Early January and finally the weather got cold , which is perfect for gassing the girls in the beehives.
At this time of year there should be very little bee babies in the hives , so its a good time to gas the girls with oxycylic acid which is made from rhubarb .
We were gassing the girls because we wanted to kill off any bugs that might be in the hive , the bugs we are after are varroa destructor .
Needless to say - the girls were not happy
Beginners Beekeeping Course 2016
Have you thought about beekeeping as a new hobby - or are you stuck for a christmas idea for someone with a interest in Beekeeping .
South Kildare Beekeepers Association are delighted to announce details of 2016 Beginners course .
Local honey for sale
A limited amount of local honey is now available to buy in either a glass jar or squeezy bottle costing €6 per item
Available now from Cill Dara Honey
Friday evening , 20:25 and I'm watching a bat hunting in the back garden - then I begin to wonder is the bat hunting the bee's that might be returning from forraging and on route back to the beehive
How to soften up hard honey
Sweet, golden honey drips thickly from spoons, but it can harden and crystallize during prolonged storage. Honey is almost pure sugar so it naturally begins to crystallize and harden in the jar. It may also darken or develop a stronger flavor, but this doesn't ruin the quality of the honey. The sugar crystals melt easily with heat, which revitalizes the honey so it regains its thick, sugary consistency. You can heat and dissolve the sugar crystals as often as necessary to keep the honey in its liquid form.
Bring the jar of honey to room temperature if it was refrigerated. Set it on the counter for about one hour prior to softening, especially if it's in a glass jar. Cold glass can crack when it heats up.
Fill a medium saucepan with water. Open the jar and set it in the pan so the water comes about halfway up the sides of the jar, or at the most just below the level of honey in the jar.
Heat the water over low heat but don't bring it to a boil. You turn the heat up to medium heat if the honey is in a glass jar, but keep the heat low if it's in a plastic container so the container does not melt.
Stir the honey constantly as it begins to soften. Stirring allows the honey to heat evenly and ensures all the sugar crystals melt. Continue to heat and stir until the honey reaches the desired consistency and all the crystals are gone.
Store the revitalized honey in a closed jar at room temperature. Honey crystallizes more slowly at room temperature than in the refrigerator.
Last week , 8th August , we put these bottle around the apairy to stop wasps from robbing the honey and causing mischief with our bee's .
Literally one minute after putting the wasp traps out, they began generating interest from the wasps .
Today (13th August ) we called back for our regular inspection of the beehives .
What a result !!
How to remove wasps - What you will need to make your own wasp trap
If you would like to make a wasp trap to remove wasps from around your house or garden , you will need some basic ingredients easily found around the house :
Follow the instructions from this post or download by clicking the button below
Note : It is important to drill a small hole in the bottle - you;ll need the cap on your bottle to stop wasps getting out ( for some reason they can;t find the hole the came into your wasp trap ) and should you get rain - you'll want the cap on your bottle so as not to dilute your mixture.
Watch a beehive - live
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Carniolan Honey Bees :
These Carniolan honey bees have made their home inside a hollow log near the town of Waal in Bavaria.
As the camera is placed right next to the entrance of the hive, you will see there is a constant stream of bees flowing through as they go their endless quest for nectar.
Carniolan bees are a member of the western honey bee family and tend to live in southern and eastern Europe.
The best time to view is between 06:00 and 19:00 CEST (04:00 and 17:00 GMT).
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*Please note that you may have to wait for a few moments for this live cam to appear – but it’s worth it!
Some of my stories and ramblings
Beekeeping as a Hobby - find out more here