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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Only a very quick tidy up today as I haven't managed to save enough energy since last inspection to do a thorough job. The bees have started to get quite a lot of honey capped in the supers which is...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Now that the queen should be emerging in the extra hive I made during the Artificial Swarm it is time to unite it back with the original hive. I had fun finding with the search for a queen, I cut a...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    I removed all but one queen cell in the colony that was split off the second hive during last weeks artificial swarm. I put the remaining queen cell in a cage so when I unite it back with the second...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    After receiving good advice that the colony that produced the swarm cells, queen cells that have eggs + royal jelly/larvae in them, could swarm at any moment we rushed to perform an artificial swarm...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    We found the queen we added dead outside the hive that suffered supersedure so we must have either missed a queen cell or a queen had already hatched. Today's job was to find that rogue queen and...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Yesterday we went through the hive that had lost its queen and, hopefully, got rid of all the queen cells. That way there shouldn't be any queens to usurp the Buckfast one we added today.
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    After a thorough inspection of both hives we find that the original queen has died. There were capped queen cells and no visible uncapped brood so she must have popped her clogs at least a few days...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Today we checked up on the new queen to see if she was laying yet. We found uncapped brood so she was, which means the split has been a complete success.

    The new hive was quite a bit weaker then...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    We split our hive in two. The original was very strong with lots of bees, brood and honey. Everything went well with the bees being as calm as normal even though we were wrecking their old home. :p
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    I do my second oxalic acid vaporization treatment today and talk about some how to use one with a polystyrene hive. In particular I found that it's a bad idea using a vaporizer below the varroa...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The bees have overwintered really well and look to be building up to a good number. I am planning on splitting the hive in late April so I am very pleased with their progress!
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    There is a lot of honey in the brood box now so the winter preparation is going well. The number of bees is well down now, few enough that I was able to take the last super off.

    I took out the...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    We have just finished our first honey harvest. In total we got 76 jars with an average weight of 355g. Not bad for a first year that started with a package of bees at the end of April!

    I know I...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    I recruited my dad to help lift the supers off so I could save my energy for the brood inspection. While he was doing that he weighed the supers. Right now we have, very roughly, 5 stone (31kg) of...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Thanks for that! :D

    Should be only 1 or 2 vids more before my very first honey extraction, can't wait!
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The honey in the first super is almost fully capped now. The second is filling up well and the third is already in use.

    The queen still seems to be laying at full speed. I had read that she should...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    I went with Buckfast and they are proving to be really gentle and very productive!

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    My new hobby is starting to test my energy reserves thanks to the heavy supers full of...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The first super I put on the hive is heavy enough that it must be almost full of honey. I stuck another on a couple of days ago and that already has lots of bees in it drawing out the comb.

    The...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    We did a hive inspection later in the day today and found loads of bees. Part of that is due to up to 14,000 more bees having been born since last week, but there will also be more because there...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    We inspected the hive during the day when there were a lot of bees flying around. That wasn't an issue though as they are very well behaved, so well behaved that my nephew felt comfortable standing...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The bees were their usual laid back selves, so much so I didn't need to use any smoke at all. We saw the bees building up comb and doing wiggle dances but we didn't manage to spot the Queen. I'm not...
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The sun popped out briefly today so I did a quick inspection using my new camcorder. The hive is doing great, a lot of bees have emerged from their cells and new eggs have been laid in many of them....
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    Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Just did an inspection to find that the Queen has been very busy. It's been 19 days since the Queen was released from her cage and there is already a load of sealed brood. Fingers crossed for a honey...
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    My back garden beekeeping

    I've always liked bees, even though I got stung 30+ times when I was a child and stood in a wild beehive :p, and have just got my first beehive. It's in my back garden as I don't have the energy to...
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    Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    I would love to see some evidence that dark coloured hives are hotter then light ones. There are plenty of opinions one way or the other but I haven't managed to fine any actual evidence for either...
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