Hive visits in 2016: Ramping up for Spring!

The first hive visit of 2016 was on 13 January, when a few intrepid beekeepers braved the cold, windy conditions on the Connaught House roof for one of our rare winter visits.

Bees don’t like being inspected in winter. They keep the hive interior at a toasty 27° C, and every time we open a hive, it brings the temperature down. Still we do need to inspect them occasionally for their own good, to make sure they are not falling prey to varroa mites or any of the umpteen other evils which await the unwary beekeeper.

The second visit (scheduled for 27 January) was cancelled due to rain, which the bees probably knew about beforehand. Instead, we rescheduled it for 3 February – here are some photos from that visit.

Using a bee smoker to calm the bees before inspection

Using a bee smoker to calm the bees before inspection

The painted hive is currently the most active

The painted hive is currently the most active

Scraping the 'bottom board' to clean it (and check for the evil varroa mites)

Scraping the ‘bottom board’ to clean it (and check for the evil varroa mites)

From March, we’ve been having weekly hive visits (Wednesdays at 2:30 pm). The first March visit was in glorious sunshine; the second day was cold and rainy, so not the most memorable visit ever!

A photo from the 2 March visit

A photo from the 2 March visit

Our next visit is scheduled for 16 March. Hope to see you there!

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