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Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]to their mother queen), and those drones being numerous, the chances of one or more of them mating with any queen that happened by a congregation would therefore be increased, thus passing those ‘many-drones’ genes on to the next generation. That new generation would then produce many drones again and those, having the advantage of numbers, would once again dominate […]

Let’s Go Beekeeping!

[…]Preparing supers for extraction; Removing unwanted food from brood combs; Making up a two frame nuc; Roger’s inspection kit; cold or warm way?; Protecting a queen cell; Assembling national frames and boxes; and, most recently, the Toggle hive strap. For three days, except for a change of clothes, this is how we were dressed. The bees were a delight. Like […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]Closures I am in the process of making some wooden mating nucs that are part of a system that is a different concept of producing queens than the usual methods. I will explain the method later, but I had a need for some sort of entrance closure other than the usual grass. The most suitable was the round enclosures, that […]

BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter

[…]a second apiary where we keep the drone hives.  This way, we try to control (as best we can) the mating of our queens. Its possible the mating apiary was over stocked last year for the available forage.  So this year we have decided to limit the number of full hives to 2 starter/finisher hives and 2 queen castles housing […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]colonies). Transfer larvae from the selected breeder queen. Distribute queen cells (or queens) to mating nuclei. Distribute mated queens. Most methods involve converting a full-sized colony into a cell raiser by either removing the queen or by physically separating the cell-raising portion of the colony from the queen.   In contrast, in the Vorstman method, the cell raiser is produced by […]
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NatBIP News No9

[…]Programme Who can participate in NatBIP? One of the mating nucs at the Special Apiary Project at Sandringham. NatBIP is appropriate for all beekeepers from the very small-scale to large-scale commercial beekeepers. Everyone can contribute and make a difference. We accept that everyone’s starting position is different, but we start with the bees in our area. The principal rule is […]

November 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]evaluation of colonies. In practice, the Landesverband Dunkle Biene Bayern e.V. has the use of a mating station in Bavaria to produce pure bred queens. This is operated by our first Chairman, Armin Lochner. Assessments of colonies with queens mated here in 2021 were so positive that the number of drone colonies in 2022 was increased to 30 colonies with […]

NatBIP News No5

[…]Distribute sealed cells (that is 1 week + 3 days after grafting) to incubator, or queenless nucs/mininucs. NB: Sealed cells can be removed to incubator, earlier but young pupae in queen cells are quite delicate and should be handled carefully. Day 15-17       Queen cells will hatch. If in incubator, feed with honey:water mix 1:1 and distribute asap Queens will start […]

East Midlands 1998

[…]year we had more queen cells that failed to hatch than in previous years. As we take our nucs 70 miles to our mating site, it is a lot of wasted time and effort if the queens fail to emerge. We did use an incubator some years ago, and we still have two in working condition. We plan to use […]

Recommended YouTube Videos

There are a lot of beekeeping videos online. Some are excellent, with factual and sound information featuring good, knowledgeable and experienced beekeepers. Unfortunately 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 […]

NatBIP News No3

[…]If there are several cells and the colony is a reasonable size, it could be split into 2 or more nucs and queen cells cut out and added to nucs, as necessary. Improving the temperament in one’s bees is often ignored but it should be the first quality to be tackled. In less than 4 weeks a new queen should […]

BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens

[…]into Italy despite these EU regulations. The largest number of imports of package bees and/or nucs brought into the UK since 2014 until leaving the EU in 2020 each year were from Italy. (National Bee Unit stats here). Continual importation is likely to harm the efforts of beekeepers who are seeking to select bees for natural resilience to varroa. Locally […]
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Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]of standard. *To assess this score, the strength going into winter may need to be assessed. A nuc will probably be weaker in spring than full-size colony. Main Table Some columns can be assessed at each inspection, but others need only be used when appropriate. 2021: Date of inspection Insp. by: Inspected by – useful if working in a group […]
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Webinars – Summary

Recordings of the majority of webinars are available on our YouTube Channel Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future programme. This is a listing of the Spring 2021 programme, with links to the […]