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Apiary now closed until springtime

The Apiary Custodians have closed the Apiary for the season.  There will be no more Sunday afternoon Apiary meetings this year.  Many thanks to all who attended during the season, your help caring for the Association colonies is much appreciated. Watch the website for the 2019 Apiary cleaning Sunday.

Apiary Records 27 May 2018

Weather 20 degrees and sunny.   New deep foundation frames made – enough for two brood boxes.

Hive #1 – not inspected as colony creating new Queen.

Hive #2 – recently emerged queen seen.  1 capped Queen cell remaining.  No eggs or larvae yet.   Space for stores but consider adding a super next week.  Ideally need to replace old brood frames.

Hive #3 – Last inspected 20 May.  Super added.  No eggs.  Queen not seen.   Supercedure cell in the super.    Destroyed all but 2 supercedure cells in the brood box – 1 sealed and 1 unsealed.   Leave for two more weeks.   Wax moth larvae.

Hive #4 – Queen & eggs seen.  Added deep above QX to create drawn comb.  Top super ready for extraction.

Hive #5 –  4 open, charged Queen cells.  No eggs – bees unhappy.

Hive # 6 – 3 queen cells – 1 emerged.   1 removed.  Super added.

Hive #7 – Queen seen.   Removed dummy board and added new frame. 1 super full.

Hive #7A – 1 x deep.  Split from #7 on 13 May.   Queen  not seen.  Several queen cells knocked down.  Removed frame with QCs.

Hive #8 – Queen seen.  1 queen cell, knocked down.   5 frames of brood in all stages.

Nuc #2A – 2 queen cells capped.  Leave for three weeks.

Apiary Records 6 May 2018

Weather sunny and warm 24 degrees.   Inspections (except #7) not undertaken last week due to poor weather.

Hive #1 – inspected by Rowan.  14×12.  Queen seen Brood on 6 frames and plenty of stores.  Moved empty frame inside pollen barrier.

Hive #2 – inspected by Anne.  Double brood.  Queen seen.  Brood on 7 frames.  Frame of eggs and brood moved to #5.

Hive #3 – inspected by Peter R.  Single Deep.  Queen seen.  Brood on 6 frames.   Brought super below crown board.

Hive #4 – inspected by Hilary.  Double brood.  Queen seen.  Brood on 5 frames in Deep 1 and 6 frames in Deep 2.  Plenty of stores and room.  Chalk brood and sac brood seen – marked affected frame with ‘?’.  Frame 5 in Deep 2 set aside as drone trap.

Hive #5 – inspected by Hilary.  Brood + half.  Queen not seen.  2 charged queen cells (frame marked X) but no brood.   Removed the two queen cells.   Although two frames had been added from #7 two weeks ago, the cells are likely to be from the failed queen rather than the new frames.   Further frame added this week from #2.   If this fails then consider combining the colony.

Hive #6 – inspected by ?   Double brood. Queen not seen.  9 frames of brood in top Deep, 7 in bottom Deep. Plenty of stores and room.  High proportion of drone brood in bottom Deep.  Consider removing next week.

Hive #7 – inspected by Brian. Double brood.  Queen seen.  14 frames of brood – 10 in bottom Deep and 4 in top Deep.  Plenty of room and stores.  Foundation added last week had been drawn on 4 frames.   1:1 syrup added.

Hive #8 – inspected by Liz.  Double brood.  Queen not seen.  5 frames of brood on Deep 2, 2 frames on Deep 1.   Drone brood on Deep 2 removed.  Consider splitting next week.

Apiary Records 29 April 2018

Weather very cold and windy – max 8 degrees.   Colonies not inspected.   Second brood box added to #7 to provide more room for Queen to lay.   One drone brood (super) frame added to top brood box.  Two frames moved up from bottom brood to top brood to encourage building out.   Feed of 1:1 syrup added to encourage drawing of foundation.

A practical demonstration was provided, showing how to make an Asian Hornet trap.


Apiary Records – 22 April 2018

Weather 20 degrees, sunny and breezy.   First full inspection of the season.  To achieve consistency and understanding of the colonies, each will be allocated to one experienced beekeeper and a number of new beekeepers, who will remain with the colony for each inspection.

Hive # 1 – inspected by Rowan & Martin.  14 x 12.  1 super.   Queen seen.  Brood on 6 frames and plenty of stores.  4 play cups knocked down.

Hive # 2 – inspected by Anne.  Double brood.  1 super.  Queen seen.  Brood on 6 frames and plenty of stores.  QX added.

Hive # 3 – inspected by Peter R.   Single deep.  1 super.  Queen seen and marked blue – quite small.   Brood on 5 frames.  Super left above crown board to encourage brood to be built out within Deep.

