What a weekend we had this week with the sun spliting the rocks, so being off work i decided to look inside hive no. 2, I got this hive in August last year as soon as i got it home and settled in place, i gave them some suger syrup to make sure they were well feed for there final haul of crops they were bringing in, i checked them thoughout the winter months on warmer days i would watch them to and from the hive, but didnt open the hive until last weekend, were i spotted my first problem, white patches like a bright mould had infected some of the brood area in the brood chamber, they seems to have 3 full frames of honey near the edges of the box, but the white chalk like substants only looks afected near the back of the box on about 4 brood frames, at the front enterance side of the chamber there is a small area on two frames with brood and a few laurve, but unfortuntly not much and only 200 – 400 bees in the hive. The Queen was spotted wondering around on non drawen comb, looking for cells in which too lay? i think so. I have put together this small video from my phone to show you, and next week i will show you what i have done to try and combat this problem which i believe is called Chalk Brood.
My second video on keeping irish bees, in this video we take a look at my second hive inspection since i got the hive, i also remove the queen bee excluder so the bees will get used to the super box that was put on the hive last week, next video we will look at the hive in more detail and will be replacing the queen excluder and a introduction to my second hive, enjoy the video.
Tags: irish bees, beehive, bee hive, black bee, native irish black bees, varroa, varroa mite, hive inspection, irishbees.com, beekeeping in ireland, bee keeping.
This site has just began and so have the videos that will be on here.