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    Agghhh - ignorance, ignorance: fondant question

    Many thanks Mellifera; you have read my OP absolutely correctly. I've run into ignorant T*****s on this website before and it looks sadly as if it still attracting them. I've always correctly balanced the honey I take off with that left for adequate winter feeding. I'm sure there is enough...
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    Agghhh - ignorance, ignorance: fondant question

    Been keeping bees for 50 years and because I'm not going to be around for the next month, I got a couple of 2.5kg fondant packs to put on. But I've never done fondant before and I suddenly realised when I went off just now to put it on that I didn't know what I was doing !! I've seen that I...
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    Another fondant question !

    Well, well, well - I've been keeping bees for 56 years on two separate sites and I've never had a bother with wind, nor ever thought about it. Interesting what you find out when you chat to other people. And you know what - I'll go away and come back in a month's time to find all hell let...
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    Another fondant question !

    You must all live in pretty exposed situations then - and I take it that strapping down means down to the ground ? I'm in central Scotland and it got up to force 9 here recently but I never considered that a bee-keeping hazard. What I didn't say at the beginning of this thread is that I've...
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    Another fondant question !

    <to replace the strap nice and tight> Ehh? - what strap ? And yes the crown board seal will be broken but the lid goes over the top of it.
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    Another fondant question !

    Many thanks TTLTB - that was a very valuable pointer on hefting. I could have done something with empty lifts, etc., but all the info was there. Nett result was definitely positive in that I was up to 20kg plus on both hives, and running out of lifting puff. The odd lady or two came out to...
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    Another fondant question !

    I've never used fondant before but it's been really too warm a winter for good over-wintering of bees and now I'm going to be away all March. So - I've read a couple of threads on fondant here, but would appreciate a comment or two on how much I need to apply. I'm in central Scotland with...
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    LimeWatch UK

    Took off 80 lbs from 2 hives last week; in terms of how cold it has been all summer in the east of Scotland I was astonished to find so much good capped honey. Even more astonished to find it is almost 100% lime. Rob
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    Queenless? Can someone confirm my diagnosis?

    I've picked up this thread, and I hope it's not against etiquette to express my not dissimilar problem in some else's thread, which I judged was approaching closure Two hives, poorly managed this year due to other pressures, and last Thursday when I was away my son reported a swarm, which...
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    Another moving bees question

    Thanks guys For the 'visible marker' I will find something large and white to screw above the entrances, and otherwise I'll just trundle each hive along sometime each warm morning - fortunately we seem to be getting good weather for the next week so that will help. Apart from the good weather...
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    Another moving bees question

    My apologies for yet another query on this topic - searching back threads gives all too many hits to find what I'm after. I do have to move the two hives now - garden area change from vegetables to decorative(!). The move is ~20 metres and I have a concrete path to do it on and a pair of...
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    Forward planning - queen replacement

    Thanks for that, Tim - it was as I vaguely remembered. I do have a top board in my inherited stocks that has openable slots - I do seem to remember that one of my old books recommended that the entrance for the top hive should be on a different face. What did throw me in your pdf document was...
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    Forward planning - queen replacement

    Thanks guys - 'Demaree' is a term from somewhere in the dim and distant past; I think I know the principles but will have to do a googling, unless someone here wants to give a chapter and verse somewhere. If I dig deep enough I might even be able to find an old BK'ing book in the dusty archives...
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    Forward planning - queen replacement

    I have two hives, one works well but has a queen that should be passed her sell by date next spring, and the other has a younger queen but she's lazy, or she produces lazy bees, as the brood area is never well filled and I get about half the yield of the good hive. How do I address this ? Both...
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    Bee sting desensitisation course

    I've been away from this forum for some while so didn't pick up on this very interesting thread until this evening - even then, having read the first 10 pages I mistakenly hit 'Last' and was glad that I had done so when I saw it was 28 pages long ! My condolences to those who have had to go...
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