The Candidate will ensure the following equipment is ready prior to the Assessment, for inspection by the Assessor, and ready for immediate use:
Three Honey Production Colonies of honeybees.
One Nucleus Colony of honeybees.
Sufficient spare equipment:
|for preparing colonies for moving elsewhere;||Travel screens, straps, entrance closers|
|for feeding the colonies;||Feeders, sugar syrup(?)|
|for queen introduction; for queen marking and clipping;||Scissors, pens, queen cage|
|for swarm collection.||Skep, cloth, tape,|
|for undertaking the Bailey Comb change system.||New brood box, new foundation|
|Honey and wax processing and packing equipment.||Kitchen set up as per extracting, bottling.|
|A minimum of 3 jars of liquid and 3 jars of set honey, labelled as for sale|
|Blocks of wax suitable for retail sale|
|Personal protective equipment.||Bee suit, gloves, wellies, washing soda.|
|to produce an artificial swarm;||New brood box, new foundation, floor, roof, stand|
The Candidate shall have in hand at the time of the assessment, a queen rearing procedure underway to demonstrate the Candidate’s ability to rear queens suitable for the needs of the apiary
For a small number of hives in an apiary it might me making up nucs is sufficient for rearing new queens – or artificial swarm techniques like the pagden or snelgrove.
For more queens then other kit will be needed. I am planning to have a go at grafting this year and using mini nucs.