Practical beekeeping training at Cowdown apiary 2020 - Saturdays 10.00 until 12.00 noon.

See website main page for notice of cancellations

 

Activities                                                                                          Monthly Diary Guide             

frame cleaning, adding foundation to frames plus Hands in hive                        17th and 25th April - at Cowdown

· Record keeping BBKA model from BBKA website

· Personal equipment and bee inspection kit

· handling frames with bees


Hands in hive                                                                                                                    May - at Cowdown

Colony inspection process. (DEFRA acronym)

· D- disease

· E- environment (e.g. space)

· F- food

· R- ratio sealed brood: open brood: eggs

· A- aggression / amalgamation

Record observations; swarming predictions; suggest actions

Adding foundation in brood chamber

Preparation for artificial swarm

Club member apiary visit                                                                                              TBA


Hands in hive                                                                                                                        June - at Cowdown

Varroa monitoring/control. E.g.Use of Icing sugar

Swarm control- what do you do with Q cells

Other possible tasks

· Feeding

· combining below average size colonies

Club member apiary visit                                                                                                   TBA


 Main honey flow – super management                                                                              July - at Cowdown

· Adding supers

· Moving outer frames to middle with new foundation

Disease inspection.

· Varroa check

· General health

Robbing

· Entrance reduction

Club member apiary visit                                                                                                     TBA


· Assessing bee temperament;                                                                                               August - at Cowdown

· Check entrances (wasps)

· clearing bees off supers, honey extraction, return supers

· Autumn varroa treatment.


 · Uniting colonies                                                                                                                      September - at Cowdown

· Assessing colony stores

· Winter feeding


 · Preparing colonies for winter                                                                                                 October - at Cowdown


               

Colony inspection using DEFRA acronym

D -- DISEASE -- Are there any signs of disease or brood conditions indicating abnormalities.

E -- EGGS -- Is the colony queen right and the queen laying the expected quantity and pattern of eggs.

F - FOOD -- Has the colony sufficient stores (food) to last until the next inspection.

R -- ROOM -- Has the colony sufficient room in the brood box for the queen to continue egg laying and                                             workers to store nectar in the supers 

A - AVERAGE -- (a) Early Season. Is the colony building up compared to other adjacent colonies.  

                                  (b) Mid Season. Are there any queen cells in the colony. Know what to do if open                                                            queen cells or sealed queen cells are seen.