Archive for March, 2012

How many frames does a Solar Extractor hold?

March 29, 2012

We have been taking advantage of the sunshine this week and melting down old frames from last season. The frames have a combination of broken comb, solid stores and just poor state.

This is the most number of frames we have been able to load the extractor with, the point is you do not need direct sun light on the frame, rather on the extractor as it is the ambient heat that melts the wax and honey. The extracted wax looks particularly clean so we will use it for the wax cake in this year’s Association Honey Show J

Feeding on Fondant

March 7, 2012

We feed all our colonies at this time of year with fondant. The fondant is wrapped in cling film with an exposed surface placed over hole in the crown board. This keeps the fondant fresh and prevents it drying out whilst enabling easy inspection to check that the status. The attached picture taken yesterday clearly shows this.

Spring Forage

March 2, 2012

The bees in my home apiary are in full flow, pollen is pouring into the hive.

Here are some photos of the sources in my garden.