Hmmm what went wrong?
I’ve been very vigilant as a new beekeeper or so I thought. All the weekly inspections, the care and attention to those little ladies has been nothing but an insight to the mind of a women and what they will do just to annoy you. Does this sound familiar gents? Sorry ladies but you really are an enigma to us lesser mortals at times.
Now to the bees. I have inspected regularly as you are taught and followed the manual as you would expect from a new beekeeper but you are told that they don’t read the same books as us. Oh how true! Apiary number 1 all good two supers on each of the four hives filling nicely with the amber nectar that we hold in the highest of regard.
Apiary number 2 started the season with 8 hives now down to 4 of which 2 are very weak so what went wrong? Probably too many in one place, too many swarms then castes then no queens. Lesson learnt when taking on such a hobby don’t run before you can walk. Second lesson learnt take more time when doing inspections on such a large amount of hives and listen to the people that know!! I met a lovely man who is a down sizing his colonies to only 20 from 100+ and he gave me some great tips, next season I will be following his advise. I’m not going to go I to. It as I have yet to get it right in my own head, but he did say to call him anytime. He may regret that offer. Thanks Nick you know who you are I really appreciate the ideas. As far as apiary number 3 goes all seems well with one hive with 3 snipers on and filling nicely. I suppose when you look at what I have achieved this year so far it’s not a bad effort and you know what I really love this hobby even when I get it wrong.