Beekeepers are so good at helping each other, either on the ground (Olwyn has been a star to me the last week or so) or online where there are blogs from comparative newbies like me or those who are much more knowledgeable. I don’t always have the time to read and concentrate on a topic at the time. I’ve been meaning to go back to this one – and to share it with others – for some while.
I am useless at spotting queens which is why the title/ introduction caught my eye ‘The overnight split is a good choice if you are unable to find your queen but you want to know where she is after the split is complete. The downside is that it takes two days to complete.’
Then underneath were links to all sorts of exciting sounding splits – such as the Mississippi. Definitely one for later. I find with some of these complex manipulations I need to almost physically go through the steps – perhaps with models / blocks – so I can fully take it in board. Must be age that makes it harder for me to grasp ideas and fix them in the brain. This came shortly after Rusty had mentioned a ventilated roof and I see she now has in the pipeline some plans. Rusty is based in the US but I find that her words of wisdom are always pertinent – when things are done differently it is good to think why – and then why shouldn’t we adopt that here. Sometimes it is more consistent weather that allows different processes but at other times it is almost just tradition. One of Rusty’s contacts has also been sending information about commercial beekeeping in the antipodes – Australia and New Zealand. All very informative.