07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
This month in the hive

July 2020

I find it hard to believe but with colonies now at their peak in numbers, the season is on the wane! Weekly inspections need to continue but the swarm impulse should diminish; though do ensure plenty of space for any nectar flow over the coming months. Any artificial swarms should be monitored for build up and colonies with raised queens should be watched to ensure the queen is properly mated. The way this season has gone there could be a sudden flow, requiring empty supers for space; or a...

June 2020

The season is in full swing now. Weekly inspections should be the norm; ensuring any signs of swarming can be dealt with to avoid nuisance to the public. Allow plenty of space (so put supers on early to cater for any flow). If you have Rapeseed Oil near your hives then extract the honey so soon as the flowers fade in the field to prevent it setting solid in the comb. Health and build up should be monitored and that queens are laying normally.

May 2020

The active season underway; weekly inspections should be done to ensure colony build up, that the queen is laying, the colony has stores (in which case fondant can be removed),there is space (add supers early), all is healthy and seems right for the time of year. Mouse guards can be removed. Watch for drones appearing in the colony and then be aware of any swarm preparations (have nucs or spare hives ready). The Oil Seed Rape is coming into flower (fields turning yellow) so have supers...

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