Bee Keeping

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Keeping tips

  • Let the bees get cold in winter - don't over insulate
    • Don't make it too cosy or they keep too many over winter, they eat all their stores, they stave
    • Only for northern bees
  • Feed them honey over winter not sugar
    • The honey is a better food and will keep them healthier
    • Use only local honey - foreign may cause illness
    • Over heated honey (shop) will kill antibiotic properties
  • Use chicken wire to stop wood peckers
  • Bang tray/pans to capture/stop a swarm
    • Sound of thunder makes the swam land
    • Bees can hear - recently discovered
  • Bees nasanov gland is a call to other bees
    • Lemon balm can be used to capture bees - similar scent

Making food - sugar syrup

Over heading sugar syrup (boiling) creates HMF (HydroxyMethylFurfuraldehyde) toxic to bees Also commercial product: Ambrosia syrup

Shopping List

  • Protective clothing
  • Smoker
  • Hive tool
  • Feeder
  • Marker pen
  • Queen cage
  • Bee escapes
  • Tool box
  • Bee brush/feather
  • Queen excluder