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June 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]art, queen-rearing is an important part of beekeeping, and every beekeeper should have access to queens of particular characteristics that they have raised themselves. I think the secret to queen rearing is not to give up after the first attempt but to keep trying; eventually, it will work. Queen-rearing also works well in a group situation, with a few beekeepers […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]art, queen-rearing is an important part of beekeeping, and every beekeeper should have access to queens of particular characteristics that they have raised themselves.  I think the secret to queen rearing is not to give up after the first attempt but to keep trying; eventually, it will work.  Queen-rearing also works well in a group situation, with a few beekeepers […]
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Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]to read newsprint clearly at 12-18" in front of you. We strongly suggest a notebook and/or laptop to make notes. A camera for practical sessions is always useful and its use will be encouraged. All other equipment will be supplied. What can I expect? A well-run course with a limited number of attendees, so the tutors aren't over-stretched allowing them […]

BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter

[…]5 by 5 British National brood boxes which will have additional 5 frame brood boxes added above, to make 2 story 10 frame hives. AMM Nucs and Queens for saleThis set up allows use to bring on the queens into full lay and to assess their performance.  It allows us to sell 5 frame nucs or mated queens.  We can […]

NatBIP News No8

[…]The hardest part of queen rearing can be deciding which method to try. utilising natural queen cells is another method... Working in Groups Beekeeping is often a solitary occupation but, with bee improvement, small-scale beekeepers stand more chance of making an impact if they can work together. Improvement Groups can be a challenge in themselves, but much pleasure and satisfaction […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]across the UK. It is essential that we work with a small group of them to see how they could help BIBBA implement our flagship National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) and how we can help them to run viable commercial businesses using locally adapted stock. Four of our Trustees are themselves small-scale commercial beekeepers. Our next outing with the Stand […]

Scillonian Bee Project

[…]Jilly.  Nick and Jilly are ​running a 5 year ​Project ​to make beekeeping on the 5 Isles more sustainable by improving the forage on the isklands as well as improving the existing honeybees so that they are better able ​to thrive ​in the unique Scillonian environment. ​Nick last looked at a number of the colonies on the Isles in 2017, […]

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[…]and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to a stable and sustainable future for our beekeeping ...READ MORE BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens for these 15 reasons Education and Training eLearning Course Beekeeping is fun! And with our online courses, you can develop […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]If we assume that a colony produces on average 2.5 swarms in a season**, and therefore 2.5 virgin queens to be mated - and if we, again for simplicity, take it that a queen will mate with say twelve drones on average, then it follows that, on average, only some 30 drones from a typical colony give up their lives […]

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[…]and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to a stable and sustainable future for our beekeeping ...READ MORE BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens for these 15 reasons Education and Training eLearning Course Beekeeping is fun! And with our online courses, you can develop […]

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[…]and associated islands* and of improving the quality of our honey bees. This Programme aims to provide a way forward to a stable and sustainable future for our beekeeping ...READ MORE BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens for these 15 […]

BIBBA YouTube Videos

[…]you see is what happened. These sessions are popular because they are practical, often expanding into discussion that has little to do with what is happening in the colonies. To view these sessions live please register here (link). We will thencontact you when we arrange a date. NatBIP The videos under this heading cover the National Bee Improvement […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]we favoured queen-right queen rearing and wanted to assess this unit as an on-going source of queen cells. At this point it was realised that we would not only need at least a couple of Amm queens to provide graft larvae, but also colonies in support. This was where another helper from WNKLBA, Barry Thrower, proved most helpful. As swarm […]

BIBBA Books

[…]has been involved with his local BKA teaching apiary since 1967 and managed it for around 15 years to show practical beekeeping, provide bees to local beekeepers and to reproduce colony scenarios for training new and experienced beekeepers alike. This book brings together a range of challenges and opportunities that almost all apiaries will encounter and the contents suggest some […]

The Native Irish Honey Bee

[…]in the 2020s as our knowledge of honey bee genetics increases), conservation, bee improvement and queen rearing, and a review of the past, present, and future for the native honey bee in Ireland. This is not just an excellent read, it is one of those books that you will keep going back to time after time. reviewed by Selwyn Runnett […]

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

[…]will hold around 30 cars when we can persuade people to park tidily. Another of our objectives was to make beekeeping as accessible as possible for disabled people in wheelchairs. To this end we raised sufficient funds to ensure that our training apiary was set up on a solid base which provided all-weather access for wheelchair users. We also developed […]

NatBIP News No 7

[…]this message for years but detractors either do not believe it possible for ordinary beekeepers to make improvements, or they believe it just takes too much time and effort to make a difference. It is up to BIBBA members and NatBIP supporters to show that we can improve the quality of our bees in a sustainable manner. This approach should […]

