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    Sugar Prices

    Thanks Strength_10 - appreciate the pointer. I only had one view to go on!!
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    Sugar Prices

    Silver spoon is beet sugar (UK) not cane sugar (elsewhere, hot!) - I've read somewhere that beet sugar may not be a good choice for feeding bees. Any comments or experience?
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    Hivemakers Thymol recipe (see sticky post)

    Same sources - no delays!
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    Hivemakers Thymol recipe (see sticky post)

    I made the emulsified mix last night - no problems in doing it but the smell really hangs about!! Recommend you put the extractor on full blast and keep the windows open! Dispose of any paper towels used to clear up as well!
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    eco bees recycling propolis(photos)

    Just superb!
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    Signs of Autumn

    Dead drones outside the hives
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    I'll let you know if the supplier tells me what their antecedents are
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    Are you feeding during the honey flow or are they empty?
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    If this is typical, I hope mine aren't F2s - I bought them to requeen hives that were 'unhappy'. Are suppliers obliged to provide details of provenance now that EFB and AFB are starting to spread?
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    That's what I thought - I'm waiting to hear where they are from and hoping they'll improve with age!!
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    Thanks for the reassurance Victor - many beekeeper round here are suggesting that other remedies (Apivar life?) are effective when Apistan is not. I would have preferred to use varroa stick which hasn't got the nasties of some of the others, but the infestation was severe
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    Apart from feeding them, and putting the Apistan on (they seemed docile then), I haven't moved any of the frames. I know they are laying because new bees are appearing at the entrance to learn to fly
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    Yup - there hasn't been much opportunity for them to get out, although we have a lot of new clover and they've been flying today
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    I did not touch the frames - only put a fast feeder on the top with a couple of battens to stop crushing any, so they hadn't anything to worry about!
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    Buckfast bees nature?

    I bought them online and I'm waiting for the supplier to tell me where they're from
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