Apr 07

5 Frame National Nuclei for sale.

I am offering for sale from April 2015, National five frame nucs with genuine over wintered British hybrid queens. :)  Reasonable temperament and steady on the comb. £125 per nuc collected. Mail me for more information. The breeder queen for these nucs produced over 250 lbs of honey last season including over 200 lbs from the Lime flow. Handled right there is no reason why these nucs cannot be split to give two colonies and some honey by the season’s end, and I am on tap to assist with this. I firmly believe in giving assistance to beginners if required as I only too well remember buying my first bees and promptly being abandoned by the vendor.



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 »

Apr 16

Over wintered Nucs

It’s been a late start this season and as of today’s date I consider it three weeks later than 2014. 


My over wintered nucs are in two camps, the very ordinary and the romping ahead camp. The temptation is to borrow from the good to boost the poor but no I am resisting. The good un’s will end up as colonies very shortly, the next two weeks should do it with some warmth, and the laggedybobs can toddle along until it is swarming time when they will be useful, as in the queens can head up new nucs and their bees can be added to existing stocks to give them a boost up, or added in to swarm nucs to boost them. 


Ah the delights of nucs, they are so versatile.




Apr 05

Finally and Honey bound

The weather changed and I have been busy today.


How are they? Curates egg all in all, one is excellent and some are average and the rest are pretty poor, the long cold spell has taken it’s toll, but that I expected. 


The excellent one was on 8 frames of brood. Yes, 8 frames. And frankly would have been on at least another two but for being honey bound.


It’s an oddity but in my experience bees confronted with slabs of sealed honey in Spring just look at it and leave it alone. However if you bruise it, as in crush the cappings they will munch it away and happily expand. If you leave it they will just be confined. 


I bruised one and put it slap dab in the middle of the 8 and next week it will be 9 frames of brood if not ten as I put an empty frame next to them as well. 





Apr 03


In all the years I have had bees I cannot recall ever getting into April with out having achieved the first inspection, yet this is my situation and I am not happy at all about it. It is as ever a judgement call. Do I just barge on and do more harm than good or do I exercise patience and await the weather break which the odds are favouring more and more with each passing day of cold. 


Yesterday the forecast was talking about Tuesday as being warm, 16 was mentioned so I intend seeing what is what if that actually happens. 


I hope you are in a better position than I



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