11 April 2011

Absolute Bee-ginner

Newly installed are four stands, bedded into the ground in order to avoid any mishaps, to support, ultimately, eight beehives. These have to be no less than half a yard apart, so that the bees from each hive don't get confused and seek to enter the wrong one.

For the moment there are four hives, of the National variety - the traditional 'stepped' hive is known as the WBC (William Broughton Carr). They face broadly east and southeast, to catch the morning sun. At this point the hives consist of a brood chamber only, although one has two such. Above these will ultimately be the supers, from which the queen is excluded and in which the workers will store honey.

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