A Letter From Burgundy

November 22, 2016

Bees at Les Volets Verts

Filed under: Bees,Honey,Les Volets Verts,Uncategorized — Lesley @ 12:07

Grandson kitted up and ready to help!Grandson kitted up ready to helpThe update on the bees as promised. In June of this year we purchased a small colony, complete with queen, from a beekeeper in the Morvan National Park. They arrived in a dadant box which we placed on top of our top bar hive and transferred five bars of comb and bees to the top bar. This way the bees were still able to access the dadant but only through the entrance of the top bar. We left the bees for a week to settle down and then checked on them. There was new comb and brood so we knew the Queen was alive and well. We brushed the bees gently into our top bar and put a Queen excluder under the dadant so we would be able to see next time whether she was in the top bar or left behind with the stragglers in the dadant. We saw her on our next inspection in the top bar and removed the dadant. We were very happy and more importantly we had happy bees who seemed to like their new home!
We fed them sugar water from late summer onwards to help them build enough comb and make enough honey to see them through the winter. We put in a total of 15 kilos of sugar (which is a very large amount of sugar water put in on a daily basis)!
We have thoroughly enjoyed watching our busy bees coming and going this summer and hope they survive the winter well. Next year we will set up the dadant box as a fully functioning hive and we are looking forward to comparing the two very different ways of bee keeping.

Job well done !

Job well done !