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For Sale » Swindon Honeybee Conservation Group

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 IT’s TWENTY CHEMICAL-FREE YEARS 1995/2015

Since I stopped using chemicals to control Varroa my bees survive — No winter losses for many years.

In 2015 our New Queens are likely to be in demand due to their latest Varroa Hygienic qualities. They are bred from some of our most hygienic colonies. Some may be Instrumentally Inseminated.  We will use some ourselves to replace older failing queens or to increase the levels of hygiene. We need to sell some queens in order to spread their hygienic qualities for the benefit of all honeybees and their minders. The money we get is to be used to conduct further research.

We see very little signs of Deformed Wing Virus (DWV). Our bees appear able to protect themselves. As this is not understood we will be conducting a variety of breeding trials this season.

With this in mind we may not be selling single queens as normal but as a package instead; each queen with some accompanying bees as a small nucleus. (depicted below)

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‘SWINDON F1 QUEENS’  VARROA TOLERANT HONEYBEES

The Queen and accompanying bees, now being supplied in a Kieler Mini-nuke, will have been bred from bees showing a very high degree of hygienic behaviour, i.e. “Bees which groom adult varroa mites off each other and also uncapping, removing and discarding young bee pupae from the cells where varroa are actively breeding”

To those who buy these bees from us we suggest that a frame of drone comb or foundation is added when hiving up or uniting with a colony. This will encourage the production of drones which may add their hygienic genes to the local gene-pool during mating. 

We ask the new keeper to refrain from the use of Chemicals or Drone-culling as a means of varroa control; these bees should be able to look after themselves though the young queens will be untested. Though she will have been laying fertilized eggs before shipment she will not have been assessed for her hygienic qualities.

Hygienic “SWINDON F1 QUEEN BEE”

These Queens, when available, will be later in the season as they will have been assessed for their hygienic qualities. This will entail the regular examination of her colony to assess grooming and/or uncapping behaviour. A record will be kept and shipped with the queen. They will obviously be a bit more expensive.

We do have a waiting list but always welcome new customers who appear interested in wanting to become “chemical-free”. We welcome open discussion about our methods of assessment which can be easily adopted. We do not lose bees to Varroa. We do not need to cull drones or need to make shook swarms. Our chemical free bees need little further help from us; they cope with varroa on their own.

We would like have feedback from the new owners about their new queens performance. It is hoped that the queen was purchased so that chemical varroa control would no longer be needed. By reading My Research page the collecting and examination of mites is explained.

Varroa-control Chemicals used by some beekeepers may cause their bees to become reliant on both chemical and beekeeper, forever. They may not survive if not treated.

Ours have no such problem.

Queen Rearing

NEW UPGRADED KIELER QUEEN MATING HIVE

We are selling brand new, never used, Kieler Queen Mating Mini Hives to which we have made some modifications to improve their functionality. The Kieler mini-nuc were the best even before we modified them. Now with our improvements they are far superior to all others; and cheaper than many.

We use Kieler mini hives in our own Varroa Tolerant Queen Breeding programs.

It soon became obvious to us there was room for some improvements.

The Kieler hives we are selling have been improved by us to benefit the user (and their bees) though are still new having never been used

The improvements include:

Picture 1Four frames, pre-fitted with approx. 20mm starter strip of Australian Premium Grade Foundation. The foundation is totally free of miticide residues. Frame top bars are ‘waisted’ to permit the insertion of a queen cell or queen cage. Two extra frames may be fitted when the feeder is removed once feeding is no longer needed.
 

Picture 2Picture 3Workers often attached their new comb to the hive side walls so our frames are now fitted with angled side-bars to suit the hive shape and deter bees attaching comb to the walls.
 

 

Picture 4We find that liquid sugar feed is better than candy at getting the starter comb drawn quickly. In the past some of our young queens were drowned after getting into the feeder. The feeders are now fitted with a queen excluder to prevent this happening.
 

 

Picture 6Picture 7Another problem we had when the bees were busy and lots of bees were trying to get in and out, sometimes when removing a dead bee carcass or two. The small entrance can easily become blocked and bees die there, especially when made even smaller when the entrance disc is set to the queen excluder position. The exit design prevented workers clearing it. The rear of the exit has now been removed by us to enable workers to keep it clear.
Picture 8A laminated Queen Record Card to record up to six queens being mated is attached to the inside of the lid. A fine point permanent ink pen may be used for recording the queen’s details. Methylated spirit or similar will remove such ink when new records are needed.
 

 

Picture 9Picture 10Picture 11A hinged plastic inner cover is fitted to prevent bees flying during interior observations. A separate flap is fitted over the feeder to allow syrup top-up using a small funnel. A second flap over the frames will allow a queen cell to be inserted.
ABSTRACT: The selling of these hives and other bee related items is to raise funds for the benefit of the Swindon Honeybee Conservation Group whose bees have not been chemically treated to control Varroa for 20 years. SHCG bees are now able to control Varroa numbers by grooming, also by the uncapping then removal of pupae from mite infested cells. The bees are very healthy and do not have the DWV virus.

Due to the demand for these Bees and Queens there is a need to increase the facility which needs money.

Your purchase will help.

Buy it now for £29.50 with 4 frames £31.00 with 6 frames

Extra frames available

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Pollen Capsules

It is said that eating local honey may help those who suffer with hay fever. As I do not suffer I cannot confirm it works, however, I do know that honey contains a minimal amount of pollen. Each jar will usually contain only a small range of pollen’s from flowers the bees work for quite a short period before the beekeeper takes the honey for processing. The next batch of honey will contain a new range of different pollen’s from later flowering plants. The beekeeper may also fine-filter the extracted honey to remove any particles of beeswax and to make the honey very clear. This will also remove some pollen grains.

We at SHCG collect the pollen loads from the bees as they return to the hive. We mix a whole seasons collection and make size ‘0’ vegetarian capsules with it. These are packed and sold in lots of 31 as one month’s supply at one per day. This way you can be sure that each capsule will have some pollen of the seasons mixture. Capsules do not contain some tree or grass pollen’s as bees do not collect nectar or pollen from some varieties

Beeswax

Beeswax Ingots and blocks of various sizes are available. These have many uses — too many to list. Just email us your requirements and we should be able to satisfy your needs.

For more information contact Ron Hoskins on 01793 525364, 07737 400 515 or email Ron at ron@honeybee1.org.uk or swindonbeeman@gmail.com