Archive for the 2018 Category

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.