Monday, July 31, 2017

Thank you for being here!

Apiary Book is now a community of tens of thousands of beekeepers, and I am so glad that you're part of it.

Thanks for being part of this big family!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bee Colonies Strength

The strength of a bee colony is given by:
- the number of frames covered by bees
- the number of combs of capped brood and 
- the quantity of honey reserves (in kg).

"The population of a bee colony is not static and varies with the season of the year. 

A colony of bees will have a low population, approximately 10,000 to 15,000 early in the season (January and February), and will grow to 30,000 to 60,000 bees in the peak breeding season (spring and midsummer). 

In early spring, a colony with 5 -7 frames covered with bees and at least 4 frames of brood is a strong colony, where one with 3 or 4 frames covered with bee is weak. 

On the other hand, in the peak breeding season a strong colony will have 10 -15 frames covered with bees and minimally six combs with brood, and have many foragers flying in and out as well as honey and pollen stores, whilst a colony with 5 -7 frames covered with bees, with e.g. 3 frames of small brood would be weak."

Above info is extracted from the document "Equalization of Bee Colonies Strength" by Khalil Hamdan.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Check In

You can use Check In to tell your friends you're at apiary, ready to begin some beekeeping works.

1. Open Apiary Book application
2. From Dashboard, press on Check In tile
3. Choose the app to which you want to share (WhatsApp, Facebook, Gmail, Messaging)
4. Choose the person you want to send the text
5. The text will contain your name, apiary, location and a Google Maps address
Bogdan Iordache just checked in to Apiary 1, Starchiojd, RO -,26.199271
6. Sent it!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Assistant - bee queens

The Assistant helps you to identify important information related to apiary and offers advises.

The Assistant analyse the hatch/birth year of the queens.

  • if the queen is two years old - plan to replace queen next year
  • if the queen is over two years old - replace queen, unify beehives

DISCLAIMER: These advises are solutions taken from beekeeping best practices and are not promises or guarantees for success.