The 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 had a very fast look at one of my strong colonies which has been powerful all Winter. I was impressed to find sealed brood on four frames, with I suspect (forgot the blessed glasses) that there is open brood on the comb faces adjacent. Can’t remember seeing them this forward at this strength which …View full post
I looked at the hives on Sunday and it was obvious that more fondant was needed and I was out of stocks so… I phoned my friendly local Baker and asked if they could get me five blocks and the cheery answer was of course. It arrived today and somewhat to my surprise it was …View full post
I was in the South last week and in a farm shop came across some honey. Actually I had to ask where it was as I couldn’t see it at first. It had a yellow text on a green background, which made it pretty invisible and it cost me £3-50. Various countries have regulations for …View full post
A stunning Spring day here at 16 degrees C so went through the hives.
I didn’t recheck the one I looked at yesterday but I am sure they are on 5 frames of brood and I have another that is on five for sure. Three on four frames, three on three frames, the Langstroth Nuc is on two, the National nuc on one and one very poor National colony is on one and I will take up a nuc box to transfer them into the next visit.
All in all a stunning start and even better there is nectar evident in all the units. From? I suspect willow as it was willow pollen horsing in the entrances.
I had a very fast look at one of my strong colonies which has been powerful all Winter. I was impressed to find sealed brood on four frames, with I suspect (forgot the blessed glasses) that there is open brood on the comb faces adjacent.
Can’t remember seeing them this forward at this strength which in turn leads on to the headline.
As it was a lovely day here I went up to the bees to look at a Langstroth nucleus colony which has over wintered in a 6 frame poly box.
As I had half hoped there was brood to be seen. I only pulled the one frame to inspect and the brood was exactly where I thought it would be which is to say on the frame NEXT to the wall. How strong would a timber nuc be before you see that?
In poly though perfectly normal as it is the warmest place in the unit. The queen has been laying for at least 9 days as the brood was sealed and had open cells occupied around it.
A good start.
Today 5th of March pollen was evident at all the entrances and at 12C strong flying was going on. I knew one hive was likely to be out of fondant and so it proved so from inside an empty hive I took out the block of fondant, cut off a 2 kilo slice and they were fed again inside three minutes. I try to achieve minimum disturbance and this is one way to help that.