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    Wasps

    Cheers - i am a few pieces of insulation short - I will get some next time I see some. Cheers again.
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    Wasps

    I would guess they are coming for the food. I put some feed 2:1 syrup on the hive on friday. As we had a warm autumn the colony never really reduced in size, therefore they were getting through their stores really fast. Its all taped up now, I will leave it like this for 3 days and I will...
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    Wasps

    Hello everyone - its been a while since I have been on here. Quick question - I have wasps going in and out of my beehive. How can I stop them. They are down to 1 beespace and have been since the end of summer? I have closed it up with gaffer tape and will do so for a couple of days now...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    I did exactly the same thing on Sunday - Waiting till next inspection to see if she is still there. Kept a QC, 2 frames and some bees in a nuc just incase she doesnt. She is my best queen too :(
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    Info on cut comb

    I joined the local beekeeping association and made a friend. He lent me his kit - well actually I went over to his house and helped him extract - we extracted my frames after. Job done. This year i am looking to buy an extractor for myself. I also did mostly comb honey last year - worked a...
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    Swarming is begginning

    They are out in SE London too. Also seen drones hanging about in the garden too.
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    A swarm today

    OK great - nice to know for next time - All my Spare BB are new frames and new foundation. Cheers :)
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    A swarm today

    Sorry for hijacking this thread Maybe my definition of "Charged Queen Cells" is slightly wrong. They were more what I call Queen Cups - but they had royal jelly in then with some 3mm larve. The cells hadn't been elongated to full length, but i guess that was the next phase. its a bit...
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    A swarm today

    Yup had to demaree 1 hive today too. Found 6 queen cells charged in one of my hives. All between 3&6 days old. Moved the best qc to start up a nuc and added 2 supers (need drawing out) Fun times ahead.....
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    1st Swarm Call of the season

    Not heard anything yet from this side - Very nice day today mind (18 and sunny), so there must have been a few about today. I have seen drones in my garden, so that prompted me to check hives again on wednesday :)
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    Extractors - which one?

    Thanks for the replies guys - checked out the older thread too :)
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    This is the colony I was debating the put the super on last week. Decided to add a new 14x12 BB and syrup and will will start Demaree at weekend (possibly) once they have drawn out some of the foundation. Brood on 9 frames, and lots of play cups - some with eggs in, but no royal jelly in any...
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    Extractors - which one?

    Hello, I am looking to get my first extractor this year - and I am unsure of what is good. I know I want radial and I know I want electric - we have our first child on the way in august, so my bee time will be more limited. So a good electric one will speed up harvesting time. I have seen...
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    What swarm prevention methods this year?

    Thanks guys for all the comments. Interesting reading. So I am torn between demaree or pagdon. I have 14x12 Demaree - does the top brood gets full of honey during this process? If so what do you do with it? Pagdon - this doubles the number of hives. When would you reunite? Is honey crop...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Finished building the 7 14x12's, frames, wax, floors and roofs needed for Swarm Control and Bailey Comb changes Outstanding DIY jobs: ------------------------ Paint my new WBC Build 1 more roof Build more super frames with wax Outstanding beekeeping jobs: ---------------------------------...
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