Author Archives: therichcow

Dead colony, mouldy comb

My bees died this winter. I suspected the colony was dead/dying because there was a build up of dead bees outside the hive and in the floor of the hive. When they didn’t start flying in the spring I peered … Continue reading

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Deformed wing virus

We have one hive of bees that we got as a swarm this year very early in the swarming season. At the moment we’re feeding them because we weighed the hive they’re well below the weight needed to get them … Continue reading

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Our first bees!

We hived our first swarm yesterday. They were given to me by a very helpful swarm collector from Sheffield BKA. I accompanied him on Friday to collect a swarm from somebody’s house but they were in a very difficult position … Continue reading

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Top bar modification question

I e-mailed this question to Gareth before I was able to post on here. Now that I can post on Simple Bees I thought I’d repost it here with the reply in case it’s useful to anyone else … I … Continue reading

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