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19 May, 2020

Bee News

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This good weather has got the bees working hard and keeping me on my toes. There was a swarm in the village last month, a very rare event for April. It was quite large one and high up, so difficult to reach. I set a bait hive which had quite a few visits by scout bees, but they were not able to impress the rest of the swarm. ...

13 October, 2019

Bee News

The Villager

The bees are certainly not as busy now it has turned cooler, darker and wetter. They still have a bit of honey left to dry, before capping with wax. They need to reduce the water content to prevent it from fermenting. This is done from the natural heat from the brood, which is maintained around 35°C. The colony populations is much reduced, partly because all the drones (males) will have been evicted (or killed) as they serve no purpose to the colony, just a drain on resources. For those of you who remember that drones don’t do any work and sometimes even get fed – this is payback time! ...

17 September, 2019

Bee News

The Villager

Well the Honey harvest is in, totalling almost 30kg – around 70 jars worth. This is way down from last year when we had over 100 jars. I put this down to two ...

24 August, 2019

Bee News

The Villager

The weather has not been good for the bees this month. Too wet, cold and windy. Some of the hardy ones will fly but you can see them getting blown off course. I picked up my new swarm from Tadley and fed them 2 litres of sugar syrup while they found their new foraging sites. They consumed this in a day! I had to give them another load. I also gave them a new Super to make honey comb but they haven’t bothered with it. I don’t think there is enough of them to make it worth their while. Plenty enough to drink the syrup though. ...

24 May, 2019

Bee News

The Villager

The last inspection showed the bees are not ready to swarm just yet, as there are no queen cells. I think the weather has been too mild. There were a couple of queen cups which are anchor points for queen cells, so this means they are practising. However, they have been increasing their population nicely and now occupy most of the hive. A lack of space is the most common reason for swarming. ...