Archive for August 2017

No Wednesday 16th August Apiary meeting

Meeting deferred until Sunday 20th August to allow for Varroa treatment of all hives together

No Wednesday 9th August Apiary meeting

Apiary Meeting 6 August 2017

Weather warm 20 degrees.  Objective of meeting was to review supers ahead of extraction next Sunday (13 August, 2pm at Petersfield Community Centre).   Each colony left with 1 super for stores.  Surplus supers placed over clearer boards with Porter Bee Escapes.  Varroa check.

Hive #1 – 1 full super to extract.   Varroa = 48.

Hive #2 – No supers to extract.  No varroa board.

Hive # 2A – No supers to extract. No varroa board.

Hive #3 – 2 x deeps.  Brood inspected in top deep only.  Unmarked Queen seen and marked Yellow.  A lot of stores in top deep but limited stores in supers.  High level of deformed wing and uncapped brood with dead larvae, suggesting high levels of varroa. Varroa count = 107.   6 frames to extract.

Hive # 4 – No supers to extract. Varroa = 21.

Hive # 6 – ?

Hive #7 – ?

Hive # 8 – additional super left under Clearer Board to create room for high number of bees.  Varroa not recorded.

Apiary Meeting 30 July 2017

Weather sunny 19 degrees.

Hive #1 – inspected by Mel. 14 x 12. Queen not seen – small number of eggs and young larvae. 2 supers each 50% full. Varroa = 30.

Hive # 2 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive #2A – Wednesday inspection.

Hive # 3 – inspected by Liz & Julia. 2 x deeps. Queen not seen. No QCs. Brood and stores OK. Removed wax moth and reduced entrance due to wasps. Varroa = >50.

Hive # 4 – inspected by Graham. Queen seen. Brood on 6 frames. 1 super. All OK. Varroa = 5.

Hive # 5 – not inspected.

Hive # 6 – Wednesday inspection.

Hive # 7 – inspected by Graham. Queen not seen but brood in all stages. 2 supers (top) could be extracted.

Hive # 8 – not inspected as charged QCs waiting to emerge.

Wednesday 2 August Apiary meeting canceled due to rain

Apiary Meeting 26 July 2017

Weather cloudy with some drizzle. 17 degrees.

Hive #2A – inspected by Tom. Brood in all stages on 6 frames. Small amount of sealed drone brood. Old marked Queen seen, not new Queen. 2 frames of stores. 7 frames of stores in super, assessed by weight, not inspected.

Hive #2 – no records. Not inspected.

Hive # 6 – no records. Not inspected.