Archive for August 2015

Apiary:30th August

Two notable achievements at this meeting: a) all colonies have now been checked for brood disease – and passed b) all queens have now been marked. 1-1 Syrup feed was provided to the following hives after the last meeting:  #4, #9, #10 & #15H. Additional feed was provided at the meeting as per the following notes. Most of the ‘wet’ supers put on at the last meeting were removed having been cleaned by the bees. It was noticeable that any whiff of honey within the apiary or indeed in the car park and store resulted in close attention from bees and wasps. Lack of experienced beekeepers meant some hives were not inspected.

Weather: Cloudy, 17C

Hive#1

Not inspected this meeting but ‘wet’ super removed fully cleaned.

Hive#2

Not inspected this meeting but 2 ‘wet’ supers removed fully cleaned.

Hive #3

Inspected by: Liz H
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen (Unmarked/2015) seen and marked Blue.
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood (eggs and larvae)
0 frames with stores – needs feeding
room for laying OK
Supers: 1
‘Wet’ super removed fully cleaned
Temper:9

Hive#4

Inspected by: Mel E
Brood Chamber: (Single Deep)
Queen (Green/2014) not seen
0 queen cells
5 frames with brood including eggs
Brood Health Check: OK
5 frames with stores – fed with 1:1 syrup
room to lay OK
Supers: 1 – super marked as hive being fed
Temper:8

Hive#5

Not inspected
‘Wet’ super removed – being used to store nectar put over #15/B

Hive#6

Not inspected

Hive#7

Inspected by: Richard W
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow):
Queen (Blue-2015 & Clipped) seen
Top Shallow
0 queen cells
5 frames with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Bottom Shallow
0 queen cells
1 frame with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Supers:1
‘Wet’ super removed fully cleaned
Temper:9

Hive#8

Not inspected

Hive#9

Warre Hive
Inspected by: Brad D
2 Boxes:
Top Box
Queen (Unmarked/2015) seen and culled – Drone Layer
0 queen cells
3 frames with brood including eggs. All sealed brood drone.
5 frames with stores but total stores low
All frames checked for removeability
Bottom Box
Top bars only
Topped up contact feeder with 1l 1:1.
Unite with one of nucs at next session.
Temper: 9

Hive#10

Not inspected

Nucleus #15B

Inspected by Richard W
Single Deep:
Queen (Blue/2015) seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood some sacbrood
2 frames with stores low
room for laying OK
Added ‘wet’ super from Hive#5 over crownboard
Temper: 9

Nucleus #15F

Inspected by Jon M
Single Deep:
Queen (Unmarked/2015) found and marked Blue
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood
0 frames with stores – Needs feeding
4 frames with room for laying
Supers: 1
Moved from Hive#8
Temper: 9

Nucleus #15H

Not inspected

Nucleus #15J

Inspected by: Brad D
Wooden Nucleus
Queen (Blue/2015) seen, actively flying
0 queen cells
1 frame with sealed brood
1 frame with stores
1 drawn frame with room and 2 foundation frames
Queen not originally seen, started dismantling nucleua when she arrived. Probably too late for her to successfully mate but left till next session just in case.
Temper: 10

Apiary:16th August

Following on from the Main Flow extraction, which resulted in 84lbs of jarred honey, the main focus of this meeting was to check the brood health of at least 50% of the hives prior to autumn varroa treatment; check adequate stores following the abrubt end to the summer nectar flow and return the ‘wet’ supers to their respective hives for the bees to ‘clean-down’. Drones disappearing fast!

Weather: 20C, fair.

Hive#1

Inspected by: Liz H
Brood Chamber (14×12):
Queen (Blue/2015) seen
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood in all stages
9 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Supers:1
consolidated down from 2
Temper:8

Hive#2

Inspected by: Liz E
Brood Chamber (14×12):
Queen (Blue/2015) not seen
0 queen cells
8 frames with brood
stores OK
room for laying OK
Supers: 1+1
consolidated down from 2
Temper:8

Hive #3

Inspected by: Liz E
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen (Unmarked/2015) not seen
0 queen cells
1 frame with brood (eggs and larvae)
stores OK
room for laying OK
Supers: 2
Temper:9

Hive#4

Not inspected

Hive#5

Inspected by: Brad D
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Rationalised down from 2 deeps. Queen excluders separating deeps and beneath bottom deep removed
Queen (Green/2014-Clipped) seen Unmarked queen in same deep moved to new nucleus 15/J
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood including eggs, 3rd frame used to make up nucleus 15/G.
Brood Health Check:  OK apart from a little bald brood
9 frames with stores OK 10th frame used to make up nucleus 15/G
room for laying OK
Supers: 2+1
Temper:9
Nucleus 15/J:
wooden box sited on top of Hive#5 (entrance reversed) to facilitate re-uniting if queen proves drone layer.

