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Inspecting a new colony and adding a second brood chamber.

A live recording of an inspection of a new colony on plastic Medium sized frames and the addition of a second brood chamber. The bees had been transferred from a nuc hive to a full hive about a week before this inspection. At the same time they had been given about 5 litres of 1:1 sugar syrup in a full width rapid feeder. 

Date of recording: 9th September, 2010. 
Length of recording 3:26

Uniting a mini-nuc and full sized colony

Finding a hive queenless at the start of October is not good news but we had a spare queen to hand in a small mini-nuc to offer a solution to the problem. In this recording we introduce the new queen to the existing colony by simply adding the mini-nuc to the colony in an empty brood chamber. 

Date of recording: 2nd October, 2010.
Length of recording 4:00

Uniting and inspecting colonies

This is the full length version of the Podcast above and includes inspections of a number of other hives and nucs. To comply with file size limitations it has been recorded at a slightly lower quality level than the short version.

Date of recording: 2nd October, 2010. 
Length of recording 19:41

Shook swarms

A studio recording on how, why and when to carry out shook swarms. Shook swarms remain a slightly controversial technique but the experience of those who practice them is colonies will be stronger than those which have not been given a shook swarm.  Shook swarms are also a useful way of introducing bees into a new hive and this recording explains how to carry out a shook swarm plus some of the factors to be aware of such as feeding, timing and varroa control. 

Date of recording: 3rd October, 2010. 
Length of recording 10:29