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Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 07 11:00 pm    Post subject: Bee successful!  Reply with quote    

We took forty pounds of honey off our beehives the day before yesterday! It was only two super's worth and very late in the season; but given that we've done virtually nothing with them since we got them in February, we are both really, really chuffed. We've now shut them down for the winter, put in the apiguard and tomorrow I am going to feed them.

We got four hives in February and had five swarms from them at the beginning of April which in retrospect really weakened them. We lost one hive completely during the wet summer and now have two strong and one weak hive. We took a super each off the strong hives.

Our plan for next year is to try to build up the colonies, and to look for somewhere else to keep a couple of them; they are really a bit close together for comfort and the garden is a bit too small for four hives of busy bees on hot summer days ...

Here are some pics, mouse-over for description:

Beehives just arrivedArvo collecting one of the swarmsExtracting the honeyJar of honey
Yay!

sean
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 07 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Congratulations. What's the wheelbarrow for in picture two?

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35904
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 07 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ah, well ... our two options to catch them, were

a) put the box in the tree over the bees and try and smoke them up in to it - or
b) put the box under the tree on the ground and hit the branch with a hammer and hope they all fell in to it.

Both of them were quite difficult to do because of the way the ground sloped away and because I was so fat I couldn't get in to the only other bee suit we possessed at this point. So we were using the wheelbarrow to kind of wedge the boxes and the brooms up.

Oddly, of the five swarms, three of them chose to hang in this tree ... the first one Arvo caught by method a), the second one I caught by method b) and the third one I pretended I knew nothing about when it flew off down to the village; I was here on my own and past the tree-climbing stage of pregnancy.

FiddlesticksTim



Joined: 28 Dec 2004
Posts: 104
Location: West Oxfordshire
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 07 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well done!

Tim

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 07 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well done Chez - Did you take off all the honey the hives had or did they have more than one super each ?

I didn't think you could feed this late in the season - because the temperature needs to be high enough for them to process the sugar

What are you feeding them ? - Asking all these questions as I need to take off the Thymol treatment tomorrow and if I think they need feeding I'll give them some

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 07 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We left one super on one hive, that had two - the other one only had one. The brood chamber was pretty heavy though. I'm not sure about feeding now, I thought it was okay - I will need to check because I'm in trouble if that's the case .

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 07 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent post Chez, well done

pookie



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
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Location: Mid-Wales
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 07 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That very jar of honey is now sitting in my larder, it is delicious too!

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 07 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pookie, you can do my advertising .

I have taken some advice from my Bee Guru (aka my mum) and she says that it IS a bit late to feed them - BUT because it's warm, they are still working and it should be okay. I am just off to do it now, before the weather breaks ....

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 07 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Chez - I'm going to go and have a look at mine and give them a bit of a feed if they need it

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