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 »

Jan 01

Happy New Year

Many thanks for reading this blog, and as the title says a very HPN. As we say in Scotland, “Lang may yer lum reek”.


I can only hope that you had as good a season as I had in 2014. It was for me just excellent. I have never had such mating success and then the Lime flow was the icing on the cake. 


Lets hope that 2015 is as good. 



Dec 24

Merry Christmas to one and all and please…………

Check your hives for weight as the open UK weather so far is causing increased stores consumption. If they are light please feed a good chunk of fondant. Hint… a strong colony needs 5kg at a feed and a good nuc one. Remember to check in a fortnight.


Also from very recent and expensive experience please keep your pets away from the festive choccies! It can and sadly does kill dogs. So please…. be wary eh?



Aug 06

Honey: Getting it home

Clearer boards1 DSCF0937 DSCF0938 DSCF0940 DSCF0946 DSCF0949I will start by saying I throughly detest Porter bee escapes. I have two good reasons for this. The first is the escape it’s self is prone to failure. It might be a fat drone getting stuck or it might be the springs are not set properly and the escape fails. Yes if it’s in the garden it’s no big issue but if you have driven a distance it is a real pain to find the supers full of bees still.

My 2nd reason is that the supply companies love to sell crown boards with the holes pre cut for the Porters. This in turn leads on to fiddle fadding winter feeding. People make up little amounts of candy and put it over the porter hole and think they have fed the bees with 250 grams of feed. Err… no. I put on feeding ekes and give four or five kilos of bakers fondant at a time. I then leave them to it and check once a month to ensure they have feed, and I like to see feed still there in Spring.


My escapes have no working parts and can be made at home by anyone who can use a hand saw and a hammer. Please see the pics below. Being a tight git I cut plastic escapes up to fit my boards as I think the escapes in the corners work better than with the hole in the middle.




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