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Prepping the Hive

I have been getting my Warre cleaned up and up to speed in time for the swarming season this year. I have one top bar box full of last years virgin comb which I was considering to use as the … 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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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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Queen Cells

While I was adding a fresh new box to my hive, I noticed that there are two uncapped queen cells and a host of drone cells in one of the boxes. Assuming the colony is raising a new queen as … Continue reading

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Times of Plenty

After a slow start this spring, the bees have been getting down to some serious work. They filled the three boxes that were on the hive really quickly, which caused me to nadir a fourth box about 3 weeks ago. … Continue reading

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Spring Swarming

With spring just starting, I guess thoughts are now turning to possible early swarming. As I live in an urban environment I would like to be able to have some awareness of when/if my hive is likely to swarm so … Continue reading

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BBKA Letter

I was intrigued to read this letter, and response in the recent edition of BBKA News. The questioner is responding to a previous article on the dangers of unmanaged hives and colonies, which to me sounds as if it could … Continue reading

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Bees in winter

I’m sure I read somewhere that bees consume less resources over winter if the days and nights are colder rather than milder. Does anyone have any figures for the temperatures at which bees become less mobile and cluster more? Are … Continue reading

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To Nadir or not to Nadir…?

After all the recent excitement with the hive swarming and then their lack of a laying queen it seems as if those clever little bees have sorted everything out with a new laying queen. The hive now has two full … Continue reading

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