• Bee on Hammer

    Beekeeping jobs February

    February really is a great month for beekeeping! There is no stress, no pressure, yet the anticipation is building ahead of the first hive inspection in a few weeks’ time at the end of March or beginning of April, depending on the weather gods. Don’t be fooled though, there are still lots of beekeeping jobs …

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  • Beeswax – how do bees make it?

    Honeybees produce beeswax to provide storage for honey and pollen within the hive and to rear new bees. It is anti fungal and anti bacterial and has very many uses. Beeswax is a common ingredient in everyday items such as cosmetics and grooming products, soaps, pharmaceuticals, food, arts and crafts, musical instruments and their maintenance, woodcare and leather care products.

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  • Refractometer

    Honey Refractometer – All you need to know

    There are many honey refractometers available on the market, most are portable and easy to use. There are both analogue and digital instruments available, ranging in price from around twenty Euros to several hundred and even thousands for laboratory style pieces.

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  • cleaned beehive frames airing

    Cleaning beehive frames and equipment

    Clean frames and comb are nicer to use than old, dirty ones. But that is not the reason we should endeavour to keep our frames clean and the comb fresh. Both frames and comb, as well as other hive equipment, can harbour a wide range of organisms known to negatively impact honeybees.

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  • Bee on Pollen

    Pollen – benefits for bees & humans

    Pollen is an extremely important part of honeybee nutrition and provides bees with proteins, vitamins, lipids, and minerals. The protein in pollen makes up most of the protein consumed by the bees and the many amino acids therein are vital for numerous functions in the bees’ bodies. The amino acids are classified into two groups: …

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  • bees, pollen and nectar

    Feeding honeybees, what’s the buzz?

    Early on in my beekeeping days I received a text-message from an acquaintance who had bought a year’s supply of honey from me. It went something like this:
    ‘Hanna, can you swear, hand on heart, that your honey is not just sugar water that you have fed to your bees?’

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  • Softset Honey

    Soft set honey – what is it and how is it made?

    It is often said that the Irish prefer clear, runny honey, and while this may be true, many of us foreigners prefer granulated or soft set honey. It might be a cultural thing, influenced by the type of forage available and the cuisine of different parts of the world, but there is definitely a growing taste for ‘different’ honey here, including soft set honey be it multi- or monofloral.

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