Artificial Swarm

On inspecting the hives in my garden today, I found one of them had two soon to be sealed queen cells. This means the hive was very close to swarming, so remedial action was required. To prevent the bees from swarming, which they would do once the queen cells are capped, I carried out an … Continue reading Artificial Swarm

Handle with care

I purchased a lot of new hives in the winter sales, probably more than I should have (like you do) and decided that splits and swarms would not get me all the bees I needed, so I had to splash out £540 on three over wintered nucs which were delivered today. You can bet your … Continue reading Handle with care

It was worth it

I did a full inspection (first of the season) at home today. Putting the 1:1 feed and pollen patties on 10 days ago has paid off - the increase in brood is amazing. When I put the feed on, there was about half a frame of brood in the hives, today there are 7 frames … Continue reading It was worth it