Apr 07

5 Frame National Nuclei for sale.

I am offering for sale from late June National five frame nucs with genuine British hybrid queens. :)  Reasonable temperament and steady on the comb. £75 per nuc collected. Mail me for more information.



Dec 18

New features and layout. Poly hive Blog. A must read for new visitors!

poly-hive.co.ukThe Poly Hive blog went under some major reconstruction 15/12/12. With the site becoming very popular in such a short amount of time even though the site was still under construction and time to make the changes was very short I am happy to announce the site is finished.  Which is to say  the layout is finished, but the good quality articles, guides and stories will keep coming. It is intended to increase the video content this season, especially if I can find someone to work a camera for me!

I will try in this post to give you some quick tip’s on using this website to it’s full potential. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Season over view mid July

It’s been a good season here for me. In all honesty it’s probably been the best season I have ever had. 


Started some 18 nucs and all the queens were mated with in 10 days!. Bred up some more queens as spares and they mated successfully too. I ran some drone comb to help with the matings and not a varroa to be seen in there. Which in turn shows that the Oxalic treatment makes a good job, for this season certainly. 


The best hive has sat on a double national p[oly brood and never offered to swarm (2nd year queen) and produced some 200 lbs of comb honey into the bargain (bless her). 


Further, to my amazement I hit a Lime flow. Now I have been on this site for four seasons and the last three there was not a wiff of lime. This year due I suspect to the drenching during the winter the lime came up trumps and a wee walk round the woods on the farm revealed there are 28+ lime trees in the immediate area. :) There is a substantial amount of lime comb honey on the hives consequentially. 

Drones on the way DSCF0928 Cut comb cuttingEnjoy the photos







Jul 11

The Lime ends for me.

Had a wonderful flow off lime this season which has just ended. My breeder colony on a double National poly broodbox has produced some 6 supers of comb honey from it. Quiet bees, obviously productive, and not a sign of swarming all season. I am grafting from them with a view to splitting my remaining nucs and taking these queens through the winter. A half dozen like mother would be a very welcome addition. :)



Jun 14

June 2014 update

What a season so far, just amazing. 24 queens successfully mated out of 24 bred. Very few swarm calls but one good swarm collected and hived. Some 36 lbs of honey packed and selling well in the dining room here at the Guest House. Some 150 lbs on the hives still but about ready to come off. The farmer, on whose land I have the bees has accidentally done me proud by having a sizeable field in Flax which the bees have taken full advantage of. 

There are several nucs ready for sale so please get in touch. 

So far so good. :)


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