cf, on 01 May 2012 - 09:29 AM, said:
I would never have spotted her ot
do you not mark your queens once youve identified them?
No I don't mark or clip my queens, just leave them as they are, on an allotment the beehive in never more that 6 ft from your neighbours working and digging either side, so I select for gentleness, quite on the comb, no following or attacking, mostly I never need to wear a veil or use gloves, if I did need to, the colony is not fit to be near other people working, when its warm in summer I tend to just wear a pair of shorts and sandals when going through the bees.
I used to go out with the bee inspector when I was younger, some of the colonies people kept were really nasty, ie were a gauntlets, two pairs of jeans and a boiler suit + veil job just to go near them, let alone look through them.
I personally think people should keep bees properly and manage them, if near habitation also maintain a gentle strain, a lot of the people we visited just had bees, they did not keep them, they put supers on in the spring and took them off in the autumn, the only time the brood was examined was every 3 or 4 years when the ministry inspector checked for brood disease.
I would have thought with the advent of varroa that this would have changed over time, I have taught literally hundreds of people beekeeping over the years, several are now fera FB inspectors, they tell me that it is still the same, they still go to apiaries full of attack bees, the brood has never been looked at and there are often 3 or 4 years worth of varroa strips still in the hives, these type of bee-havers apiaries are often a source of efb, afb and resistant mites.
Anyhow its nice to know uk420 has another beekeeper onboard. Ot1.
PS moved the bees into a full sized hive lunchtime, within 20 minutes there was pollen coming in.