First Club Hive

The sun’s arising in the east. Lo it brings light and the east perfume, and to the busy bee warmth and a new days work.

RBC have received its first club hive – courtesy of Joanna Exley. Joanna has a diploma in Horticulture and is off the Britain to take a up a position with Chelsea Gardens. Well done and good luck to Joanna. Saturday 3 May 2014 the work to move the hive was undertaken

I must add that Sue Beazley was kind enough to come and have a look at the hive and clear it for disease. Sue is Deca trained and has many years of Api-culture experience. Our thanks to Sue for her time.

The hive in question was long and rather higher than comfort dictates. 28 Langstroth frames with good honey supplies and 4 frames of brood. We found the queen and she looks good.  Peter McNab, Paul and Alison Evans and Claudebee opened the hive and moved all suitable frames into standard supers. A new experience for both Paul and Alison which they handled with great aplomb.

The hive had not been treated for varroa and the dreaded mite could be seen attached to a young bee and in drone cells attached to drone larva. Treatment should be paramount in our attention to the hive. The standard supers were placed in the position of the now defunct long hive and the bees soon found their way into their new home. A highly satisfactory operation well executed by  Peter and Paul. Alison keep herself busy taking photos whilst Claudebee smoked the bees as needed.

Later that same day ( about 2000hrs, ) the hive was moved with great effort from Peter and Bruce Burgess to the club apiary site at 1333 Old North Road. A few stings were had in the process but no one complained.  The hive will be moved onto the club bases later this week –  (Tuesday 6 May) – Jason our Apiary Master will need to inspect the hive and varroa treatment put in place quickly.

The hive has only a temporary lid so a new lid needs to be manufactured and set in place.

All in all a highly satisfactory operation and a splendid start for the club apiary.


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