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
Here is a nice little video of one of my queens laying - you can see her putting her head in the cell, to check that it is clean and polished ready for her to lay in, and also to measure the cell so that she knows whether to lay a fertilised or unfertilised egg. … Continue reading Queen Laying
I re-queened two of my hives today, as the bees in those hives were becoming more and more 'protective' of the garden, head butting and following right up to the back door. I re-queened them with Carniolan bees - the Carniolan bee is calm and non-aggressive, used to obtain honey and other bee products in … Continue reading New Queens
Some photos from 2017's Queen rearing attempts - kit used etc.
Bloody bees! Splashed out on two new Queens, one has turned out to be a drone layer, the other one is hardly laying at all, and after nearly three weeks, should be going great guns. Now I don't have any colonies strong enough to support my Queen rearing program, and will have to squish and … Continue reading Oh Bother!
My Queen rearing (and beekeeping in general) has suffered a major setback. I opened a nuc yesterday to transfer cells into two Queen less hives, only to see the newly emerged Queens take flight as I lifted the crown board. Now I have no young brood, no queen cells, and possibly four queen less hives. … Continue reading Set-back
Success with my first graft of a larvae and the production of a new Queen. This is the empty Queen cell, showing the little flap where she has chewed herself out. I will leave the hive alone for ten days or so so she can sort herself out. I doubt she has mated yet, due … Continue reading New Dynasty
Supercedure cells are created when the bees want to replace the existing queen, who they have decided is no longer up to the job. This could be because she may be old, she may be damaged or many other reasons.