- Jan 8, 2020
- Reaction score
- Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- Several but expanding...
Decided to extract a couple of supers as i'll be a champion bodybuilder if I had to keep lifting those off for each inspection! Very light straw coloured honey and a nice taste, i'm guessing mostly OSR? Water at 17.5% according to the refractometer.
40lbs in total and customers already clamouring for honey.
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Any idea of main taste of OSR? The honey is very liquid, easy to decant and has shown no sign of crystallising yet (extracted on Wednesday) and only one comb out of 20 showed signs of it setting in situ. Think it might be partly not wholly which I hope makes a difference!If OSR be aware it will set solid, fast.
OSR smells a bit cabbagy ... very bland taste. Not everyone likes it ... I'm not that keen on it personally. TBH yours does not look like OSR honey to me ....Any idea of main taste of OSR? The honey is very liquid, easy to decant and has shown no sign of crystallising yet (extracted on Wednesday) and only one comb out of 20 showed signs of it setting in situ. Think it might be partly not wholly which I hope makes a difference!
Think test frame again James to check. They’re living longer as if no brood to tend they don’t ‘wear out’ as quicklyInspections at my home apiary today were curtailed by sudden torrential rain. I really don't know what to make of one of my colonies though. I suspected it was queenless at my first inspection this year and I'm not seeing any reason to believe otherwise now. They've also gone from relatively placid to really quite feisty. No headbanging or stinging, but a few followed me for fifty-odd yards from the apiary until I got irritated and squished them.
The odd thing is that there are really still quite a lot of bees in the colony whereas I'd expect to have numbers dwindling quite significantly by now given that I believe they're all over-wintering bees.
I'm a bit pushed for time tomorrow and Friday, but I'm tempted to make one more inspection to see if there's anything I can have missed. Perhaps a separate thread is a better choice for discussing options there.
Oh that's good news. Not at all cabbagy in taste and definitely not bland so hopefully a mixture of spring stuff!OSR smells a bit cabbagy ... very bland taste. Not everyone likes it ... I'm not that keen on it personally. TBH yours does not look like OSR honey to me ....
So the mystery is solved I think. A swarm turned up same day at a local school (a very short flying distance from here and the direction they headed in). They then left a day later and landed in someone's garden in a large bush. He didn't do anything for two days (by which time they'd been soaked by a thunderstorm) and I got a call from the local warden asking me if I could collect them. Needless to say, before I could do anything, they swarmed off again so who knows where they've ended up!So…… my lovely neighbours (who’s fence backs onto my hives) sent me a video as they thought my bees were swarming at 9.30am. He said they swirled around for a few minutes and then left!
Which has left me perplexed.
Hive 1 was a split from the 9th which I introduced a new queen to today and knocked down some sealed EQCs before I did so. No open QCs. Before that, no QCs.
Hive 2 was the other half of the split - double BB - (they balled & killed the queen after I had touched up her paintwork despite leaving her in the cage on top of the frames while it dried - about 5 minutes).
They had charged QCs on 12th (nothing sealed) so left a few of the best to make up nucs this week.
Hive 3 had been split on 2nd as we’re making swarm preps. Knocked down all sealed & unsealed QCs except best one and put Q in a nuc. QC hatched on 12th. Have been left to get on with it.
Nuc - Q still there, quite full but no QCs.
So how could any of them have swarmed? Nuc is the only Q+ box.
Any ideas anyone? Was it even my swarm? Or a mating flight??
Poor weather bodes well for lots of swarms in a few weeks though.Inspected three of my hives today. 2 are overwintered mongrel NUCs I bought ( which have a lovely temperament ) and they are flying. Each due another super during the week. The other is the AMM swarm I caught 2 weeks ago who also have impressed with the amount of foundation drawn, the queen is now laying and has a lovely brood pattern and will be getting a super tomorrow to keep them busy.
I have lots of scout bee interest in my bait hives today, the next few days don't seem too promising weather wise in this part of the country so not sure I'll get full time lodgers this week.
Most of those are drones.Is it normal to get approx a handful of dying or dead bees at the hive entrance a week? It looks like they can't make it
inside rather than being kicked out and takes a long time for them to die. Can't recognize any disease or reasons.
Am new so wonder if there is reason to worry or not.
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