Archive for April 2015

Foundation Purchase

I am in need of some foundation and wondered if anyone else was also looking to buy some in the near future and would like to consolidate their purchase with mine. I usually buy from Maisemore who offer discounts for orders over £100 (10%) or £200 (25%) with free shipping for orders over £200. My requirement is just short of £100.

Undiscounted prices taken from website (excluding shipping but including VAT):

Wired Deep (per 10 sheets): £9.40

Wired Shallow (per 10 sheets): £5.94

Wired 14×12 (per 10 sheets): £15.98

Thin Unwired Cut Comb Shallow (per 10 sheets): £4.19

If you are interested please email.

Apiary:26th April-Queen Cells

Good turnout with 19 attendees.
Weather dry but cold 11C @14:30.
All 8 hives were inspected. General continuation of spring build-up.

Queen cells in 3 hives no swarms.
All but 3 of the queens were seen.
Varroa Drop Counts continue to be low (<3 per day) in all but Hive#6
Brood increasing in all but Hive #5.

Hive#1

Inspected by: Liz H
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep under 14×12)
Queen (Yellow/2014) seen
Deep.
No Queen Cells
9 frames with brood suffering from chalkbrood
3 frames with stores
Room ok
14×12
11 foundation frames
Supers: 1
Redeployed shallow brood box as super over Queen excluder
8 frames with stores
Varroa Drop Count: 0/7
Temper:8

Hive#2

Inspected by: Hilary H
Audience level: Bee Basic
Brood Chamber Deep under Shallow under 14×12 Foundation)
Queen (Green/2014) seen and clipped.
Deep
>10 Queen Cells
7 frames with brood moved 2 shallow frames from deep to shallow brood replaced with
3 frames with stores
0 empty drawn frames but room to lay.
Shallow
Redeployed super
2 frames with brood, from deep see above.
? frames with stores and/or room
14×12
Foundation frames
Supers: 1
Varroa Drop Count:9/7
Temper:7

Hive#3

Potential Queen Rearing hive.
Inspected by: Richard W
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Double Deep)
Queen (Green/2014-Clipped) not seen.
Lower Deep
3 Sealed and 1 unselaed Queen Cells removed
9 frames with brood in all stages with eggs, donated frame and nurse bees to Hive#4
2 frames with stores
1 empty drawn frame.
Upper Deep
2 Unsealed Queen cells removed
6 frames with brood.
4 frames with stores
2 frames room
Supers: 1
7 frames with uncapped stores
Varroa Drop Count:2/7
Temper:10

Hive#4

Inspected by: Anne B
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Frames aligned ‘warm’ way.
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Deep
No Queen Cells
6 frames with brood, added 1 frame sealed brood with nurse beesfrom hive #3.
3 frames with stores
Room for laying OK.
Super: 1
Varroa Drop Count:5/7
Temper:10
1 bee dissected to check for nosema – appeared OK, tan coloured ventriculus

Hive#5

Inspected by: Brian H
Audience level: Novice
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood all stages  including eggs, all larvae segmented, pearly white and curled.
3 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Varroa Drop Count:0/7
Temper:9
Hope to  supplement with emerging brood and nurse bees next week.

Hive#6

Inspected by: Dave P
Audience level: Beginner
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Deep
No Queen Cells
8? frames with brood
2? frames with stores
1 ?empty drawn frame
Shallow
No Queen Cells
2? frames with brood
8? frames with stores
1? empty drawn frame, room to lay OK
Supers:2
Varroa Drop Count:27/7
Temper:9
Put shallow frame in deep box to allow drone culling next week.

Hive#7

Inspected by: Peter R
Audience level: Beginner
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen.
Lower Shallow
1 Queen Cell removed
5 frames with brood and eggs, centralised
2 frame with stores
Room OK
Upper Shallow
No Queen Cells
6 frames with brood, centralised
4 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
New box added above queen excluder
Varroa Drop Count:0/7
Temper:8

Hive#8

Inspected by: Peter R
Audience level: Beginner
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
7 frames with brood, no eggs seen.
4 frames with stores
Room for laying OK
Supers: 1
Varroa Drop Count:1/7
Temper: 7

23rd April

A Trustee Visit took place on Thursday 23rd April which saw the construction of the second spare equipment rack.

