Bailey Comb Change If your brood frames are in need of replacement, say more than 2 years old, then they are best replaced using the Bailey Comb Change method. This is best done in the spring when there is a good nectar flow, say March onwards. Click herefor details of the procedure.
Creamed Honey If you have Oil Seed Rape nearby you will need to take off your honey crop as soon as it stops flowering and to make your honey more saleable you might like to try creaming your honey. Click on this pdf document for details:
Autumn & Winter Feeding A colony will need 16/18 kg of stores to keep them going through the winter. If you take the honey off late August a strong colony should collect this over the next couple of months. If they do not then read the pdf document below on autumn & winter feeds.
Thymol Treatment Recipe If you have several hives, using Apiguard can be quite expensive. Have a look at this Thymol Treatment Recipe which if you buy a 500g Tub from Thornes can cost about 1/5 of the cost to treat the same number of colonies.