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    Equipment for sale

    All kit now sold
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    Equipment for sale

    Due to upset neighbours and politics we have a reluctant sale of some kit that all started life at Th----- therefore good quality. Kit consists of; Three traditional white painted WBC hives with colonies One traditional white painted WBC hive - no bees. One National deep brood hive - gabled roof...
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    To Bee or not to Bee?

    Hi Cazza how are you? yes you are quite correct but when open to the public as we are it becomes more of an issue, i think Oliver was correct only one true option - shoot wife! i think we will be appearing in For Sale by this time tomorrow............may keep two and see how it goes.
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    To Bee or not to Bee?

    Nice idea and may be worth looking at more closely actually, main concern we are open to the public as you may have noticed. The bees are currently in an area not open to the public but of course there is not an area that is not open to the bees! Not sure they would take any notice of signage...
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    To Bee or not to Bee?

    Hi ratcatcher - the site is three acres and the apiary is in the top left corner surrounded by either hedging or open fencing on three sides, the other side is open to the fields and not a house in site. Pic of apiary with only the WBC's in attached, further pics of the grounds can be seen at...
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    To Bee or not to Bee?

    Bad reaction to sting from SWMBO rushed to hospital for treatment kept in for 24 hours! She insists not a problem - duh think it might be - Neighbour came forward and stated she was hospitalised last year as a result of bee sting in garden but wouldn't complain. Regardless of what she says SWMBO...
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    Inspection

    Thanks Eric, I think that is basically what I have done apart from putting qc's on top, but can soon do that. My concern is that the queen has actually swarmed although the amount of bees would make me think not it is likely as she has not been spotted and is marked. I have requested some...
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    Inspection

    Fraid not the eyes aint what they used to be........brood in all stages though.
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    Inspection

    It gets worse! I have no moved all bees over to a new brood box on stand as per instructions in a copy of Bee Craft - no sign of queen. Currently left with all frames except the one with the capped queen cells in new hive. seems to me this may mean I have now created a queenless colony?
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    Inspection

    No there seem to be a lot of bees, off back to the apiary now!
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    Inspection

    just in from inspecting five hives, one appears to have several capped Q cells on one frame. I had assumed that the queen will have gone as they are capped but reading the forum I should go look for the queen and then perform AS if she is there. Is it correct that she could be? If she is not I...
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    Ace inhibitors

    Oh that ramipril stuff is evil if I take it!
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    Pollen from Yew

    We have some large Yew trees on the property and I noticed today the clouds of pollen coming from the trees like smoke. Question is does the Yew interest the bees?
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    Opened the hive and....

    We all get things wrong ..no worries
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    Opened the hive and....

    I really don't see what Mr Pea said or did to be ridiculed, all the poor guy said was he lost his colonies last year and this year he is pleased to see they are all alive and well. It would come as no surprise if Mr Pea declined to share his news again.
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