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John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]Associations to provide queen cells on a continuous basis for breeding programmes. by John Harding re-written by Roger Patterson The images have been produced from original photos by John […]

BIBBA Queen Rearing Table (Tom’s Table)

[…]timetables for using the Jenter or Cupkit Cellplug Box. This is a more comprehensive version of “Tom’s Table” that has been rewritten by Roger Patterson in 2015, to include other methods of producing queen cells and to correct one error. This version covers grafting, cell punching, cell plugs, Miller/Alley and Morris Board methods. BIBBA Queen Rearing […]

BIM 31 – Spring 2009

The Harding queen raising system. John Harding A tribute to Gordon Hartshorn. Tom Rowlands Beekeeping in Northumberland. Dorian Pritchard Three fertile queens in one colony. Roger Patterson Brother Adam and the dark bee. Dorian Pritchard Breeding Group news. Jo Widdicombe The Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall. Jo Widdicombe Survey of native bees. Roger Patterson Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects. […]

Jutland Visit

[…]honeys are retained. The honey is filtered at every stage and is then pumped to six separate automated bottling stations. Creamed honey is bottled at 4 tonne an hour, I calculate this to be in jar each 2 seconds, or for clear honey the process is slowed down to 1 tonne an hour to retain its clarity. Knud employees 20 […]

Downloads Old

[…]BIBBA’s Morph30 this version (V2.2) can import DrawWing data and calculate many useful indices automatically. It is very quick and easy to use. There are step-by-step instructions for setting up and fault finding.  Colony Assessment Form  Download  This form is based on the Galtee Bee Breeding Group’s ten column method of recording developed by Micheál Mac Giolla Coda  Tom Robinson’s Table  Download  […]

Queen Rearing Timetable

[…]a bit of tweaking it can be used for other methods of cell raising. Download Excel spreadsheet of Tom’s Table: […]

Lecturers

Beekeeping Lecturers The following list of lecturers and demonstrators is intended to help event organisers plan their programme. All of them support the aims of BIBBA, but BIBBA are unable to verify their knowledge, ability or suitability to your requirements. Please make arrangements directly with the speaker. Roger Patterson Roger Lives in West Sussex and will travel any distance. Tel […]

Abberton Native Bee Group/ Essex 4 Bees – CO2

[…]site and Bill kept bees within two miles. Rather than any objection to our bringing in new bees Tom, Russell and Bill were keen to have native stock at their apiaries and Bill volunteered to take on the day to day husbandry of the site. The next step was to look at funding and Essex and Suffolk water were happy […]
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BIM 34 – Spring 2010

[…]rearing – John Dews Expansion & queen rearing – Chris Broad Queen rearing on a small scale – Tom Robinson JZBZ frame bar – Roger Patterson Inbreeding – Tom Robinson Pesticides and colony losses – Eric Mussen Isle of Man workshop – Doris Fischler A note on MorphPlot – Peter Edwards Galtee Group AGM – Mary Ryan Helen Sanders – […]

BIM 33 – Winter 2010

[…]group – Roger Patterson Warnholz Mini BiVo nuc – Dave Cushman The Harding Mini Nuc – John Harding Bee improvement – Roger Patterson Entombment follow-up – Dave Cushman BBKA Forum – Roger Patterson Morphometry Course – Dinah Sweet BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]of 50 rather than 30 is statistically better. u I understand that the process can be somewhat automated by scanning wings and feeding the results into DrawWing and Morphplot software. u If I can utilise semi-automation (above point) then I could sample the drones also. Drones have different Cubital Indexes from workers so need to be looked at separately. As […]

BIM 32 – Autumn 2009

The Harding Hive Debris Floor – John Harding I wanted as much of the debris to fall out free of the hive, specifically varroa, and show my design for a slatted floor Three fertile queens in one colony – Roger Patterson Follow up of the three queens that came through the 2008/9 winter Variation in susceptibility to bee diseases among […]

BIM 26 – Winter 2006

[…]Conference 2006 – Philip Denwood York and District Queen Rearing Programme 2006 – Tom Robinson Obituary: Alan Bernard Hinchley – David Allen Bee Improvement Magazine: subject index. Issues 1-25 – Philip Denwood BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

Downloads

[…]BIBBA’s Morph30 this version (V2.2) can import DrawWing data and calculate many useful indices automatically. It is very quick and easy to use. There are step-by-step instructions for setting up and fault finding. DOWNLOAD  Colony Assessment Form This form is based on the Galtee Bee Breeding Group’s ten column method of recording developed by Micheál Mac Giolla Coda DOWNLOAD  Tom Robinson’s Table […]

Lester Wickham

[…]Heart Bypass surgery, which made him refuse to physically hurry along. He was happy to walk behind Tom and I so long as he did not strain his heart. After leaving the Committee we kept in touch with the annual Christmas Card. He died aged 86, still making plans for the coming season. He leaves his wife Trish and step […]

Conserving black bees

[…]colonies with double brood boxes are split, tipped upwards and inspected for cells on the frame bottoms of the top box. It has become fashionable amongst those wishing to keep bees “naturally” to limit the brood space and allow swarming to take place. This is seen as the bees’ “natural” behaviour. I applaud the need to re­turn bees to the […]

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]the queen has been found, she could be temporarily caged, and when re-assembling placed in the bottom box and confined on 11 frames in this box with the queen excluder. The top box will then be placed above the excluder with the selected frames. A gap for the ‘graft frame’ is left between a frame containing pollen and some open […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]of virgin queens from mini-nucs used for mating. Our original unit for graft starting was a John Harding (JH) arrangement. Some problems arose here   because at different times the queens in each tower were superseded, resulting in some reduction in colony strengths and apparently less inclination for the bees to raise queens. We now believe that the queen excluders between […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]of the honey bee as a species. Evolution is ever continuing and drones are its agents.   * Tom Seeley in his book ‘The Lives of Bees’ (chapter 7 p. 158 - 9) estimates that a colony living in the wild produces on average about 7500 drones in a season. Given the short lifespan of the summer bees, a colony […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]be an endless number of ways of rearing queens, including the Miller, Hopkins, Alley, Harden and Harding methods.  Although sometimes seen as a black 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 […]
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