Preparing For The New Season

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...

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Adding New Supers

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...

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What Effect Will this Weather Have?

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...

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War On Winter Pests

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...

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Feeding Of Bees For Winter

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...

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Open Mesh Floors In The Winter

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...

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