Going forward

Activity with the hives slows down now. We’ll leave them alone until a fortnight’s time, when we’ll check the mite drop and insert the second Apiguard trays.

Then it’s moving  supers under the broods, checking stores, and feeding if necessary. Mouse guards will need to go on, and woodpecker protection too.

Still plenty to be done though.

Allyn Thomas and Peter Willoughby will be taking on the task of re-felting the shed roof. We also want to install guttering and a water butt or two. Grass needs to be removed from around the shed base to avoid the wood rotting. Help will be needed although it’s unlikely that this will be a Wednesday evening job!  Watch this space for details please.

The grass in the Apiary will need cutting and cuttings tidied away.

The Apiary needs a general spruce up, piles of hive parts at the back gate, and at the side of the shed need sorting through, cleaning and tidying, or disposed of if they’re past it.

Used equipment in the shed will need cleaning up for next season, so we are ready to go with clean floors and brood boxes in spring.  Again, watch this space.

 

 

Weds 9th August, continued.

Well, nine brave souls turned up, and the weather gods let us off the hook!

We removed just one super for extraction, better than nothing, and left some part filled supers for the bees. Empty, or nearly empty supers were taken off and stored for spring. The first trays of Apiguard were put on six hives. By the time we had got to the poly and Hive 1 we had run out of light, that corner being rather shaded. We decided that Pete and I would return the next day to sort them out.

The Langstroth colonies had united nicely, and Jackie oversaw combining the brood boxes into one large colony. They had little or no stores, so they were fed Ambrosia, which will need regular topping up for a time.

THURSDAY, 10th,

Pete and I returned and tidied up the Poly hive, and Hive 1, and put the Apiguard on those and the Top Bar. We also tidied up the shed having left it in a bit of a mess last night as it was getting dark.

Wednesday 9th August

One forecast says one thing, another says something else! One minute the sky’s “black as Old Harry’s nutting bag”, the next it’s bright and sunny!

Accordingly, We’ll say tonight’s meet is on, with the proviso that if it’s chucking it down when you’re leaving home, don’t bother!

Apiguard is on the menu.

Dick.

Thursday 3rd August.

At last the weather was kind (ish) to us, and a good turnout, considering the chopping and changing, were able to look at the colonies and take stock.

We are now looking towards winter preparation. The exceptionally dry weather has resulted in a very poor summer honey yield, after a reasonable spring crop. Only one colony, the WBC, has what could be called surplus stores, and it is likely that we will leave what honey there is for the bees. Any honey that they collect from now is theirs.

All colonies, with the exception of one of the Langstroths, are strong and queenright. The two Langstroth colonies were reunited with newspaper.

Next Wednesday we will remove redundant supers, move supers of honey that will stay with the bees under the brood boxes, and put the first trays of Apiguard on.