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A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]I had accidentally taken her from a donor colony along with a frame of brood and bees.  In my record book, I always note the numbers of the donor colonies, but when I looked through the book to identify the origin of this queen, I found that none of the donor colonies actually had a white queen.  Further analysis of […]
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NatBIP News No8

[…]there is always room for beekeepers to submit useful tips, techniques, and ideas. The 2022 NatBIP Record Card is available for download for your use so that you can continuously assess the qualities of your bees, essential for choosing which queens to produce offspring from. Also it can freely be altered to suit your own requirements and allow you to […]

Let’s Go Beekeeping!

[…]in West Sussex and - between throwing sticks for Rosie - Roger, Martina and myself were able to record lots of footage that I’ve been editing over the winter. So far, we have 8 videos available on our YouTube channel: Preparing supers for extraction; Removing unwanted food from brood combs; Making up a two frame nuc; Roger’s inspection kit; cold […]

NatBIP News No6

[…]to leave a queen cell in the cell raiser colony for them. It was really useful to keep a detailed record of our queen lifecycle. We used the record card from BIBBA. If our predictions were accurate, we were looking to see a new queen emerging in a couple of days’ time. We think the queens emerged a day early. […]

NatBIP News No4

[…]well under way, we can continue to monitor the qualities of our queens using our own system of record-keeping or download the record card from the NatBIP GUIDE on the BIBBA website (search bibba.com). As we assess the qualities of our colonies at each inspection, we quickly build up a picture of which colony or colonies are worth rearing offspring […]

East Midlands 1998

[…]made up, as referred to in the previous paragraph, and this worked very well. Record keeping We knew our record keeping needed improving, and during last winter a comprehensive computer record sheet was designed. However in practice it proved too complicated in the field, but useful to study indoors. We changed late on in the season to a simple hard-backed […]