Because I sell honey people would ask me “why don’t I make mead?”
My response was always I don’t have the equipment to make it.After hearing this question one too many times I decided to see if people would put their money where their mouth is.I made an appeal for about ten people to stump up £10 so I could by fermentation equipment.
15 people donated £10 and I bought fermentation equipment.
I thought I would do a video showing how to assemble Maisemore’s flat back polystyrene brood box, see how this poly brood box fits with existing wooden equipment. I also transfer a colony of honey bees from a polystyrene nucleus hive to my newly assembly poly brood box and poly roof.
In this video we introduce new chickens to our existing flock, we discover the pecking order and train the new chickens on how to use Grandpas Feeder (Treadle Feeder).
We were kindly give four chicken by our neighbours who are moving abroad. We collected them in a box one evening and decide to put them in the coop just before the existing flock went to roost. We discovered the pecking order and we trained the new chickens on how to use Granpas Feeder.
Today, the new and old chickens are now much friendlier to each other but I am sure in the coming months they will be one happy flock.
This video is commemorates the Summer Solstice Sunrise at White Horse Hill.White Horse Hill has a carving of a horse, the chalk geography gives the Horse its white appearance.Some say the horse is not a horse but a cat!
White Horse Hill is near Uffington, Oxfordshire, England.
Wearing my clogs I journey around White Horse Hill.Much of the land is owned by the National Trust and the public can wonder around to their hearts content.There is parking available nearby.
The Summer Solstice Sunrise ritual was performed by a pagan group on Dragon Hill.Dragon Hill is a mound which is adjacent to White Horse Hill.
As a beekeeper, do you ever get annoyed when your smoker goes out? It always seems to happen when you need it most. I have made a video on how to keep your smoker going and this video will give you some great advice on how to keep your smoker going.
As background:- by smoker I mean a beekeeping smoker, (sometimes called a bee smoker) which is used to control honey bees when inspecting a hive.Many beekeepers experience problems with their smokers going out, and for a beekeeper, keeping their smoker going during a hive inspection is really important.I describe the principles behind making smoke, my choice of smoker fuel, I show how I modified my smoker to improve its performance, how I light a smoker and talk about keeping the smoker’s air ways clear.
I was called out to collect a swarm which was at the top of a tall conifer tree. I was able to take some, but not all, of the honeybees and I placed them in a nucleus hive. I think I was hoping that I might have got the Queen bee. I took the nucleus hive back home.
To my shock and surprise, the next day I was greeted with a swarm of bees congregating on pieces of beekeeping equipment I had left on my wood bunker. The swarm had followed me home! Whilst the notion of bees turning up at the beekeeper’s house and making use of an accidental hive is a kind of serendipity, it does pose the question where should I put them because they couldn’t stay on the wood bunker. Find out more by watching my latest video.