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. We also need to work out a way to control their numbers without using chemicals, not keen to use any chemicals[…]Read More

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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[…]Read More

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New Frame Jig

saw the plans for this on http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/framejig/framejig.htmand deciding to make it. Made up 10 ¾ frames the other day much quicker than the old method, I would recommend anyone to make one up. Especially if you are using wooden frames and need to make up a few of them. The site above shows some photos[…]Read More

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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[…]Read More

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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[…]Read More

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Goldie Inspection Part 2

Well after seeing the Queen Cells in Honey1, I wanted to check Goldie. I didn’t finish the inspection last week because the Bees stop play by stinging me four times. After listening to an Episode of The Organic Beekeeper podcast http://somdbeekeeper.com. I was inspired to try again, this time with a more calm and collected[…]Read More

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