Archive for the ‘Beekeeping’ Category
Saturday, October 12th, 2013
We shall be tending our Bees using approved Organic methods but sadly, due to our location we will never be able to class our Honey, Beeswax or other Bi-Products of the hive as fully Organic due to much of our surrounding area, where our bees will inevatably forage, not being Organic.
Our Geese, Chickens-Eggs, Sheep, Vegetables and Fruit will become certified fully Organic in the near future.
Monday, March 25th, 2013
This is a critical time for your bees. With the latest bad weather coming at a time when the Queen may have started to lay, a shortage of food could prove disastrous for the colony. If an opportunity arises to be able to check the colony for stores, without opening up, but by hefting, do so and feed syrup if they seem short. If in doubt, a small feed would be better than none, if they take it down quickly they need it and you could give more as required. Recipes for making syrup are on this blog and we also have plenty of ‘ApiInvert’ in stock.
Another good idea is to make sure that some water, unfrozen, is close to the colony should they need it. Place in a shallow tray of pebbles to avoid the bees drowning.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
We have now a large stock of both Apifonda Bee Fondant and Api-Invert Bee Syrup in stock.
So, if you don’t want to make your own as described previously, check our webpage: visit page or give us a call for our best prices.
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
There are two basic syrup mix consistencies, thick, most suitable for Autumn (Fall) feeding, which will be stored, and thin, most suitable for Spring feeding which will be consumed without storing.
2 kg Granulated Cane Sugar
1 ltr Water
1 kg Granulated Cane Sugar
1 ltr Water
Put the sugar in a large container. Bring the water to the boil and pour over the sugar, stir until completely dissolved.
A sprig of fresh Thyme added to the syrup and left in the feeder will aid in avoiding any mould growth should the syrup not be consumed/used straight away.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
This method is quite expensive to make but is quick and easy if an urgent need is required to feed your colonies.
1 tsp Glycerine
5 tbls Water
1 tbls Glucose Syrup
1 tsp Cooking Oil
250g Icing Sugar (More if mixture is a bit too wet)
Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly until smooth, knead for a few minutes, adding more sugar if it feels a little too wet.
Roll out into a pate onto some greaseproof paper and place on top of the frames, paper on top.