Buckfast Breeder Queen with numbered disc

Making Queens!

Buckfast Breeder Queen In my area, we are entering the busiest time of the beekeeping season. Colonies are expanding rapidly, and some have swarmed or are about to. Spring/early summer is often like that; a massive amount of nectar and…
Polystyrene Nucs (Denrosa Apiaries)

Nucleus Power!

Polystyrene Nucs (Denrosa Apiaries) A nucleus hive, customarily called a "nuc" is just a little hive. I have heard it pronounced "nuke" and "nook" and I imagine non-beekeepers wonder what weapons of mass destruction have to do with bees. Many…
Mike Palmer moving a barrel of honey

Dreaming of 2020

Mike Palmer moving a barrel of honey I often like to have some theme for my blog posts, but today I'm just writing whatever pops into my head. There are lots of things to say about bees, but after a…
Murray McGregor shows a winter cluster

Winter Survival

Murray McGregor shows a winter cluster How this Walrus does it I harvested my last honey in August and treated for mites as soon as the honey supers were off. This works for me. Many beekeepers leave the harvest until…
Air Conditioning units on a roof

Hive Ventilation

Air Conditioning There are many things in beekeeping which cause furious debate. One part of this, which this demonstrated below, is that different beekeepers deal with different environmental conditions. Here are some extracts from Interviews with Beekeepers on the subject…
The Fool

Mistakes!

The Fool In beekeeping, as in life, everybody makes mistakes. Even bees occasionally make them. The hard part is owning up to them. Douglas Adams said, "a common mistake that people make when trying to design something foolproof is to…
Gate to walled garden at Dromoland

Bee Boles and Blarney

Gate to walled garden at Dromoland Last week I hopped over the Irish Sea for a short stay in the ancestral homeland. I had volunteered to be Mike and Lesley Palmer's driver for a few days. Mike had finished his…