Shook Swarming talk, Sunday 14 Feb

 Over recent years, neighbouring association Pinner and Ruislip have developed a strategy that includes regular shook swarming. That is a vigorous transfer of the colony to new frames and foundation each spring, as opposed to the gradual approach of a Bailey comb change or informal rotation of brood frames every 3 or 4 years. It has been recognised for many years that shook swarms have benefits of removing pathogens in the comb; it is one of the treatments available to Bee Inspectors to treat EFB. Alan Husbands is the Education Officer of P&RBKA and will be talking about the pros and cons at the next Sunday training session (14 Feb) at the apiary starting at 11am and in plenty of time if you want to consider the procedure for your colonies this year.