Delighted with today's visit to the apairy.
weather was not the best , cloudy and overcast with a temperature of about 11 to 13C and a bit breezy .Even with the wind chill factor dropping the temp a little , our girls were in fine form .
Queen wasp - nest building
I spotted this beginning to start in the garden shed this afternoon - check your outbuildings
A tale of two hands
So i went out to help a friend with inspecting his beehives in an attempt to offset his bees swarming . The month of May is the start of swarming season when beekeepers all over the country get nervous about loosing their bees .
It was great to helping and learning about swarm control , where we inspected 12 beehives and applied swarm control measures to at least 10 of the beehives. .
After opening a hive and inspecting for both the queen , to see she was present and laying fresh eggs , and looking for new queen cells. If we found some queen cells we knocked them down .
The hives were broken , where we added another brood box below the queen excluder , which had deep drawn frames - this was giving the queen lots more room to lay new eggs and would go towards helping her not swarm out of the hive.
Unfortunately a few of the girls decided they liked my left hand - and just over a dozen of them stung my hand . Lets see how the swelling progress's over the next few days
6pm 20th May
9pm 20th May
10am 21st May
3pm 22 May
Caught by surprise as we strolled around Mooreabbey Woods to catch a fleeting glimpse of a big red squirrel hopping into the trees , I got the camera ready in case we spotted him again . To no avail - he was gone to the treetops .
However a few hundred yards later , Sheila spotted what she thought was a woodpecker - a strange and unusual bird , brightly coloured and picking at the bark at the base of several tree's .
This time I got him , and if i don't say so myself , he looks splendid .
Some of my stories and ramblings
Beekeeping as a Hobby - find out more here