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A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…](BIBBA) conference on the Isle of Man, I was lucky enough to attend an excellent presentation on queen rearing by the Dutch commercial beekeeper Jeroen Vorstman.  I had been raising queens myself quite successfully for some time using the Ben Harden method and various versions of the Cloake board system.  These are both excellent systems, and only require a little […]
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Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]drone foundation is available, it is rarely used by most. Since the advent of wired foundation, only the exceptional practitioner wires his or her own frames and therefore has the option of using just a strip of foundation at the top of the frame, embedded in the top wire (see photo below) - a method that frees the bees to […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]Approval was given for it to start and for BIBBA to provide funding. These are Eric’s reflections on the first year of the Project: Eric Marshall writes: Little did I think when I dropped an e-mail to Brian Holdcroft what the consequence would be. I was simply interested in finding one or two local beekeepers who were interested in raising […]

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

[…]treating with chemicals letting the bees draw out their own comb rather than using foundation only taking off honey in the spring if there is a genuine surplus avoiding artificial feeding unless really necessary using well insulated hives with eco-floors only acquiring bees from reliable, local sources encouraging the creation of pollinator patches. We were fortunate to find a 2.7 […]

NatBIP News No6

[…]20 cells that we set up we only had 4 cells sealed. We weren’t sure if it was something we had done wrong or if there was another reason – we’re hoping Jo Widdecomb can give us some guidance on this. Needless to say, the children were really pleased with the 4 queen cells that were eventually sealed and felt […]

Bee Improvement Days 2021

[…]to attend this course. Not only do we work at the hives, but bees can be brought into other areas on combs and clothing. There is always a chance of being stung. Circumstances vary, where some locations may not be in an area that enjoys a speedy ambulance service. It is also unlikely there will be tutors or attendees who […]

East Midlands 1998

[…]to prevent them entering the cell and getting trapped. Conclusion One important ingredient to the success of the East Midlands Group, is the enthusiasm of its members. The co-operation is first class, and the discipline they show in sticking to the arrangements for carrying out the work is excellent, for in queen rearing one cannot put off a job even […]

Recommended YouTube Videos

[…]there are many of dubious accuracy, giving poor advice that may be inappropriate for our conditions. As there is no vetting procedure to display educational material online, what is the inexperienced beekeeper to believe? BIBBA strongly believes that beekeeping information should be high quality, so we have made it easy by asking an experienced practical beekeeper to recommend a selection […]