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    A little help please

    They have swarmed about 10 times over this period. Guaranteed. Swarms take about 5 minutes to leave the apiary, and if you aren't there during that 5 minutes, and don't inspect frames, you'd never know. That's one reason why they done well I suspect - lots of brood breaks! EDIT: They would...
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    School Children Visits to an Apiary

    Insist on significant numbers of adult guardians (teachers, whatever) attending with the children.
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    Hefting and winter stores

    To be fair, it's a myth that is repeated by a lot of quite respected beekeepers (Stewart does it in his video above, for example!). To be exact, heads in cells IS what bees do when they are starving, to glean the final bits of nectar available to them. But it's also what they do when in...
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    Hefting and winter stores

    Stewart says starvation in this colony that looks very similar in terms of stores distribution to Newbeeneil's :) Who knows though
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    Hefting and winter stores

    You may well be right. But then again, stores which are 3 frames away, sideways, may as well not exist in a cold snap, if there is brood that the cluster can't move away from. And the stores on the frame they are on sound minimal, and only in the corners, so not necessarily really accessible...
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    Hefting and winter stores

    Many thanks.
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    Hefting and winter stores

    Putting fondant directly on the frames helps. But at the end of the day, when it's really cold bees cluster on and in the cells of the combs, so they need food in the comb itself. Fondant above the frames isn't a guarantee that they will move up and get it.
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    Hefting and winter stores

    Sorry to hear that and thanks for sharing. As education for the rest of us, can I ask how far they were from the available honey in the frames i.e how many frames away on either side? Or was their honey on the edges of the frame they were actually on? Was it a wooden national brood box? Thanks
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    Which ones do you prefer

    Good to see new ways of doing things. But the bit where he takes the bag out again looks .... messy ....
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    Fondant in the Spring/Autumn

    Yes, feeding can be a bit of a minefield. Certainly if you had a 6-frame nuc, and you chucked 12 litres of syrup into it rapidly, you might run into issues with space. But you can feed smaller amounts, regularly, and you should be fine. Or you can use fondant, which as you say is less prone to...
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    Beekeeping Association Equipment

    In theory you may be right (though "illegal" is not quite the right word). In practice, the Charities Commission doesn't have the time or resources to enforce stuff like this - it barely keeps up with fraudulent charities and the like. There are plenty of charities in the UK stuffed with far...
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    Beekeeping Association Equipment

    A BKA near me has £110k in the bank which is around 6x its annual spending. It's kind of absurd.
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    Which ones do you prefer

    ahhh, OK thanks, I did wonder if a metal paint would stick that well - you have saved me some money!
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    Which ones do you prefer

    Ditto. I keep meaning to try garage door paint, as I think I saw that on the Apiarist blog and it looks rather nice and shiny ....
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    Hefting and winter stores

    Thanks 10lb seems a pragmatic target. I have a couple of 3-storey nucs that appear to only have 6kg of food (though my weighing calculations might be out), which concerned me, but peeking in the top there are 4+ solid frames of stores in the top box and the bees aren't even visible as they are...
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