Bee swarm removal; Moving an established bee swarm

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Posted by admin | Posted in Beekeeping, Bees, General, swarming | Posted on 07-10-2012

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Bee swarm removal – an established swarm

Today was one of those picture perfect Autumnal days that are just a joy to be outside. Therefore it was the perfect day to try and move some bees – though late in the year, this was not just any old bee swarm but an established nest with combs to boot. It is not often that I will call in help and I tend to try to muddle on myself and making my own mistakes – which of course helps me learn. Bee swarm removal that has been in situ for 10-12 weeks however needs careful planning and thought. Read the rest of this entry »

What is a swarm of bees in August worth…..?

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Posted by admin | Posted in Beekeeping, Bees, General, swarming | Posted on 24-08-2012

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Such is the way with my busy life at the moment I am writing this at 6am as the sun is rising around me and the air is quiet. It is beautiful outside and I can just about see signs of life ticking over trying to wake up. Lovely to witness and I am reminded why I like getting up early every so often.

Anyway, yesterday I was called out to collect a swarm that had arrived 10ft up in a cherry tree…….in August?!? What is this year all about I ask myself. The old beekeeping poem doesn’t even mention August as you can see below!

A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay;

A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon;

A swarm of bees in July isn’t worth a fly.

So, I took lots of photos and videos and let me tell you the story of what happened Read the rest of this entry »

Should I blame the mother in law or the cat?

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Posted by Surreybeekeeper | Posted in Beekeeping, Bees, Inspections, swarming | Posted on 28-04-2011

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So my suspicions were confirmed, my bees did in fact swarm and I predict it happened roughly on Saturday. I went in finally on Monday and there were two sealed queen cells and no obvious sign of a queen (though some one/two day old eggs were definately there). Damn, that means that had I gone in on Friday I could have saved the situation!

So who should I blame……the mother in law or the cat? Let me explain Read the rest of this entry »

The work, life, beekeeping balance!

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Posted by Surreybeekeeper | Posted in Beekeeping, Bees | Posted on 23-04-2011

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So, it is all getting a little bit busy at the moment, work is building to a crescendo, the potty training of number one son is in full flow (not literally thank god), the weaning of number two son is moving messily along and then there is the bees…….with all this wonderful weather we are having it looks like swarm season is as early as the apple blossom (about three weeks early apparently)

How can I fit it all in….the answer sadly is that I can’t. The difficulty I find is that you can water the garden at 5.30am but you can’t really go in and see the bees. Knowing how grumpy I am at that time of the morning I wouldn’t dare open up a hive of probably 25,000 buzzy bees. Read the rest of this entry »

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