Bee Equipment Blog

Winter Wraps

Posted by Charlie Lawrence on

Winter Wraps

Our winter wraps are designed by a beekeeper and are simple, effective and reusable year after year, and our 5/5 star reviews show customers love them! Just take them off in spring and roll them up until Autumn. Throw away the chicken wire and hanging CD ideas! The winter wrap is so simple but still very  effective against wood peckers it also helps protect your hive from the harshest weather including those chilling winter winds, and at the same time, allowing your hive to breath. Simple Application Measure the depth of your hive then order the one that fits: single or double broad,...

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Multi-function Crown Board

Posted by Charlie Lawrence on

Multi-function Crown Board

The simple things are best one crown board with many uses Ideal for use with varroa treatments feeders can be used without the use of an empty super helps with swarm control helps to prevent the spread of disease between colonies. If you are contemplating using Apiguard for instance you will know that a space above the trays helps with the efficacy of the treatment, the multi-function crown board has this head space built in. When needing to add a small spring feed for instance it can be done with the build of the multi-function crown board without the use...

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Treatments: Which to use and when

Posted by Charlie Lawrence on

Treatments: Which to use and when

It will soon be time to consider what treatment to use if you find varroa in your hive. After checking using your slide-in floor, the suggestion is to count the varroa on the floor then go onto BeeBase and confirm a treatment is necessary. BeeBase is not a definitive guide to when you should treat. For instance, if it shows you need to treat in 6 weeks and you are checking in September your product of choice may not be usable because of low temperatures. I would always look at what treatment you would prefer to use then select a...

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Guest blogger Emily Scott aka Adventuresinbeeland reviews our Multi Function Crown Board

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Guest blogger Emily Scott aka Adventuresinbeeland reviews our Multi Function Crown Board

Bee blogger Emily Scott recently took a look at one of our products - the Multi Function Crown Board - for her own blog: Adventuresinbeeland   I've been lucky enough to be sent a special crown board to review by a small beekeeping business in Kent called Bee Equipment Ltd: www.bee-equipment.co.uk. As well as selling beekeeping equipment online they also keep around 300 hives in the Kent area and sell nucs and queens. As its name suggests, their multi function crown board (£16.65) can be used for several purposes: feeding, treatments and swarm control. Feeding - Rapid top feeders fit easily onto this crown board. The depth...

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Granulated honey, creamed honey, uncapping and extraction

Posted by Charlie Lawrence on

Granulated honey, creamed honey, uncapping and extraction

How we deal with granulated honey - We put it in a cabinet and warm it until it is liquid. Although wax with often collapse the honey should flow from the wax given enough warming and time. Alternatively move to Rite Cell and life becomes much easier! Once jarred – if your honey sets and you want liquid honey again the easiest way is with a small, decommissioned freezer or fridge. Carefully drill a hole in the bottom of your fridge (you may need to research the schematics for the fridge/freezer before drilling) and fix a batton holder with a...

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