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Wallington hive swarmed in early May and I though I had lost the virgin but today I saw 3 frames of brood in all stages. nike huarache It pays to be patient.

Battersea hive number 1 is doing very well though they are a bit aggressive. nike femme pas cher Lots of brood. Nectar in the supers but not capped yet. fjallraven kanken uk Lots of pollen in the super too which is unusual. nike magista No queen cells

Hope Queen’s Park is doing OK. nike requin Haven’t had a chance to look yet.

Battersea Number 2 started as a weak colony but is expanding. Fjallraven Kanken Big Marked the queen the other day.

Queen’s Park bees

Smoker and hive in Queen's Park

Smoker and hive in Queen's Park

We were being filmed for AFP by Leon – the camera man and at the same time I was also giving advice to a recently started beekeeping couple so I was hoping the bees would behave. nike air max femme And they did. nike cortez They were so sweet. Fjallraven Kanken NO.2 We had a good look around and not one bee stung anyone. nike internationalist soldes It was a lovely sunny day so that helped. basket nike tn Hopefully will get a photo or two to put up on the site.

The shame was there was no honey for us from this hive this year. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Sale The bees have some but I will leave that for them.

Urban beekeeping in the news

One our pupils who came on a taster course earlier in year, nike air max 1 was featured by AFP as a new breed of London beekeepers. nike roshe run 2017 Jon told the reporter that a one day course on urban beekeeping had set him on the right path.

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Our course in September went down really well.

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“Just a note to say thanks so much for yesterday, chaussures nike femme 2017 it was great! I really enjoyed the whole day – the information, the lunch and meeting the bees. Fjallraven Kanken UK It was lovely to meet you too!”

“Just wanted to say thanks again for Sunday. nike air max 2016 I’ve been reading my bee books again and it all makes much more sense now. I was interested in keeping bees before but am now definitely planning to make a start next spring.

Added wet frames this morning.

After harvesting a super of honey I gave the bees back the empty wet frames for them to lick clean. nike magista I did this first thing this morning which sent the bees into a frenetic buzz looking for the source of this amazing food. nike chaussure This meant loads of foragers went looking for it outside the hive. nike kwazi It took them about an hour to realise that the food was not outside the hive but inside the hive above the clearing board. nike air tn During that hour I had hundreds (or so it seemed) of bees checking out the porch, nike roshe run kitchen,

Friday, April 4th, 2008- Battersea Bees – London

It was a lovely day today so we took the opportunity to do some spring cleaning on the Battersea hive.
We had wintered this hive with a brood and a half and I wanted to give this hive a new set of brood frames to give the bees the cleanest start to this year) so the bees would have some energy food to start drawing out the foundation ready for the laying queen to get on with her laying.
Opened the hive and found that everything was looking great. Lovely calm bees and that distinctive smell of a fresh honey bee hive.
I wanted to find the queen and temporarily separate her from the colony so that I could work on the colony without risk of harming the important queen. nike air max 90 Found her quickly, caged her and dropped her into my pocket to keep her dark and warm.
Split the super from the brood and had a quick look through to see that all was in order. It was pleasing to see everything in ship shape. nike air max flyknit 2017 Lovely spread of brood, pollen and honey stores
I left the old brood at the bottom and on top of that put the new brood box with some frames of new foundation. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Sale These boxes were separated by a queen excluder. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Big I then shook of the bees from the super into this new brood box and replaced the queen into the mix. nike air max 90 femme 2017 On top of all that I put another queen excluder and a super box with some frames of their honey.
I wonder what she must be thinking since before I arrived today she had loads of places to lay and suddenly I come along and place her in a new home with no wax cells available.
Can she stop herself laying at such short notice?
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Once the hive was all closed up I cleaned up the garden and sliced off some of the chunk honey from the frames I had stolen from the super. As usual it was totally lovely.
The first of the Battersea honey for 2008. Fjallraven Kanken Mini Not enough to jar just yet but I think this year will be a good crop.
Didn’t have the chance to take photos today.

Saturday, March 15, 2008 – Shaking the bees

The temperature was steadily climbing all week and by the time Saturday came around it was peaking at 17 degrees so I decided to take the opportunity to do some Varroa control on the Queen’s Park hive.

I prepared a new floor, Kanken Kids UK brood box, Fjallraven Kanken Outlet new brood foundation, Fjallraven Kanken Big Sale a new cover board and some feed (sugar water). nike air max flyknit 2017 Once I had moved the hive away from its spot I put the new hive in its place and let the returning bees find their way into the new home.

Looking through the older hive I found the queen and caged her while I shook off all the bees from the old frames into the new hive. acheter chaussures nike When that was done I closed up the new hive, nike flyknit lunar marked the queen and let her find her way into her new home via the hole in the cover board.

Of course this drastic action kills off the brood that was in the old hive but what we gain in losses to the colony can be outweighed by the advantages of Varroa control,

Battersea hive and the drone laying queen

After yesterday’s inspection from the lovely man from the Central Science Laboratory it was discovered we had a drone laying queen in the WBC hive therefore the colony was on it way to certain death. Gladly though I had a nuc with a small colony of bees that I had recovered from a secondary swarm a few weeks earlier and was therefore able to use to give new life to the failing WBC hive.

To combine the two hives I took all the contents of the nuc including the queen and placed them into a super on top of the brood box of the WBC separated by a sheet of newspaper. nike air huarache (I had previously taken out the drone laying queen). Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Mini Overnight the queens pheremone will spread throughout the combined colonies and hopefully the inhabitants will then happily live side by side. Basket nike 2018 The bees will tear away the paper until the workers are free to move between the two sets of frames.

This morning I had a look at the entrance and everything seemed to be normal. nike air max 2014 No fighting or dead bees.

Tomorrow I will find the queen and put her in the downstairs brood box and give them a feed. Mochilas Kanken Classic Hopefully there is enough time for the colony to expand in numbers before the autumn.

Queen in the super (cont…)

It all makes sense now.

The seasonal bee inspector paid us a visit today and shed some light on my little problem with the WBC hive. nike air max pas cher Turns out I have a drone laying queen which means she did not get to mate so lays unfertilised eggs. Comprar mochilas kanken The workers tear open the cells when they realise that the grubs are males and not females. nike air max 90 homme This will lead to a failed colony.

Fortunately for me I have a nuc with a healthy laying queen at the ready so I now need to unite the two colonies. nike air force 1 Not sure how I am going to do that since I don’t have enough lifts to put onto the WBC to accommodate a WBC brood box. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Will figure it out a bit later.

The drone laying queen was the queen I found in the supers after our holiday and I then placed downstairs. nike air max tavas It seems to be that I must have had 2 queens in the colony at the same time and the virgin killed her mum and was then trapped upstairs.

Queen in the super

Battersea – I was expecting a super full of honey but instead I got a queen in the super. nike huarache At least she is a laying queen proven by the brood over a couple of frames.

There didn’t seem to be many bees though so I reckon they swarmed when we were away on holiday.

I replaced a couple of the empty brood frames with the two of the super frames that had the brood on them and placed the queen back downstairs.

Queen in super again

We had the BBC Newsnight crew over today to film us talking about A World without Bees and they wanted us to open the hive to get some shots of urban beekeepers. basket nike air max I thought we would just go through the motions and open the super and see some honey and the brood that I put up there last week. Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack When we opened the hive we saw brood in all stages in the super. Kanken NO.2 UK This means that there is a laying queen upstairs – again. Fjallraven Kanken I don’t understand why and how she is getting through the queen excluder. nike air max pas cher Or maybe the hive has two queens.