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Great start. I thought it worked very well though sorry to have missed the first part. I should have been there at the start but other things happened. Then I waited about 20 mins waiting to be granted access by the host. But I had the swallows to look at nesting in the stables – – – and a glass of Pastis.
Gary deserves a prize for best bait hive
Great tips David.
Must remember to take a garden fork with me. Would it fix on my tool belt?
last week I took absolutely everything with me to out apiary. Car jam packed. Except for only one thing like you – hive tool. So had to improvise with a pair of scizzors.
Have you had any success with the Bailey comb change for a weak colony?
The disadvantage is time really.
How do you deal with that situation? Do you nurture them, merge (if otherwise healthy), or Bailey comb change for weak colony?
A photo of some combe cut from aabove the crown board and left there for the bees to take down to the super which should have been put on earlier.16th April 2020 at 8:56 am in reply to: Why do bees like dirty water??? (Or is it just mine!) #2764
Same problem here. The bees like the muck heap (horse muck) and the goose’s pool which is quite green at the moment (goose departed a few months ago at a very ripe old age). They like drowning in this and the hens water bucket so I have to place twigs and floating items in them which helps. I now have a dedicated sheep trough with lots of floaty items which seems to be working, They seem to ignore our stream which runs along the bottom of the garden. As Chris says – – a good marketing ploy – – muck heap honey!
I have to admit that I was late with my first inspection. The bees confirmed that by building honey comb in the feeding eke which I then scraped off and left in place above the crown board over a super and QX. All creating extra work for the bees. Two colonies very slow developing and must decide whether to merge or perform Bailey comb change (for weak colony).Will check again this week.
But otherwise colonies doing fine. Two died early winter – one hive and one overwintering nuc.14th April 2020 at 9:29 am in reply to: News article in Metro magazine about economic impact of the Asian Hornet #2742
There were researchers at the National AH conference in February (held in Warwick conveniently).
There is hope yet that they might be able to do just that and also further work on pheromone traps. That is why we should ‘hold them off for as long as possible. Because once they become established it will be very difficult and expensive to deal with. Defra and the NBU will then not be able to cope ( a bit like the NHS and C19) and it will be up to pest control and private means to deal with nests.