The first official Podcast. Always cringeworthy listening to yourself speak - way too many “ums” in there and I make a funny noise with my tongue pulling back from my teeth.. I’m doing it now, (attractive), to see how I can describe it but you’ll hear it soon enough and I hope it doesn’t annoy you as much as it does me. I will work on getting rid of that habit over the coming weeks.

It’s a start, and actually a good introduction to the world of beekeeping, describing to you how I performed a bailey comb change which is something most beekeepers will be doing at this time of year. If we do not do bailey comb changes then we do a shook swarm. I am not a fan of the shook swarm as it you lose brood and I think it’s a shock for the bees. Go to my blog where you will see a description of a shook swarm. Both of these methods are designed to allow our honeybees start the year a-fresh with new comb. Some people prefer to change the comb as and when they see it has become overused but this doesn’t rid the brood box of any disease. Performing a bailey comb change or shook swarm is a complete spring clean for the honeybees - it’s like throwing out all your old furniture, repainting and starting again!