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  1. ValMc

    Where is all the 'super' honey this year?

    All supers extracted now and it has been a good crop. No spring harvest and nothing much up until a few weeks ago when everything seemed to happen at once. Making winter preparations now, and even had to feed some colonies as the bees have eaten the honey filled supers that we left on, as...
  2. ValMc

    Sieve stand

    We use one of these but it means that the bucket can’t be filled fully as the bottom of the sieve/strainer sits in the honey as it approaches the top of the bucket.
  3. ValMc

    Sieve stand

    It’s the double course strainer that we use.
  4. ValMc

    Sieve stand

    Can anyone recommend a sieve stand which will hold the straining sieve above the honey bucket while extracting so that it doesn’t dip into the honey as it fills?
  5. ValMc

    Slow to cap honey

    Has anyone else noticed that the bees seem to be very reluctant to cap their honey this year? I have spoken to a few beekeepers in our area and they report the same as us, that the supers are full of nectar but the water content is still too high and there is no sign of capping taking place.
  6. ValMc

    Running out of equipment as bees are not capping supers

    In the last few weeks our bees have been bringing nectar and pollen back like here is no tomorrow - maybe they know something we don't!!! - but our problem now is that on most of our 12 colonies we already have 4 supers, the frames are full, but they are just not making any attempt to cap the...
  7. ValMc

    What colour to mark a queen in a swarm

    Simple question - if you hive a swarm with an unmarked queen, what colour do you mark her if you are using the WYRGB system?
  8. ValMc

    Bees are very grumpy

    The colonies in two of our apiary sites have 3-4 supers on. The third site we have fed today as they have eaten everything, including any fresh nectar brought in earlier this year when all the colonies were expanding at a terrific rate and we were having to double brood and supers full of stores...
  9. ValMc

    Bees are very grumpy

    We are finding that all our colonies are becoming very grumpy, they are eating all their stores, and although the queens are laying the brood nests are not expanding, and they are all producing queen cells so AS are having to be carried out. Anyone else experiencing a similar situation?
  10. ValMc

    Raising two queen cells using the demaree method and no queen

    We have an extremely strong gentle colony on double brood with four supers. If we remove the queen and put her in a nuc is it possible to split the brood boxes as though performing a demaree, with all the supers and queen excluders in between, and a separate entrance for the top box? The bees...
  11. ValMc

    Attacked by dogs so w hen would be the best time to move bees?

    The land owner where we keep some of our bees has started adopting rescue dogs from Romania. At the moment she has 12 and unfortunately they have developed the pack mentality and have started attacking us when we go to see our bees. The other week my husband was bitten by one of the dogs and...
  12. ValMc

    No stores whatsoever

    No not wasps, just a total lack of forage. It has been a terrible season here in Plymouth. We just took 36lb of honey off for the whole season from 11 colonies. Have been keeping bees for 10 years and we have never experienced a season like it.
  13. ValMc

    No stores whatsoever

    Just a quick warning. We left our bees 2 weeks ago with a super nearly full of honey plus a small feed of 1:1 on. Checked them today in one apiary and there are absolutely no stores whatsoever, either in the super or brood box. Needless to say we got feeds on very quickly. All four colonies...
  14. ValMc

    sugar price.?

    Tesco @ £3.15 / 5 kg bag. Just had 10 bags delivered with the shopping.
  15. ValMc

    2020 - is the consensus that its a bad year for beeks ?

    Got strong colonies but next to no honey.
  16. ValMc

    Displaying Photo in a honey show

    Someone recently asked me what is the best way to display a photo when entering in a honey show. I have absolutely no idea so any advice would be much appreciated so that I can pass the information on.
  17. ValMc

    6 Jars of honey stolen

    Obviously we are underselling our honey. Our New Year's resolution must be to charge more for our honey!!!
  18. ValMc

    Best before dates and lot number

    Surely if it is on the back, or on the base it is not in the same field of vision?
  19. ValMc

    Best before dates and lot number

    We were disqualified in our local honey show because we did not have the lot number and best before date actually on the label. What we had was “see base for best before date and lot number “ on the label, with a label on the base giving the required information.
  20. ValMc

    Best before dates and lot number

    This is just a general question and it has probably been asked before but where do you put your best before date and lot number, particularly if you are entering a honey show - a jar of honey for sale class.