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11 April 2015

11 April 2015

Peter 11/04/2015 0
Just a quick update on whats been happening this week.  Thought I'd firstly add an image of some double floors I'm trying out.  The idea being they will be easier to lift when I get fully organised in a year or so time.  Other than that not a massive amount happening with the holiday week. Only spent Thursday on the bees and that was just going through 20 or so colonies marking queens and assessing strength.  Did a small amount of equalising but mainly just doubling up on some strong colonies.  Most broods need another week or two before equalising.  There was a bit of a flow coming in even th...
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4 April 2015 Drones Seen !

4 April 2015 Drones Seen !

Peter 04/04/2015 0
4th April-Drones seen!This week has been a quiet week, feels like the calm before the storm.  Off with the kids so, with the weather being so poor hardly ventured out.  I did feed a site on Tuesday morning, couldn't get close, as the field was so wet, so finished off pushing a wheel barrow the last 100 yards.  The bees needed the feed as there's little or nothing flowering close to them.  Also managed to get round 3 sites on Thursday mostly just to heft and feed but did pop a queen down in the brood on one colony.  Drones were seen although only 3 and a small amount of drone brood so looks lik...
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28 March 2015

28 March 2015

Peter 28/03/2015 0
I've spent the last few weeks reading some good beekeeping blogs from Canadian beekeepers and thought it about time I started my own, if only so I can look back later with a critical eye.  So here goes.  I'm currently struggling with a bad back which isn't great as the season hasn't started yet.  My backs been poor for the last 30 years and I go once a month to the physio but it went over a week ago.  It did get me looking at boom loaders and pricing them up.  I had started thinking this way late last year so have started moving hives onto a two pallet system.  My plan is to get all my breeder...
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Breeding Commences !

Breeding Commences !

Peter 19/04/2014 0
We've commenced queen breeding/rearing, which ever you prefer.  Only managed one graft this week, grafting 33 larvae with 14 taking. Another graft will be done on Tuesday and I expect a much better take.Again not a massive amount of beekeeping this week.  Went round to see how the bees were doing.  Where I'd put on a second brood, the bees were in and the queens laying, I'll look to reverse those this week.  Reversing helps spread the brood nest and needs to be done on bees of the right strength.  If the bees have just come into the second box with the brood nest and you have capped larvae, yo...
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Drones

Drones

Peter 02/04/2014 0
Yesterday I have spotted drones in the mating yard.  This confirms our intention to start grafting next week  For those of you that have bees it means that swarm season has started!  I think we are unlikely to get any swarms yet but think some colonies could well be ready to swarm within the next 2 to 3 weeks.  I'm basing this on the weather in Yorkshire but do wonder what the warm weather in the South of the UK will be doing.  I would not be suprised to hear reports anytime!Its certainly time to make sure you've given big colonies enough room.I usually keep the first batch of queens to help b...
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Hive Formats

Hive Formats

Peter 17/03/2014 0
Just a quick note if you are interested in purchasing a nuc.  We do cater for most popular formats currently we run and produce National (that also fit WBC hives), Commercial and Langstroth. We don't do 14x12 national frames, however if this is your preferred option the bees will simply build brace comb on national frames to the desired depth (feel like I'm teaching Grandma to suck eggs with that one).  If you can state in your comments when purchasing and we can allocate from there.  We will verify your requirements when we contact you. Hope this clears up any confusion.  We will be adding to...
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Queen Rearing

Queen Rearing

Peter 15/03/2014 0
The weather has been incredibly mild and the bees are looking great.  We haven't gone through many hives but even the weakest of nucs is already laying on 2 frames.  If you have bees although they are now bringing something in there is still a starvation risk especially if the temperatures head south.  We have stated putting on boxes (large colonies will move honey to make way for brood) and are keeping our eyes out for signs of drones to start queen rearing.  Will be concentrating on Black Bees first with there ability to mate in lower temperatures.  Suspect we are still two or three weeks aw...
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.: Starvation Warning :. Issued By Defra

.: Starvation Warning :. Issued By Defra

Peter 14/03/2014 0
With the continued mild weather persisting past winter, it is possible that some colonies may be getting low on food reserves. This will be particularly true in warmer areas of the UK where brood may have been reared throughout the winter. If you have not already done so, now is the time to go out and inspect your colonies. Below are a couple of pointers to consider. • Information received from Regional Bee Inspectors suggests that in some areas, especially in the East of England; colonies in many apiaries are starting to become light. • Stronger colonies have been rearing small amounts of b...
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Package

Package

Peter 14/02/2014 0
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Honey

Honey

Peter 14/02/2014 0
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Nucleus

Nucleus

Peter 14/02/2014 0
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All Notify Requests have been moved

All Notify Requests have been moved

Peter 14/02/2014 0
Customers who used the option to be notified of stock availability on our old web site have had the requests moved into the new web site. You can if you wish re-send the request. If you used the same e-mail address, it will not be duplicated in our recordsWebmaster for Yorkshire Bees & Honey...
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