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  1. #21
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    Default 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 the old one so I also took the opportunity to take a frame of capped brood from the old, strong, hive and put it into the new one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gscgnksIH0U

  2. #22
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    Default 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 ago.

    I've ordered a new queen which will arrive in two or three days time. When she turns up I plan to go through the queenless hive, kill any emerged queens and destroy any remaining queen cells and introduce the new queen in her cage.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5JUpjGDYMg

  3. #23
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    Default 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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxb6HCk6UBg

  4. #24
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    Default 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 catch it so I can order a new Buckfast queen to keep our stock the friendly bees we love.

    A surprise was waiting for us in the second hive: swarm cells. So now we have to work on a swarm prevention plan for that hive unless they change their mind after I put on a new super for extra space and removed the existing swarm cells.

    This year started with a runaway varroa issue, went to supersedure and a failed re-queen and now is on to swarming. It's harder work, I've cut back on everything I can to save energy for the extra inspections, but it is also interesting and is what beekeeping is all about.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMeMnXaFSgg

  5. #25
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    Default 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 to head that off. Hopefully that will stop their swarming impulse and get them back on track fetching our honey!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlmTaB7auE4

  6. #26
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    Default 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 hive I won't have to search for her, though I am going to have a good look anyway in case I missed any cells this time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ0rY0e9lqs

  7. #27
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    Default 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 LOT of searching from the vid , but it all worked out in the end.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKA-J08Mqdg

  8. #28
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    Default 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 nice to see. I'm going to feed the honey from the brood frames I took off back to the bees and then render the wax down as the frames are getting old now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JybQhgVX6PQ

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