Category: Beekeeping Information

Spring Colony Split

The object is to create increase and control swarming. Select a strong, good quality colony (a marked queen will make the job easier). Feed early to stimulate growth (further feed will be needed). An...

Making Heavy Syrup

Making up heavy syrup, sometimes referred to as 2:1 or winter syrup, is not at all difficult. Many will know the 1 lb of sugar to 1 pt of water recipe, which in modern parlance roughly...

Beekeeping Timetable

We are lucky to have Glyn Davies coordinating our apiary management in Torbay, some years ago Glyn produced a beekeeping timetable detailing the yearly schedule for beekeepers in Devon. The timetable includes among other things,...

Labelling Advice

General Honey Labelling Advice The word “honey” is required. When packed in quantities exceeding 50g may only be packed in prescribed quantities of 57g(2oz), 113g (4oz), 227g (8oz), 340g (12oz), 454g(1lb) or multiples of 454g(1lb)....

Queen Marking Colours

The international queen marking colours code was created to allow beekeepers to mark their queens using a code which all other beekeepers, wherever they were in the world, would understand. The colours are used...

Honey Extraction

This sequence of photographs show the principles of extracting honey to keep it fresh clean and undamaged by heat. The set-up has been developed over several years on a domestic scale but is able...

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