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So you have determined that your colony is queenless and you’ve purchased a new queen from a reputable beekeeper. The queen normally arrives in a cage with a few attendants and plastic closed end which can be opened and replaced with fondant, if they have already eaten the fondant which they have travelled with. The first thing to do is …
If you’ve gone through your colony and can’t find eggs or the queen how do you check its queenless before purchasing a new queen (from a reputable beekeeper)? This is where having a second hive comes in handy…….. Take a frame of eggs from another disease free hive – shake off the bees into the colony they have come from …
At the Family Gardening show today until Sunday-wonderful weather, great audience, very busy! Do come along….don’t miss this great event.
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Basic Assessment candidates who not only all passed their BBKA Basic Assessment BUT ALL received Credits! What a fabulous team of 18 students! The photo shows them as newbies the year previous. Looking forward to seeing some of you on the other intermediate classes soon.
The Queen had certainly done her job on this frame, filling every single cell with an egg, difficult to find a more complete frame of sealed brood!
Even a 3 year old can learn to dissect a bee. Here’s one Surrey Bees member, aged 3, dissecting a worker, under a stereo to view it’s legs, hairs, eyes and antenna up close.
The New Beekeepers of 2017 finishing their Theory Course. Now to go out in the field and the practical – hopefully putting what we’ve learnt into practise with their own colonies, at the training apiary, building them up over the spring and summer months to take honey off in August.
10th – Potions and Lotions – Beauty Products Workshop Take home Body Butter, Face Cream, Lip Balm which you will have made plus soap. 12th – Basic Assessment Theory Session Number 2 Workshop 14th – Microscopy Workshop – Adult Bee Diseases 15th at 10am – Oxalic Acid Treatment-sublimation – at apiary If interested in any of the workshops please contact …
One of our junior beekeeper members, Saskia, has worked hard creating natural products using beeswax and honey from her hives, such as scented beeswax candles, various flavoured lip balms, honey and even Honey Fudge which she is selling today at a Christmas Fair. To compliment this she’s even decorated a beehive……wonderful to see a 12 year so enthused about bees. …
A swarm of beekeepers came together last night to celebrate Christmas and a successful year. Food was very good, nice venue and speakers didn’t drone on too much. Awards were distributed to successful Basic Assessment Candidates and all mentors and committee received a thank you gift. Wishing all a very Merry Christmas.