Queen cell in supers

The cheeky little bees not only built a queen cell in the supers but also moved an egg into it. You may say “The queen must have got through the queen excluder.” But there were no more eggs anywhere else in the supers. It would be interesting to know if they moved an egg or…

A new Queen

I have too many hives this year, so I had to decide what each one needed and when. The hive in my story had a slow start, probably because it went into the winter on 6 frames in an 11 frame box. (I had run out of Nuc boxes). It was also in a more…

Very useful articles

I am adding articles as and when I find them, so check back now and again. What to do when Queen cells found by Welsh Beekeepers’ Association Beebase advice for new beekeepers Wax moth Wax moth trap Nuc method of swarm control Fumigating comb

Extraction of Honey from frames

This is my local Beekeepers Association Honey Preparation room, newly refurbished in stainless steel, food grade plastic walls and washable floor with drain. I have it all ready to go with, back left to front right, boxes of honey frames, stainless steel uncapping tray and fork, extractor with filter and food grade plastic buckets. (I…

Homemade smoker fuel

Egg boxes can be used straight in a smoker but if you make these balls it will last longer. The compressed egg box burns slowly and does not go out easily. It’s also free, which is what we beekeepers like!

Bees for sale

Nucs Available: I am selling my bees as I nearly always have too many. I make up Nucs with laying queens from swarm control manipulation. Overwintered queens and newly mated, sometimes I have whole colonies. They are all local bees with very good temperaments. The price for a 6 frame Nucs with laying queen is…

Basic Assessment

BBKA Basic Assessment Information To take the Basic Assessment you should have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months. The links below will take you to the members part of the BBKA website, so you will need to be a member and sign in. Prospects and syllabus Examination application…

Hive Stand with Sloping Legs

Collect together all the tools and Stand parts. Don’t use the new garden table for the glueing and hammering! I have use it to take photos as it provides a great background. Start hammering in two of the 1.5 in. nails into the back bar opposite the recess. Blunt the nail end by hammering it on…