It’s been quite a weekend. My plans were simple, lay flooring like a good husband then locate and probably kill one queen ( i did try to find her a home first ) enabling me to merge two colonies and reverse this creeping hive syndrome. The flooring was going well, stylish black slate stuff … Continue reading A Game of Queens – or – They’re Not Our Bees!
As I watch my bees coming and going (well, over the last week, mostly going but at least I got them back ) I can’t help wondering where they go to fetch food for the colony. What flowers do they prefer, how far are they traveling, and do they have a Nectar card? Bees aren’t … Continue reading The Study of Dust
The swarm is fine – it turned out I’d not managed to get the queen in when I’d tried to shake them into the box. Sorry about that bees, you had to have a cold night on the floor. Ah well, they went in eventually when I spotted her plonked her unceremoniously inside – no … Continue reading Mission creep – a new hive
were still on the ground where I left them this morning. They must have some really lazy scout bees. As they were still in a cluster than means the queen must be with them – without her pheromone influence they’d have drifted back to the original hive. So opened the nuc box, confirmed it was … Continue reading So I’m home but the bees….
I learnt things this weekend. The first thing I learnt was that even when you’re topping up a feeder (which doesn’t involved opening up the hive completely), just a veil is not sufficient. Stings 13,14 and 15 acquired on the forearms, 16 & 17 on the left and right armpits respectively, no more T-shirts for … Continue reading The Swarm – or ‘One of our Queens is Missing’
We had our first visit to the local beekeeping association’s apiary this weekend – an opportunity to see other people handling bees and realise I’m not quite the clumsy oaf I thought I was. I’ve also passed a landmark – On Saturday morning my sting count was a lowly One, it’s now into double figures. … Continue reading On being stung
This weekend I celebrated my first week as a beekeeper, and made another cockup. I’m sorry bees! I made the first mistake when I first put the bees in their hive but since I left them undisturbed all week I’ve only just found out. I left a dummy frame out. On the face of it … Continue reading Sorry bees! A lesson in bee space