This changeable weather can be very harmful to our bees, with some Bee Inspectors already reporting low levels of stores. It is the responsibility of the beekeeper to ensure that they have sufficient stores to see them through until better conditions allow them to forage in earnest again.
We need to establish the level of stores within the hive* and if necessary supplement them by feeding syrup** and /or pollen.
Please, do not allow colonies to dwindle or perish, when we can do something to stop it.
Welsh Beekeepers’ Association
Footnote from Pembrokeshire Beekeeper
* Do not let the level of stores fall below about 5 kg. To help with estimating, a BS deep frame full on both sides holds about 2 kg of stores – but of course stores will be spread across several frames.
** A “weak” syrup mixture should be fed 1:1 by weight is a good compromise and easy to remember.
Best Practice Downloads from Beebase which may be helpful:
The Welsh Beekeepers Association’s website is undergoing a redesign under a new professional web designer. An interim version is now online at wbka.com.
If you are a beekeeper in Wales the WBKA want your suggestions for the final website.
Have a look and let them have your ideas using the link on the home page.
Some suggestions to generate ideas:
+ When you last visited the website, did you find what you wanted?
+ What would you like to see on the website?
+ What should be on the WBKA website and Association websites?
Visit http://wbka.com/ now.
Oil Seed Rape (OSR) is very topical as it is the first major crop of the year and if not already in flower may be coming to a field near you.
Have a look at our guide to dealing with the harvest and avoid the potential problems OSR can bring and get the most from the harvest.
Prices paid for bees at today’s PBKA Auction of bees and equipment were as follows.
Bees on frames
2 frames brood – £88
3 frames brood – £125 to £140
4 frames brood – £150 to £175
5 frames brood – £155 to £190
8 frames brood – £205
bees in nucs or hives
Nat hives 4/5 frames brood – £200 to £240
Nuc with 2 1/2 frames brood – £150
WBC – 6 super frames brood – £205
WBC – 1/2 frame brood – £130