– Brad Davis, Fred Whetnall, Richard Williams

 

Apiary:May Outlook

Following the first two meetings of the season things are looking generally fine in the apiary. There are a couple of hives that are lagging and will continue to be monitored and their condition hopefully improved during May. Initial varroa drop counts are low but will continue into May.

KThe re-introduction of 2 14×12 hives is the prime objective for May. Swarm prevention will be coming to the fore alongside encouraging our chosen colony to produce queen cells. A good supply of workers will be required to support the resultant queens if we are successful not to mention the production of a good honey crop. Current build up is generally good and will hopefully continue along with the fine weather and a sprinkling of rain to keep the nectar flowing.

Attendances have been good but we would still like to see more members! Please let us know how we can tempt you. Details of each meeting are given on the website. Debbie Burton, our Seasonal Bee Inspector will be checking over our colonies on 10th May – a definite date for your diaries.

– Brad Davis, Fred Whetnall, Richard Williams

Rape in bloom!

Driving away from the Association Apiary last sunday (19th April) I could see patches of yellow in the distance in fields bordering the A272.  Now the fields are in full bloom as they have been around Clanfield for the past week.  If your bees are within flying distance add supers!

Apiary:19th April-Fine But Chilly

Good turnout with 22 attendees.
Weather on the chilly side but fine between periods of cloud cover 12C @14:30.
All 8 hives were inspected. General continuation of spring build-up.
All but two of the queens were seen.
Initial Varroa Drop Counts all low (<3 per day)
Brood increasing in all but 2 hives (#4 & #5).

Hive#1

Inspected by: Liz H
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep + Shallow)
Queen (Yellow/2014) seen
Deep.
No Queen Cells
9 frames with brood
3 frames with stores
Room none
Shallow
Redeployed super as brood box
11 frames have stores
Varroa Drop Count: 0/7
Temper:9

KHive#2

Inspected by: DaveP
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen.
No Queen Cells
9 frames with brood
3 frames with stores
0 empty drawn frames but room to lay.
Supers: 2
Additional super added
Varroa Drop Count:16/7
Temper:?

Hive#3

Potential Queen Rearing hive.
Inspected by: Richard W
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Double Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen and clipped.
Lower Deep
No Queen Cells
9 frames with brood in all stages with eggs, donated frame to Hive#4
2 frames with stores
1 empty drawn frame.
Upper Deep
Box of foundation frames last week all drawn.
Box replaced as no runners.
2 frames with brood, moved from lower deep.
0 frames with stores
10 frames room
Supers: 1
10 frames with uncapped stores
Varroa Drop Count:0/7
Temper:10

Hive#4

Inspected by: Anne B
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Shallow under Deep)
Frames aligned ‘warm’ way.
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Shallow
No Queen Cells
0 frames with brood
4 frames with stores
8 empty frames
Deep
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood, added 1 frame sealed brood from hive #3. Generally low on bees.
7 frames with stores
Room for laying OK.
Varroa Drop Count:5/7
Temper:10

KHive#5

Inspected by: Brad D
Audience level: Novice
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood all stages  good number of eggs, some chalk brood, all larvae segmented, pearly white and curled.
3 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Varroa Drop Count:6/7
Temper:9

Hive#6

Inspected by: Tom B
Audience level: Basic Assesment
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Deep
No Queen Cells
8 frames with brood, small amount of sacbrood
2 frames with stores
1 empty drawn frame
Shallow
No Queen Cells
2 frames with brood and eggs some pepper potting
8 frames with stores
1 empty drawn frame, room to lay OK
Supers:2
2 supers of drawn comb added
Varroa Drop Count:26/7
Temper:8

Hive#7

Inspected by: Peter R
Audience level: Beginner
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen.
Lower Shallow
No Queen Cells
4 frames with brood and eggs
2 frame with stores feeder empty and removed
Room OK
Lots of adult drones
Upper Shallow
No Queen Cells
6 frames with brood
3 frames with stores
Room OK
Varroa Drop Count:1/7
Temper:8

KHive#8

Inspected by: Peter N
Audience level: Beginner
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
6 frames with brood, no eggs seen.
2 frames with stores
4 empty drawn frames
Supers: 1
Varroa Drop Count:8/7
Temper: 9

– Brad Davis, Fred Whetnall, Richard Williams

April – blooms bursting as I watch!

