The Old Beekeeper

Hello and welcome.

I was collecting a swarm, in mid June this year(2018), and one of the people watching, a very nice gentleman originally from India, asked me if I sold my honey. I said I did but I didn't have any on me at the time. He then asked me if I had a website. I said I didn't, well I didn't at the time..

I've been keeping bees since 2009 and have 4 sites or Apiaries and have at any one time between 10 and 30 colonies divided between hives and nucleus boxes.

I run Langstroth format colonies, named after the late 19th Century beekeeper, Lorenzo Langstroth,who first produced a box based on the earlier work of Johann Dzierzon who identified what is commonly called "Bee Space", the gap that bee naturally space their combs apart, and François Huber who invented the first movable frames. Currently all my full size hives are Western Red Cedar, but I would like to move to high density polystyrene, as it has significant thermal advantages, which significantly benefit the bees both in the cold of winter and the heat of summer.

I'm based in Bracknell in Berkshire and am a BBKA (British Beekeeping Association)Registered Swarm Collector

About Bees

The Honey Bee :- Apis Melifera

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The exact amount of honey I have at any given time is generally a function of last years season. It is also a function of how productive each of my 4 apiaries was.
This means that I can have 4 distinct honies available as I generally extract and store by apiary
The type of honey, set or runny, I have also depends on the time of year, and my ability to heat treat the honey (most of my honey is naturally set due to the forage type - see below).

Honey in the hive is natuarally runny, although certain types of nectar, which the bees turn into honey by evaporating the water content, will set rapidly if the temperature in the hive drops - such as in winter. Nectars which exhibit this behaviour are Oil Seed Rape, Blackberry, Sweet Chestnut, and Ivy.

In the past three years none of my apiaries have been near Oil Seed Rape, and any Ivy nectar they collect are theirs for the winter. However, all of my bees are near large areas of Sweet Chestnut and Blackberries, so my honey is by nature set, except when first extracted or unless I heat treat it.

Heat treating honey requires care and a thermostatically controlled environment. The honey, usually in either jars or buckets, is placed in a thermostatically heated cabinet at 46oC for 48 hours. This changes it's molecular structure and it becomes liquid - at least for a while.

The current price for Honey is £5 for a 1lb(454g) jar. I can deliver in a 1 mile radius of the Horse and Groom Public house, Bracknell, RG12 9RB, otherwise you'll need to collect. I do not post honey unless you want 10 or more jars and then you will be required to pay postage and packing (No Overseas shipments - Sorry). UPS is the only carrier who will carry honey and the P&P (2018 cost) is £17 for UK Mainland (Highlands and Islands will be more)- based on 10 jars supplied.
The current price for Beeswax is £1.50 per Oz

To Order Honey:- Email beekeeper@azer.co.uk with a subject of "Honey Order"
To Order Beeswax:- Email beekeeper@azer.co.uk with a subject of "Beeswax Order"

Buy Nucleus Colonies

As every beekeeper knows the reproductive cycle of the honey bee is to swarm. Now generally to the beekeeper this is a bad thing, for two reasons

  1. You lose half of your production capability for 4 weeks meaning you miss the main honey flow


  2. In an urban environment they are a hazzard both because they take up residence in awkward places, and they frighten people not used to bees


Beekeepers therefore attempt to manage this process via a mechanism of artificial swarming or splits.
Since I generally have between 10 and 16 "production" colonies I invariable have a number of splits or nucleus colonies every year that are surplus to requirements.
Since the majority of the UK does not run Langstroth format hives, 95% of the rest of the world does, I convert some of my splits into National format, either Std National or 14x12 (which is what 50% of my local BBKA Association uses).

On average, by late June, I will typically have 2 Langstroth, 1 Std National, and 1 14x12, 5 frame Nucleus colonies available for sale.

The current price for a5 frame nucleus is £90
To Order or check the availability of a Nucleus:- Email beekeeper@azer.co.uk with a subject of "Nucleus Enquiry". Please state the format you are looking for.

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