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New Bees Arrived

Hi All

I did a beginners beekeeping course a few weeks ago, fantastic couple of days with the lads at Bradford beekeepers.
Ive just got myself a hive and a colony of bees, they arrived yesterday. Looks like there settling in ok.

Captain_Dingbat

Oooo smashing! Look forward to seeing your progress!

Have you named them all yet..? '.Bee 3,456, Bee 3,457...,'  
confused

Great , I'm looking forwards to hearing and seeing how it all comes along .
Dave C

Very nice, good luck with them  
Grandma Bodger

looking forward to your posts bees are something I know nothing about
brummie nick

There was a very interesting programme  on the BBC recently Martha Kearney introduced it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01t6p8s
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I watched that it was very interesting.
VEG

I only wanted 2 hives I now have 15 and showing no signs of stopping at that lol
Gareth

brummie nick wrote:
There was a very interesting programme  on the BBC recently Martha Kearney introduced it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01t6p8s


The Master Bee keeper featured in that series: John Everett of Applebees is one of my mentors, and lives just 5 miles or so down the road from here.
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I only started Beekeeping last year and together Keith and I now have 20 hives between us.
sod

Great to see and like others we be looking forward to more
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Hi All

I dont want to bore you with a load of pictures, but I thought this one was a good one of a drone, the one on the left with the big eyes, alongside the worker bees.


VEG

I never get tired of pics of bees  
confused

You will never bore me with pics of something I know nothing about , each one is a learning curve ! thanks
Digindeep

confused wrote:
You will never bore me with pics of something I know nothing about , each one is a learning curve ! thanks


Ditto....great pic by the way  
sod

agree they are fantastic to watch
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First inspection

My first inspection of the girls.
A couple of frames for capped brood and a couple of frames for capped honey and the queen was still in the hive, a good result all round.



sod

thanks they look great
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The Queen

Hi all
2nd inspection today, alls still looking good. Got a pic of the Queen, blue pen marks in the middle of the picture (It should be Red for 2013) & lots of capped brood.

Captain_Dingbat

I'm so jealous....all that honey!

We thought about going on a course and having a couple of hives but after having chickens stolen from the horse field, I have no doubt someone would swipe any hives we have there too. Can't have them at home purely because my 16 year old son would freak out!

Oh yes, for all his boldness, he is terrified of bees!  
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Feeding the girls a little sugar water, that bottle was full 1/2 hour ago.

All is still going well, lots for brood and eggs

sod

We are jealous too would love the honey but so much red tape here now  
VEG

That type of feeder can cause robbing as they can leak, can I ask if you have a super on?
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Hi
Ive put a super on today the brood box is getting filled up. I was told to feed them while there are building comb.

Paul
VEG

I only ever add a super when there is 7 or more frames of brood (not bees).
You say the brood box is getting filled up do you mean with the syrup or brood. If you feed too much you can end up restricting the amount of room the queen has to lay.
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Got 7 frames of brood. Theres not much honey stores.
Lorrainelovesplants

great photos!
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First super is now full of honey,  just put on the 2nd super this morning.
We also bought another hive last week. Collected my new colony of Buckfast bees last night in a noc. All transfered first thing this morning into the new hive. Got it done just before the rain started. Ill post a pic later.

Paul
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The new double beehive setup, the stand was make from an old pallet and scrap wood.  All painted with pet friendly paint. I was impressed with my efforts in particular the new landing boards.

Lorrainelovesplants

That looks really good.  Ive removed all my landing boards as they offer a platform for the woodpeckers to sit and eat the bees as they land.
Dave C

Looking Very good pal  

And nice pics
Gareth

That is a very nice looking set up there, and it is very similar to the one that I have adopted for our hives....... the two (it will be 3 and 2 nucs next week) we have in the garden, and the 24 Keith and I have scattered about Norwich.  

If I may, I would like to make an observation or two comparing set ups................. and I have absolutely no intention of offending here.

At a guess, my stands are about 6-8 inches/15-20cm higher than yours, so that they are at the height of the middle of my thigh..........and my stands could be at least another 4 inches high to make hive handling even easier.

Like you I have 2 hives per stand, but my stands are a hive's width longer. This is so I can have a hive positioned at either end, but when I am working the hive I also I have enough room in the middle to place supers and boards at a convenient height without having to bend down and place anything on the ground.

I notice you have slats running the length of the stands, none of my stands currently have slats, but I will be installing some this winter, and they will be crossways leaving at least a 2 inch gap between the slats. That is because my stands have been designed to have brood and super frames temporarily, safely and conveniently across them while I work the hive.

On the right hand hive, the reversible Mouse guard/travelling gate can be clearly seen. All of our hives now have these fitted and they are available from Simon The Beekeeper

Lorrainelovesplants

TBH not a great year for me with the bees - started out really good and allowed the black bees to swarm.  They did and went into a willow tree 20 ft from the hive.  Collected and housed in new hive.  Then another small swarm - did the same.

I have a problem now that there are no queens in both the new hives, so have combined one weak colony with the original - this went okay, and will now a few days later have to do the same with a strong but queenless colony.
I think the problem has been the swallows taking the queen on the mating flight.
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Gareth wrote:

At a guess, my stands are about 6-8 inches/15-20cm higher than yours, so that they are at the height of the middle of my thigh..........and my stands could be at least another 4 inches high to make hive handling even easier.




The stand height is 50cm at the bottom of the hive, this height was set by the size of the wood i had available to me at the time and nothing else. 2 x 100cm planks cut in 2 as simple as that. The slats in the top, this was an old pallet, it had hole for ventilation so I left them on. This was supposed to be a temporary stand until I made a better one but im so impressed i think it should be good enough for a few seasons. No complaints from the bees yet.  

Paul
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Borrowed an extractor this weekend, and filled the jars tonight we got 16 jars in total.
This is from the bees we got in May this year, we must be doing something right.

sod

BB that looks wonderful We have just run out of honey we get from a friend so  now have to wait for next season 'have bigger order in this time'  
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First inspection of the new beer yesterday, there doing very well by the looks of things.
There was lots of brood and honey stores.

Pic 1 Building on a new foundation
Pic 2 One of the middle frames
Pic3 Spot the Supersedure cell (old I hope)
Pic 4 The Queen









Gareth

I've just spent all day yesterday, and 5 hours today with Keith and we have opened and treated 36 hives: 24 ours, 4 mine, 4 Keith's and 2 we have inherited for next season and 2 we are doing as a favour to a friend who's daughter is very ill. Earlier this week we checked all 36 hives over for the usual: Queen right, brood in all stages, stores and room, etc. and yesterday we began the treatment for Varroa mite, this year we are using Maqs strips as Keith had great success using these last year and he managed to get 50 strips at a knocked down price because the expiry date on the packs was today; 6th Sept 14.

The Maqs strips are very easy to use, literally all you do is place a queen excluder over the brood box, put the Maqs strips onto the queen excluder over the frames, and then place an empty super and the roof over that, open the entrance to the hive fully, and leave it for a week.

When we remove the used Maqs strips next week, it will be time to start thinking about the winter feeding campaign.
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Bored today so I liberated a pallet and made a new double hive stand.


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