Colony Increase – The Roger Patterson Method

[…]BKAI often find many bee keeping books can over complicate processes which make them very hard to follow, however, Roger makes colony increase a very easy and attainable process.I’m kicking myself that this wasn’t available at the beginning of the year as it’s just what was needed, so no guesses what I’ll be encouraging our association to do for our […]
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NatBIP News No6

[…]nature’s preferred route and that would make our task all the more difficult. The easiest way to make sustainable progress is to combine the demands of nature with the demands of the beekeeper. This is achieved by avoiding exotic imports and working with local bees. Many people see the problem with this is the fact that our local bees are […]

Bee Improvement Days 2021

[…]involved in a bee improvement group or are considering starting one. It will suit those who want to raise good quality queens by using "artificial" methods in batches of 6 or more in controlled conditions. The information gained should prepare attendees for producing many more queens on a regular basis if required. Attendees should know the "basics" of beekeeping, i.e. […]

NatBIP News No5

[…]can develop this quality over time, being able to survive the worst threats as well as being able to make the most of what is on offer, in good times and bad. By avoiding the use of imports, a locally adapted population is allowed to develop allowing us to select and improve from this population. As beekeepers, we sometimes ask […]

NatBIP News No4

[…]then harvesting the resulting queen cells for use in nucs (see the GUIDE for ideas). It is good to make a start in a simple way and we can always refine our techniques in the future as we get more experience. We never stop learning better ways of doing things, but a good way to learn is just to have […]

Dover and Districts BKA Q rearing support group – CT4

[…]both theory and husbandry techniques delivered as Zoom meetings. Individual members are guided to choose a queen rearing method appropriate for their circumstances and skill level; individual or small group support will be given as they undertake their queen rearing. There is no charge for this course, but participants must be a member of Dover & District BKA and, if […]
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East Midlands 1998

[…]1998 will probably be of interest. First some general comments to set the scene. It is tempting to make changes just for the sake of change, or to be panicked into making changes when things go wrong. This last season has been disappointing largely because it has been such a wet season, as the weather records that have been broken […]

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[…]are still appropriate for our conditions, those in the “Advanced” category may need the viewer to take into account regional variations and make adjustments based on their own knowledge and experience. Beginners Pests and Diseases Management techniques Queen rearing and bee improvement General […]

NatBIP News No3

[…]bees can vary at each inspection, but an average picture soon builds up. It is good practice not to tolerate colonies that are unpleasant to handle, particularly at this time of year, as they will deteriorate through the season as their size increases. Dealing with a bad-tempered colony is much easier earlier rather than later, when, perhaps, they are filling […]

NatBIP News No2

[…]about queen rearing but surprisingly little about assessment of colonies and selecting which queen to breed from. What there is, can be off-putting as, often, such a long-winded process is recommended that few of us would ever reach an end-result. Particularly in the first season, one wants to identify a queen worth rearing from quite quickly, so that some new […]

NatBIP News No1

[…]to get proficient at using the card is to put it into practice. It will soon become second nature to make accurate assessments at each inspection. The purpose of the card is to show which queens are the ones to produce offspring from and, perhaps just as important, which queens should be replaced when the opportunity arises. Assessment of colonies […]

Section 8.1 – Dominating an Area with the Selected Strain

As we progress through the NatBIP programme to improve our bee stocks it pays to give some thought to how we are going to consolidate any improvements we may have gained through our efforts to establish our selected strain. We have been monitoring our colonies and keeping accurate records to enable us to see at a glance our progress (see […]
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Section 7.1 – The Mating of Queens

The Mating of Queens - Use of nucs, mini-nucs and mini+ nucs Whether you are using natural queen cells, emergency queen cells, grafted queen cells or cells produced from larval transfer kits (such as Jenter or Cupkit), the next step in the process is finding a home for the queen cell or virgin queen so that she can go on […]

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]too many methods can be a source of much confusion and leave one overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed. Like most things in beekeeping, the best way to learn is to have a go, find out what works or does not work, and then try to refine or improve the technique over time. Although there is an enormous array […]

Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]about 2.75 lb If 10 frames in a super. Full National super about 28lbs. Round up or down according to how well filled each frame is. If using different size frames, weigh them to be accurate or work out own estimating system. Amount Fed. In this column, enter any feed given with quantity and date of feed in preferred units. […]
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Section 3.1 – The Selection of Local Stock

[…]tested methods that have been shown to produce results, but individuals and groups will be free to make their own decisions. Nothing is set in stone and things can, and will, be modified over time according to beekeepers’ experience. In the system described, using the suggested record card, the following qualities are selected: Native appearance Temperament Swarming propensity Health and […]