Hive # 4 – inspected by David P.  Double brood.  1 super.  Brood on 10 frames, 5 in bottom Deep and 5 in top Deep.    Had been considered for Queen Rearing but discounted in favour of #6.

Hive # 5 – inspected by Graham.  Single Deep + half.  Brood scattered and minimal.  Leave for one week.  If no improvement, cull Queen.  2 frames of brood added from #7.

Hive # 6 – inspected by David P.  Queen not seen.  6.5 frames of brood in top Deep.  5 frames of brood in bottom Deep.   This colony will be used for Queen Rearing.

Hive # 7 – inspected by Brian.  Single deep below super and eke.  Queen seen and marked Red (2018).  Brood on 8 frames.  Plenty of stores in Deep.   Super empty.  Corrected inverted floor.   Two frames of bas removed and placed in # 5, to create space for brood.

Hive # 8 – inspected by Liz.  Single deep.  1 super.  Queen seen.   Brood on 11 frames.  Additional brood box added to create more room for laying.  Frame of bas taken from bottom Deep and placed in top Deep.

Apiary Records – 18 April 2018

Weather 24 degrees and sunny.   Brief mid-week inspection following two weeks of bad weather.   First full inspection to be undertaken on Sunday 22 April.

Hive # 1 – 14 x 12 Deep.  Queen seen, marked yellow.  Brood on 6 frames.  Sufficient stores.  QX and Super added.

Hive # 2 – Double brood.  Queen seen, marked yellow.  Brood on 6 frames.  Sufficient stores.   Queen placed in bottom Deep.  Consider as possible colony for Queen Rearing.

Hive #3 – Deep + half.  Brood on 4 frames in Deep.  Moved 2 feet to new position as very close to Hive #2.  Queen seen.  QX and crown board added.  Super placed above crown board.

Hive # 4 – Double brood.  Brood on 10 frames, 5 in bottom deep and 5 in top deep.  Consider as possible colony for Queen Rearing.

Hive #5 – Single deep.  Queen not seen.   2 charged queen cells removed.  QX on.

Hive #6 – Single deep and super above eke.  Brood on 4 frames.   QX added.  Keep feeding with 1:1 syrup.

Hive # 7 – Single deep and two supers.  Queen seen.

Hive # 8 – Double brood.  No record.


Apiary Meeting 15 October 2017

Weather unusually warm >20 degrees.  Bees flying and bringing in pollen.

Acetic acid treatment completed and pads removed.  Entrance blocks out in place but due to warm weather and high activity levels, mouseguards not yet placed.  Woodpecker guards put around hives.   Under-supered hives 2, 2A, 4, 7 & 8, i.e. all hives except 14×12 or double brood.

Last apiary meeting of the year.

Apiary Meeting 6 October 2017

Apistan strips removed.  Acetic acid treatment on brood boxes and supers.  Checked for stores and replenished where necessary.

Apiary Meeting 20 August 2017

Weather 20 degrees and cloudy.  Varroa treatment (Apistan) undertaken on all hives, including new beekeepers’ hives.
Batch 1609203035.  Expiry 10/2019.

Hive #1 – inspected by Richard.  Queen seen, still with damaged abdomen but continuing to lay.  Brood on 5 frames.  Some deformed wing virus and wax moth.  One wet super removed. Varroa = 50.

Hive #2 inspected by ?  Three emerged queen cells. No young brood.  Knocked down 4 queen cells.  Wet super not cleared and being re-filled.  One super of stores.

Hive # 2A – inspected by Mel.  2 x brood boxes.  Apistan applied to bottom brood only – brood on 6 frames.  Queen seen in bottom brood. Some sac brood.

Hive #3 – inspected by Mel.  2x deeps.  Queen not seen.  Brood on 4 frames.  Plenty of stores in top deep.  Varroa = 32.

Hive #4 – inspected by Anne.  Queen seen.  Brood on 6 frames. One capped queen cell. One uncapped queen cell in supercedure position (did not remove).  One uncapped queen cell removed.  4 frames not drawn, one moved to encourage drawing.

Hive # 6 – inspected by Anne.  2x deeps. Queen not seen. Brood in top box.

Hive #7 – inspected by Brad.  Queen not seen. Evidence of bald brood, chalk brood and parasitic mite syndrome.

Hive #8 – inspected by Liz.  Queen not seen.  Wet super being re-filled. Moved frames with stores below crown board.  Varroa = 29.

Observation hive – inspected by Rowan. Queen seen. Brood in 3 frames. Evidence of sac brood.  Suggest may not be suitable,Emma’s observation hive.

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.