Archive for September, 2011

Bees are loving the Indian Summer

September 30, 2011

Down at the Apiary yesterday the place looked at its best.

We are still feeding some of the hives and the bees are taking full advantage of the excellent weather with all entrances very active.

One of the hives had a high Nosema count when we tested all the colonies during the Apiary close down day so we have been feeding it Thymol in sugar syrup as an alternative to Fumidil B. The bees know there is something different (smell for one thing) so are not taking it as fast as previous feeds. The recipe we used comprised:

Dissolve 30g Thymol crystals in 150ml of alcohol to make stock solution (surgical spirit works).

Use 10ml of this stock solution in 4.5 litres (1gallon) of syrup.

The stock solution keeps ok if well sealed, otherwise the alcohol evaporates.

It will be interesting to see if this has an effect.

There is just one colony job to do before winter and that is unite the two colonies on stand 2, one is weak with lots of drawn brood comb and the other is strong but has not drawn out more than 5 frames of brood, uniting should produce a colony that will se the winter out.

Bucks Honey Show Photos

September 26, 2011

A couple of pictures from the Honey Show. There were well over 100 entries!

Disease checking at the apiary

September 19, 2011

As part of the Apiary closedown yesterday we carried out a full disease inspection on all colonies. A couple showed signs of severe varroa infestation and one had a high Nosema count.

The attached picture shows members preparing and examining samples for Nosema. The samples were from the Association Apiary and members Apiaries.

Apiary Close Down – Weather

September 17, 2011

The forecast is not good for tomorrow, I will send status updates during the day if the weather affects the planned activities.

The Nosema testing will be done under cover so should still proceed no matter what the weather.