Bee Equipment Blog

How to light your smoker and keep it alight

Posted by Charlie Lawrence on

How to light your smoker and keep it alight

Having trouble keeping your smoker lit or consistent? Worried about its effect on your bees? We have some simple and straight forward tips on what fuel to use in your smoker to get the best results.

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Honey Crop

Posted by Charlie Lawrence on

Honey Crop

The first honey crop will be collected now – depending on your location in the UK. If you leave it on the bees will use it, especially if the weather is changeable – leave it alone at your peril. Make sure you are stocked with good quality uncapping tanks, rollers and knives. During the lull in production you should check the varroa counts in your hives. Shop for treatments >> Top tip: Be careful when you check your count against bee base – if it suggests you treat in 4-6 weeks this could be in the middle of a flow....

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Queen Rearing Tips

Posted by Charlie Lawrence on

Queen Rearing Tips

Queen rearing season is upon us – just! In our operation we pay a lot of attention to drones given that they are ¾ of the progeny of the queen. We pick our two best queens – one to supply drone material and one to graft queen material. We start this off 40 days prior to get well nourished drones. For that purpose we use a strong colony with plenty of sealed brood. The first thing we do is treat for varroa because, as you know, the drone cell is a breeding ground for the varroa mite. A short treatment...

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New Blog

Posted by Charlie Lawrence on

New Blog

Welcome to our new blog, housed on our brand new website! In the future we will have plenty of helpful information and questions answered regarding bee keeping and equipment. Check back regularly for updates!

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