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Beekeeping Information

It is well known that if you ask a 10 beekeepers how to do something you are likely to get 10 different answers. Some things such as hive cleanliness and being disciplined in keeping apiary records are pre-requestisite for good bee husbandry. In these sections we will try to provide some insight into the methods we have used in our apiaries in the hope they will be useful.

Varroa Treatment

As soon as the honey crop is removed, it’s time to start thinking about treating the colony for varroa mites. We use Apiguard on most of our hives and this should be used outside the period of major nectar flow, as Apiguard can taint honey. The external temperature should be above 15°C (60°F), …

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The Beekeeping Year

The following list is an example of a beekeeping year for people in UK latitudes. MONTH ACTIVITY January Check roof and entrances of hives for blockages by leaves or snow February Check hives for food, feed as necessary. Keep inspection time to the absolute minimum March [list_item]Change/clean floor[/list_item] [list_item]Continue to …

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Beekeeping Equipment Checklist

If you are thinking of taking up beekeeping, then our equipment checklist is the place to start! Check out the checklist below… a list of basic equipment to get you started in this fantastic hobby! Checklist We recommend that you also join a local beekeeping association and gain knowledge from …

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How Many Bees in a Hive

How many bees in a hive? A hive will contain around 70,000 bees during mid summer. There will be 1 queen, 250 drones, 20,000 foragers, 30,000 house-bees, 5,000 to 7,000 eggs, 7,000-11,000 larvae and 16,000 to 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

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