Archive for the 2017 Category

Apiary Meeting 25 June 2017

Weather cooler 20 degrees after long hot spell.
Hive #1 – inspected by Liz & Mel. High amount of propolis. Queen seen – appeared to have damaged abdomen. However, eggs seen on two frames. Ability to raise Queen cells if needed. Some Deformed Wing Virus. Swapped supers 2 & 3 to encourage filling of stores. Varroa = 48.
Hive #2 – for Wednesday inspection.
Hive # 3 – inspected by Rowan. Double brood. Colony had been left for 3 weeks for queen to emerge and be mated. Mating successful as small Queen seen, with 2 frames of brood in bottom deep. Each super 25% full. Varroa = <5. Hive # 4 - inspected by Liz & Mel. Queen seen. 4 frames of brood in all stages. Frame inserted into brood cluster last week beginning to be filled. Further frame added. Varroa = 3. Hive # 5 - inspected by Anne. Colony had been left for three weeks for queen to emerge. Queen not seen. 2 frames of brood, mostly drones. 2 Queen Cells. Leave for a further 3 weeks. Hive # 6 - for Wednesday inspction. Hive # 7 - not inspected and leaving for 3 weeks for new queen to emerge. Hive # 8 - inspected by David P. Queen not seen. 9 frames of brood in all stages. 3 supers. Removed 3 queen cells and placed empty half brood under Queen

Apiary Meeting 18 June 2017

weather very warm and sunny – 28 degrees.
Hive #1 – inspected by Richard. Queen not seen. No Queen cells. 4 frames of brood in all stages. Need to mark Queen when found. 2 supers nearly ready for extraction. Varroa = 2.
Hive #2 – for Wednesday inspection.
Hive #3 – not inspected as waiting for queen to emerge. Varroa = 5.
Hive #4 – inspected by Liz & Rowan. Queen seen. 4 frames of brood. Moved frame of drawn comb inside brood cluster to encourage laying to edge of brood box. Only 9 frames. Varroa = 0.
Hive #5 – not inspected as waiting for queen to emerge.
Hive #6 – for Wednesday inspection.
Hive #7 – inspected by David P. Queen had been destroyed the previous week, as aggressive colony. 2 queen cells seen. Leave for a further 3 weeks.
Hive # 8 – inspected by David P. Second attempt at queen grafting unsuccessful. Moved all frames to bottom brood box. Queen found and marke

Apiary Meeting 11 June 2017

Weather sunny and windy – 20 degrees.
Hive #1 – inspected by Richard. Queen not seen but laying well plenty of brood in all stages. Some bald brood. Some old brood moved to edges, to be removed later. Plenty of stores and room.
Hive #2 – left for Wednesday inspection
Hive #3 – not checked as QCs being left for three weeks (from 4 June). Next check 25 June.
Hive #4 – inspected by Peter. Brood in all stages on 3 frames. Moved drawn foundation nearer to brood. Found small Queen and marked White. Plenty of stores and room. Varroa count nil.
Hive #5 – not checked as being left for QCs to emerge and queen to be mated. Next check 18 June. Varroa count 15.
Hive #6 – left for Wednesday inspection.
Hive #7 – inspected by Mel. On brood + half but only top brood box inspected as bees very angry. Brood on 11 frames. Queen found and destroyed. Leave for three weeks. Next inspection 1 July.

Apiary Record 28 May 2017

Weather cooler, following very warm spell. Rain and storms forecast. Objectives of the session were to make up an Observation Hive for display at Harting Festivities on 29 May and for new Beekeepers to check progress of their nucs. Hives 3 and 8 inspected, with varroa checks on all hives.

Hive #1 – not checked. Varroa = >100.
Hive #2 – Wednesday inspection.
Hive #3 – inspected by Richard and Liz. Double brood with 3 supers. Queen not seen. Knocked down all but two Queen cells – one capped and one open. Varroa count = 17.
Hive #4 – not checked. Varroa count = 14.
Hive #5 – not checked. Next inspection due 11 June (leaving for 3 weeks). Varroa count = 13.
Hive #6 – Wednesday inspection.
Hive #7 – not checked. Varroa count = 5.
Hive #8 – inspected by David P. No Queen cells drawn since last week. Brood emerging. Eggs seen in top brood box but queen may not be mated. Swapped brood boxes around so queen can fly for mating. Needs frame of eggs. High varroa count >130.

