Monthly Archives: June 2013

Package Bees After Three Weeks

Its three weeks since I did my first install of a package of bees with a buckfast queen. Today i was going to make further inspection with a view to carrying out the following operations.

  1. Remove the follower board and insert the remaining three frames.
  2. Remove the frame feeder and stop feeding.
  3. Check the status of the supercedure queen cell I spotted last week.
  4. Carry out a photographic frame by frame inspection
Worker Bee and Drone Brood

Worker and Drone Brood

During the inspection last week it was very difficult to make out the worker brood clearly but it was quite different on this occasion, There ws substantially more comb and worker brood was very evident on most frames. There was drone brood at the base of several of the frames and most also included capped honey and some pollen. I had hoped that at least some of the frames would have been completely filled but they all still had some way to go. This may be because I inserted two frames last week, one frame went into the middle of the brood nest. Continue reading

Package Bees Two Weeks On

Wild Flowers For Bees

June Wild Flowers

So 2 weeks ago I installed my package of bees and since then they have been busy, the weather has been fine, there is plenty of nectar and pollen and I have been topping up the frame feeder regularly. I have of course gone in and had a quick check to see that the comb is being built straight and that everything is going OK but not had a thourgh frame by frame look.

So last Monday, I got kitted out, lit the smoker and went in to do my first real inspection. I was looking for the following:

  1. Eggs or Brood on the comb as proof the queen was laying
  2. Confirmation that all the comb was being built straight
  3. General progress in terms of any stores, so I could guage when to stop feeding Continue reading

Bee Package Arrival and Care

The poor spring has meant that the package of  bees I ordered was delayed but the last couple of days have been warm and dry and I was not surprised to received the great news that my bees were at last ready for collection. So on this glorious day in June we set off to pick up our bees from B.S. HoneyBees in Gloucestershire and on the way back my young daughter Sarah bravely agreed to share the back of the car with the bees!

bee package arrival

3ib Package Of Bees

So now I am the proud owner of approximately 12000 bees (3ib package) and a buckfast queen and the adventure begins. Because the bees were only packaged 24hrs before there is a danger that the queen will not yet have been fully accepted by the workers. Normally this is not a problem because standard practice is to hang the queen in her cage between two frames in the brood box, whilst the workers get on building comb, settling in and getting used to the queen who eventually gets released when the workers eat through the candy stopper on her cage. Continue reading