Placed a rhombus clearer board beneath the super, so that the bees would escape into
the brood box, but not be able to get back in. Having bought the plastic rhombus
device, I found that it had cleared the bees within 24 hours again.
Removed the super after using a rhombus clearer board last night. It worked a treat,
not a single bee in the super.
Extracted the heather honey which the bees had been collecting. I thought that most
of it would be blossom honey so was okay to use a normal extractor to remove it.
Consequently, lesson learnt, some of the frames just collapsed in the extractor with
the weight of the heather honey. I had read up about extracting heather honey, but
I thought that much of it would be blossom, so would give it a go in the extractor.
As I used a straining cloth, I realised how much heather was in the honey, once I
had squeezed out the honey and was left with the heather residue. The honey is a
much darker colour and slightly cloudy, tastes fab too.
Managed to extract 4lbs in the end. The rest of the frames, I just gave back to
the bees to clear up and removed them a week later, beautifully back to wax frames.
Such clever bees.
Attended the bee group uniting and winter feeding session. We had some of our newer
member attending which was great to see.
Watched a more experienced beekeeper check all of the KCBG hives which was fascinating
to watch, from new members to those who have been in the group for over a year.
Learnt that our bees must be prepared for the Winter and to feed a sugar syrup solution
of 2:1 with water. Personally, I use Ambrosia as some beekeepers, like myself, prefer
to give the bees a food source they do not have to work too hard for. (Ambrosia
is inverted, whereas a sugar syrup solution is made from granulated sugar and this
is not inverted, in other words, the bees have to work harder to invert this). From
my own point of view, if I have taken off the honey, I prefer to give them something
good instead. (ADBKA members can buy the Ambrosia for a very good price from the
Crathes apiary on Sunday mornings. This is where I bought mine as it is much cheaper
than online, e.g. £15 per 12.5kg tub)