Apiary Record 24 May 2017

Hives 2, 2A and 6 inspected by Liz. Weather warm and sunny.

Hive #2 – Varroa count = 4 (board inserted 3 days ago). Good temper.
Hive #2A – No varroa board. Dounble brood. 1 emerged queen cell with flap still present. Mesh floor had been placed upside down – now corrected. Good temper.
Hive #6 – Varroa count 60+ (board inserted 3 days ago). Lots of larvae but no eggs seen. Good temper.

Apiary Records 21 May 2017

Weather warm and sunny, 20 degrees. All hives inspected except 2 & 6 which are reserved for mid-week inspections. Varroa boards added.
Hive #1 – inspected by Richard & Liz. 1 sealed queen cell. No eggs or larvae. Frame with QC moved to #5. Top super has frames to extract.
Hive #3 – inspected by Richard & Liz. Queen found and marked white. Removed to Nuc. 4 frames taken to extract. Evidence of Deformed Wing Virus.
Hive #4 – inspected by Anne. Should have been left for 4 weeks with next inspection on 28 May. Leave for a further 3 weeks.
Hive #5 – inspected by Mel. No evidence of Queen. Many supercedure cells (frame 9 had 9 cells). Removed additional half brood and placed above Queen Excluder. Leave for 3 weeks.
Hive # 7 – inspected by Graham. Brood in all stages. 2 deep frames of brood removed for Nuc and replaced with indrawn foundation. If Queen not found next week, consider putting bees through QX. Possible use 2 frames for show.
Hive #8 – top brood box had frame of eggs added from # 6 as brood too old. Bottom box not drawn so possibly no Queen.

Apiary Record Sunday 14th May

Breezy, 18C  David Parkinson making Nuc Hives and initiating queen rearing.

Hive #1  Inspected by Richard Williams.  Good temper.   14×12 +shallow.  2 supers.   4 of 5 QC’s removed.  Sealed brood only. Sufficient space and stores.

Hive #3  Inspected by Liz Hawes.  Good temper.  2 deep.  3 supers.  Queen seen, not marked. 2 QC’s removed.  Sufficient space .

Hive #5  Inspected by Anne-Chantal Ballard.  Good temper. 14×12.  2 supers.  9 brood, eggs, 4 QC’s. Shallow added to brood.  QC’s & 1 framebrood removed to nucs.

 

Apiary Record 10th May

Sunny 20C

Hive #2  Inspected by Tom Blackburn  Artificial Swarm performed to create Hive #2a.

Hive #2 1 deep 1 super , queen marked blue, 2brood, 2 stores.

Hive #2a  2 deep, 2 sealed QC’s.Sufficient stores in deep

Hive #6  Inspected by Tom Blackburn.  2 deep, 6 & 7.5 frames brood 3 brood frames stores;  2 supers with limited stores.

Apiary Record Sunday 7th May

Sunny 17C .

Hive #1 Inspected by Liz Hawes.  14×12 + shallow.  2 supers.  Sufficient room & stores . Good Temper.  Queen not seen, swarm suspected. QC’s: 1 hatched, 2 torn down, 3 small, 2 good remaining.

Hive # 3  Inspected by Rowan Roberts.  2 deeps. 2 supers.  Sufficient room & stores . moderate Temper.  Queen not seen. 1 Queen cell removed to Nuc. hive, others destroyed.

Hive #4  Not inspected

Hive #5   Inspected by Rowan Roberts.  14×12. 2 supers.  Sufficient room & stores . moderate Temper.  Queen seen. 9 frames brood.  Bias.  Drone trap moved to brood edge.

Hive #7  Not inspected

Hive #8  Inspected by Phil Gurney. 1deep + shallow. 1 super.  good temper. 9 deep, 1 shallow brood, 1 torn down QC.  no eggs seen, young larvae.  Stores in brood only.

Hive # 9    Inspected by Phil Gurney. 1 deep . 1 super.  good temper.  No eggs, little larvae.  Poor condition, Sac brood.  Little stores, little feed taken.  Graham Rowden took Decision to destroy

 

 

Apiary Record 3rd May

Cloudy, cold & turning wet.  Quick inspection of Hive#2; very brief of hive#6 Tom Blackburn leading.

Hive #2    2 deeps with 4 brood in each.  Unsealed QC removed. 1 super with 9.5 stores.  Space.

Hive #6  Deteriorating weather, bad tempered bees.  Stores only inspected, 4 frames.