Preparing For The New Season

February 3, 2013 Cotswold Bees Bee HealthBeekeeping GeneralBeekeeping Jobs

Spring is not here yet but it is most important to get ready for the season ahead. Now is the time to get out spare equipment and make sure it is ready for use. Take those spare supers and brood boxes and give them a good going over with a blow torch. Check that you […]

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Adding New Supers

June 4, 2012 Cotswold Bees Beekeeping GeneralBeekeeping Jobs

When and how to add supers is one of those subjects over which beekeepers will argue for hours. Here are my thoughts and the techniques that have done well by me over the years. First: try not to add supers too early. Make sure that the brood box is nearly full before adding the first […]

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Jobs For The Winter (Part 1 Recycling Frames)

November 28, 2011 Cotswold Bees Bee HealthBeekeeping GeneralBeekeeping Jobs

Now is the time to be considering those winter jobs in order to hit the ground running in the spring next year. A great starting point is to look at all the used frames you will have about the place and decide what is worth saving. I always throw away frames that have already been used […]

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What Effect Will this Weather Have?

October 30, 2011 Cotswold Bees Bee HealthBeekeeping General

As I write this blog we have had several days with temperatures above 16 degrees C in the last week of October and although rain is forecast for next week there is not one day where the temperature is forecast to be less than 14 degrees during the day or 8 degrees at night. This […]

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War On Winter Pests

October 9, 2011 Cotswold Bees Bee HealthBeekeeping General

Hopefully we are now in a position where our bees are very close to being ready for Winter and all is well inside the hive. Now is the time to turn our attention to external pests. The two that can cause major problems here in the North Cotswolds are mice and green woodpeckers. Mice are […]

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The Blow Torch – A Beekeeper’s Best Friend

October 2, 2011 Cotswold Bees Bee HealthBeekeeping General

On my courses I always say to new beekeepers that the only equipment you really need to start is the hive, a suit, a hive tool and a smoker. The thing is though that included in that list should be a blow torch. First of all one of the biggest problems new (and often experienced) […]

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Feeding Of Bees For Winter

September 25, 2011 Cotswold Bees Bee HealthBeekeeping General

The difference between someone who keeps bees and a beekeeper is that a beekeeper is a farmer who needs to manage stock through difficult times. This bring us nicely to the subject of feeding bees ready for Winter. Bees must have enough stores to go through the Winter and the first part of the Spring […]

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Open Mesh Floors In The Winter

September 18, 2011 Cotswold Bees Bee HealthBeekeeping General

For my fist blog I thought we would start with a controversial subject. Over the last few years open mesh floors have become very popular in the fight against varroa and very useful they have been. I use them during the summer to measure daily drop and after the treatment with Apiguard. However, I worry […]

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