National Honey Show 2015: For those who could not attend these lectures or could not gain access to some of them - all is not lost! Two weeks ago 7 lectures were posted on You Tube: Click here to view.
The 'Queens I have known' lecture already has over 1,800 views and for good reason, if you choose to watch you will see why.
'Lazy Beekeeping': with 40 years experience and 200 colonies you definitely need to make short cuts. View Michael Bush's lecture by clicking here
BeeCraft 'hangout' forum: There are several bee keeping forums on line but this is one of the best where there are live video link-ups with several bee keepers throughout the country. They were started in November 2014 and there are now some 14 'hangouts' to view if you click here.
Don Kuchenmeister ["TheFatBeeMan"] is a commercial honeybee breeder in North Georgia, with more than 50 years of commercial bee keeping experience. He has over 120 very useful, but short, video tips. Take a look by clicking here.
If you have an established colony of bees in your chimney, roof or under tiling, most bee keepers will not collect these but if you click on this pdf document below there are 6 beekeepers who may be able to help:
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.