In the last couple of days the verges and fields round here have turned white and golden with daisies and, my favourite spring flower, dandelions and the woodland edges have a haze of blue forget-me-nots and bluebells.  Amelanchier, local to the Lower Greensand, is fighting for notice with the pear trees in the orchard and our laurel, once a tidy hedge now twenty feet high, is about to get in on the act.  The bees are spoilt for choice!

Bee Forage mid April

The difference in forage between March and April is dramatic.  In the cold grey windy days of mid March blackthorn and pussywillow were struggling to bloom  then Easter brought sunshine and suddenly the hedgerows are a mass of white and pale cream.

Gardens are a mass of spring blooms with the flowering current, the signal that hive inspections should begin, in full flower.  Goosberry, one of the early bee-crops, is just bursting and yesterday my damson tree turned white.

The first weekend of April was the first pollen-sampling time for those taking part in the CSI Pollen project.  With the traps on for just 24 hours, the bees had collected between 1/4 and 1/3 of a half-pound jar of pollen.  nine different pollens, four of them making the bulk of the sample.  The bees are certainly busy!

Apiary:12th April-Season Starts

Excellent turnout with 31 attendees enjoying sunny if a little windy weather 13C @14:30.

All hives were inspected, winter pest guards removed, undersupers removed and varroa drop inspection boards inserted.

All hives laying and all but one of the queens were seen.

Four hives making a good start (>5 frames brood) remaining four hives not yet building up (<4 frames brood).

12th April 2015

Hive#1

Inspected by: David P
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Yellow/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
6 frames with brood some chalk brood
3 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Temper:8

Hive#2

Inspected by: Liz H
Audience level: Beginners
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
7 frames with brood
2 frames with stores
2 empty drawn frames
Supers: 1
Queen excluder added along with empty drawn super.
Temper:8

Hive#3

Potential Queen Rearing hive.
Inspected by: Richard W
Audience level: Beginners
Removed feeding eke, fondant all gone.
Brood Chamber (Double Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Lower Deep
No Queen Cells
9 frames with brood in all stages with eggs
2 frames with stores
1 empty drawn frame.
Upper Deep
Added box of foundation frames
Supers: 1
Added queen excluder and redeployed undersuper as super.
10 frames with uncapped stores
Temper:10

Hive#4

Inspected by: Richard W
Audience level: Beginners
Floor covered in dead bees, floor replaced
Brood Chamber (Shallow under Deep)
Frames aligned ‘warm’ way.
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Shallow
No Queen Cells
0 frames with brood
6 frames with stores
6 empty frames
Box (castellated) replaced, defacation on tops of frames.
Deep
No Queen Cells
2 frames with brood in all stages with eggs some chalk brood.
10 frames with stores
Room for laying OK.
Temper:10

Hive#5

Inspected by: Brian H
Audience level: Novice
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen and remarked.
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood some chalk brood, pepperpot pattern
4 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Added queen excluder and redeployed undersuper as super
Temper:10

Hive#6

Inspected by: Brian H
Audience level: Novice
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
Deep
No Queen Cells
7 frames with brood and eggs some pepper potting.
4 frames with stores
Room OK
Shallow
Redeployed undersuper
No Queen Cells
7 frames with brood and eggs some pepper potting
3 frames with stores
Room OK
Temper:9

Hive#7

Inspected by: Hilary H
Audience level: Basic Assessment
Fondant all gone. Fed with 1.5l medium syrup (1:1) in rapid feeder.
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen.
Lower Shallow
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood and eggs
1 frame with stores (low on stores)
Room OK
Upper Shallow
No Queen Cells
3 frames with brood
1 frame with stores (low on stores)
Room OK
Temper:10

Hive#8

Inspected by: Hilary H
Audience level: Basic Assessment
Brood Chamber (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) seen.
No Queen Cells
2 frames with brood and eggs
5 frames with stores
Room OK
Supers: 1
Added queen excluder and redeployed undersuper as super
Temper: 10

– Brad Davis, Fred Whetnall, Richard Williams

Apiary:10th April-Gardening

Apiary trustee gardening visit by Fred Whetnall and Richard Williams