If you plan to put bees to the heather you need to strip any normal honey stores off them so that the supers have nothing but heather in
I assume your heather is mainly ling. The problem at Dunwich Heath on the east coast of Suffolk is that the bell heather continues in best-ever glorious bloom, since mid June, and the ling is just bursting bud. I've had one hive there since mid June and took a second a few days ago. Inevitably the honey will be mixed. It's a 75 minute drive each way so not easy to manipulate the supers.Or leave it on and have a blend if you’re not fussy. I’ve had lovely blended honey from a couple of forum members in the past. Bees weren’t on the moors but the moors were close. Still needs different extraction though.
That's an interesting link.
The brood boxes have good stores.Please don’t take bees to the heather with no stores. If the weather turns bad which it can often do. Large hives will starve very quickly.
I have more made up of foundation ( wired incase)They draw like hell on a good flow of heather, and if there is a good flow you'll probably need more than two supers for each hive
Just avoid putting thin foundation on if very warm / hot weather, if we get any in mid august, it collapses if very hot as v fragile, found from from bitter experience. Best to get drawn in ‘normal’ weather. Ling is just opening into flower in my area, flow should start in about 10 days.I have more made up of foundation ( wired incase)
But I would like some cut comb do you think 3-4 2 drawn and two undrawn ( thin unwired) would do?
So that's four for each colony?
Should you be posting where you’ve put them? Especially after somebody stole your bees earlier?View attachment 27475View attachment 27476View attachment 27477View attachment 27478
Just finished moving more colonys to St Mary's common, I'm moving more tonight..
Photos were taken half hour ago..... I'm buzzing...the Heather is looking lovely it rained last night but it's bogy ground anyway.