Archive for October 2016

Apiary Record: 25th September 2016

Putting the colonies to bed for the winter, checking that they have enough stores and that entrances are down to a minimum.   Still a bit too early for mouse guards and woodpecker protection.    Removal of Varroa treatment and varroa boards also undertaken.

Colony #6   was on a National deep, but we combined Colony #1, which was on a 14×12 several weeks ago.   We had put the 14×12 under the deep after the two colonies were united, to encourage  them to take up the stores in it,  but they thought  otherwise and pulled out the entrance block, gaining access to the main entrance and so filled it with stores rather than taking it up into the National Deep. We went through the National Deep and used any stores left to help one of the Nuc’s and then removed it, leaving just the 14×12 and a full super on top.

We also decided to under-super the colonies,   putting full supers under the brood box’s, to help them get at the stores in the cold months to come.   Removing all the Queen excluders  to clean them ready for next season.

Weather was Sunny to start with  17 Degrees C ,  but became overcast with a shower of rain towards the end.  No wind to speak of.

Hive #2   Inspected by Richard  W.     Apiguard and Eke removed, top super 3/4 full and lots of stores in 14×12 Deep. Qx also removed.

Hive #3  Inspected by Richard W.     Apiguard and Eke removed, stores a bit light but incoming Balsam nectar and ivy could fill.  check next time..  may need feeding if weather bad.

Hive #4  Inspected by Richard W.  Apiguard and Eke removed.  Full super put under brood box and another full super put above a clearer board to give (bee free) to a nuc ( 16 B).

Hive #5  Inspected by Peter Reader,  Apiguard and Eke removed,  Full super put under brood box and Qx removed.

Hive #6  Inspected by Graham Rowden,  Apiguard and Eke removed, bees did not lift stores up into National Deep, so left in 14×12, ND removed, frames of stores given to 16 C.

Hive #7  Inspected by Richard W.   Apiguard and Eke removed. Qx removed and full super left on top as this has two ND brood boxes.

Hive #7A Inspected by Peter Reader. Apiguard removed with Eke. All Shallow boxes.  Qx removed,  top super full.

Hive #8  Inspected by Graham Rowden,   Apiguard and Eke removed.  Under-supered.

Hive #15F Inspected by Graham R,  Apiguard and Eke removed.

Nuc #16B  Inspected by Graham R.  Brood chamber – National Deep. Queen still laying nice brood pattern, BAS,  Full super from hive #4 added under deep.  colony to be used again for observation hive at Blackmoor.

Nuc #16C  Inspected by Graham R.   Brood chamber -National Deep, Light on stores, so given Deep frames from Hive#6,   Rapid feeder put on with 1 ltr sugar 1:1