Hive#6

Inspected by: Richard W
Brood Chamber (Single Deep):
Queen(Blue-2015) seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
Brood Health Check: OK apart from some chalkbrood and wax moth damage
4 frames with stores
3 frames with room
Supers: 2
Temper:9

Hive#7

Inspected by: Peter R
Brood Chamber (Double Shallow):
Queen (Blue-2015 & Clipped) seen
Top Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Bottom Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
stores OK
room to lay OK
Supers:1
donated other super to Hive#8
Temper:7

Hive#8

Inspected by: Peter R
Brood Chamber (Shallow over Deep):
Queen (Blue-2015) not seen
Shallow
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
0 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Deep
0 queen cells
6 frames with brood
0 frames with stores
room to lay OK
Supers: 2
including super from Hive#7 25% full
Temper:9

Hive#9

Warre
Not inspected

Hive #10

Long Top-Bar
Inspected by Peter R
Queen seen
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
0 frames with stores – Needs feeding
6 seams of bees
Temper: 9
1 frame needs comb repairing

Nucleus #15B

Inspected by Liz H
Single Deep:
Queen (Blue/2015) seen
0 queen cells
brood in all stages
stores low
room for laying OK
Temper: 8

Nucleus #15F

Inspected by Richard W
Single Deep:
Queen (Unmarked/2015) not yet found
0 queen cells
4 frames with brood including eggs
0 frames with stores – Needs feeding
4 frames with room for laying
Temper: 9

Nucleus #15H

Inspected by Richard W
Polynuc:
Queen (2015) found and marked Blue
0 queen cells
2 frames with brood including eggs
1 frame with stores – Needs feeding
room for laying OK
Temper: 9

Apiary: 2nd August

What a contrast,  last week it was cold, wet and windy, this Sunday was warm and sunny and the bees were out enjoying themselves.  It’s a shame that there were only 7 of us to enjoy it.  The bees were on their best behaviour, and we finished at around 16:30. Thanks again to Pippa for a welcome cup of tea at the end.

Weather,  Hot and Sunny.   no wind.    21 C.

Hive # 1   

Inspected by Liz H

Brood chamber ( 14×12)

Queen found at last and marked Blue

0  queen cells

2 frames of brood ( reducing from 8) all stages but not much young brood.

3 frames in the 14×12

room to lay ok

supers 2  but not enough to extract

Temper 9

entrance reduced with fern to allow guard bees to repel large number of wasps around.

Hive #2

Inspected by Mel

Brood chamber 14×12

Checked 3 supers only.

#1 empty but starting to draw,

#2 drawn and starting to fill

#3 full and put above cleared board with porter escapes. They worked ok and no bees left next day.

Hive#3 

Inspected by Richard W

Brood chamber:   Deep

Queen not seen. possibly absent but frame of eggs put in on 7/6 not used to make an emergency queen cell, so possibly a virgin queen still around.  Will use one of the mating Nucs if nothing seen on the next inspection.

No eggs or larva, but still a few sealed brood.

stores ok

1# super  quarter full

Temper:  10

Hive #4

Inspected by Brad D

Brood Chamber: 2 Deeps

Queen seen in bottom deep

2 taken down in bottom deep

4 frames brood

room for laying ok

Super#  1  filling

Temper: 8

Notes: Top deep full of stores, so put above Rhombus clearer board and taken off for extracting next day. clearer board worked ok with only a few bees left.    Entrance also reduced.

Hive#5

Inspected by Mel

Brood chamber #  2 Deep

Queen not seen

no queen cells or brood

plenty of stores and room

Temper : 8

notes: Top deep put under bottom deep

Hive#6

Inspected by Richard W

Brood chamber:  1 Deep

Queen seen and repainted as very faded.

No Queen cells

5 frames of BAS and new eggs

4 frames of stores

2 frames of room

supers : 2  S1 three quarters full,  S2  quarter full.

Notes:  Some (10 +) chalk brood found on brood frames.

Temper: 10

Hive#7

Inspected by Mel

All Super hive. –  only supers checked.

Top super full and put above Clearer board with porter bee escapes.  2nd super  three quarters full.

Temper: 9

Notes: –  Another problem with roof ventilation mesh missing, arrived next day to a robbing mass of bees. cappings and dead bees blocking the porter bee escapes.  Roof replaced and new Canadian clearer board put under.

Hive#8

Inspected by Brad D.

Brood Chamber: Shallow/Deep.  Not Checked

Supers#3   s3 undrawn, s2 and s1 checked and full frames moved to s1 for putting above Canadian clearer board.

Entrance reduced

Notes:  Canadian clearer board worked very well, with very few bees left.

Hive#9

Inspected by Liz H

Ware Hive,

QNS,  but no Queen cells

Brood all stages with day old eggs.

8 frames of stores

plenty of room

Temper : 10

Notes:  2 torn down queen cells located,  lot of wasp activity, entrance reduced by 50%

Nuc  15B

Moved another meter , Deep box, making up nicely.

5 frames Brood all stages and new eggs, stores ok and still room.

Nuc  15F

Housed in Deep,  5 frames of Deep, building up ok BAS and new eggs, but queen not seen

stores and room ok

Temper: 8

Poly Nuc     still going – frames of BAS and new eggs.  QNS

 

Nuc 15 D  and  Nuc 15 G       Both shaken out as no brood or eggs, so queenless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apiary:August Outlook

July saw the Apiary colonies settle down into foraging mode. We plan to stage another extraction session at the Petersfield Community Centre in order to process the fruits of their labours. This is currently pencilled in for Sunday 9th August and will be confirmed on the website along with timing. Learning from the last session we plan to have teams of 3 or 4 processing a super through decapping, extraction and bottling with the teams staggered through the session. Your assistance in helping with the production of the Association’s honey harvest would be warmly appreciated if only for an hour.

The Wednesday afternoon Apiary meeting was not held due to minimal interest.

Sunday Apiary meetings will move to a fortnightly basis in August please see the website for dates. We now have onsite secure storage at the Apiary, see separate item. Tasks to be undertaken in August include Varroa treatment and Disease Inspection subject to any late or continued honey flow. The new beekeeping year starts now!

A vacancy still exists for an Apiary Trustee for the New Year. This role really does need to be filled to keep your apiary functioning. If you have any interest in the possibility of fulfilling the role please contact a member of the committee or one of the existing Apiary Trustees.

– Brad Davis, Fred Whetnall, Richard Williams