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Honey 1 – Inspecting the merged hive

I did a full inspection of the new merged hive today and all looked great, did spot a varroa mite on the back of one of the workers.  So will have to treat for them when the supers are all off. As described last week, the hive has three brood boxes and a super on…

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Merging Honey 1+2=3??

After the last inspection of Honey 2 and discovering that the hive didn’t have a functioning Queen, we decided that the best approach was to merge the hive with Honey 1.  Thus making Honey 3 (only kidding). We thought this would the best way for the remaining Bees to live longer and join they old…

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Varroa Count from Goldie

We checked the bottom board and we discovered seven Varroa mites in Goldie, which is a very low count for this time of year but we must keep an eye on these little mites.owh yuck what are they? We also need to work out a way to control their numbers without using chemicals, not keen…

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Our First Extraction

Yesterday we inspected the Goldie hive, just checked the supers.  We were keen to see how the girls got on with capping some more frames of honey. (Double click on the images to enlarge) We managed to find only three frames that had over 80% capped honey on both sides, so we convinced the girls…

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Goldie Inspection

Gary lights the Smoker

Today we did an inspection on the Goldie hive, we checked the two supers, the new one that we added last time has been drawn out but not much Nectar. There was no condensation at all today, I suspect that the hole in the lid liner is making a difference,  Margaret doesn’t agree but that’s…

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