits and introducing new queens. I also had a friend drop round with three virgin queens for me to put into my queen bank as the next three or four days are forecast for rain and thunder storms. I built a new stand … Continue reading Expanding
Another hot day today, 28° or so with not a cloud in the sky, and light airs. I painted some 6 frame poly nucs this morning, and some spare vented travel lids for them, but I forgot all about the new box of mating nucs. We have our grand kids on Sundays, so I did … Continue reading Jobs to do
I set up a new out-apiary at Lytchett Minster today, I think I melted into my suit it was so warm. The bees were so placid it was amazing, despite having been closed up for almost a day, transported in a car and then moved from nucs into hives - they seem to have a … Continue reading New out-apiary
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
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.
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…