Monthly Archives: July 2013

Should they be building like it’s going out of fashion?

All over the internet it’s possible to find anecdotes about prime swarms in Warré hives taking “only a couple of weeks to build three boxes of comb”, but it isn’t always the case. My four week old swarm is currently … Continue reading

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Dealing with angry bees!

Just been down to the hive to weigh the top couple of boxes and maybe to check for brood as I have an inkling the hive could be in trouble (see https://simplebees.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/hive-in-trouble/). Whilst there is plenty of honey in the … Continue reading

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Hive needing a new home

Hi I have just received a call regarding what I believe to be an existing colony of bees located within a shed. The owner would like the colony to be moved. The colony seems to be situated close to the … Continue reading

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Busy, robbing or getting ready to swarm?

As I come to the end of my first month of beekeeping, with a prime swarm in a Warré, things have changed in the last week; something that gets the natural beekeeper flapping a bit. Well this one at least, … Continue reading

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Honey Harvesting equipment

With thoughts starting to turn to honey harvesting in the next month or so, I am looking at what equipment I need to get in order to be able to harvest effectively from a Warre. Does anyone have any recommendations … Continue reading

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Hive in trouble?

Hi I know that my bees swarmed once this year (as I managed to capture it), and I think they may have actually swarmed twice. When I look at the hive, there seems to be lots of coming and goings … Continue reading

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Bee leaflet

Here is a link to the leaflet I made ultimately to promote healthier bees & an awareness of the hidden insecticides in a variety of domestic products currently on the market. Thanks must be given to Phil Chandler from Biobees … Continue reading

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