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    What did you do in the 'workshop' today

    Might a plastic A4 spine bar (the sort of thing that acts a spine holding a document together) be a solution? They come in a variety of thicknesses and would simply clip over the frame rail giving it support - even better if glued on - this is the sort of thing I mean
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    Doh!

    Great -thanks
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    Doh!

    Thanks everyone - I wish it was as easy as the ‘grooved’ national frames..do you think that the wire loops would hold the foundation if I stapled them to the top bar, or will the wire snap with the weight of the foundation once the comb is built out and has honey stores? Everything I’m doing at...
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    Doh!

    have I ordered the wrong frames? I have one langstroth and a couple of national hives. I have just received a shallow langstroth super and what I thought were the correct frames and foundation.. the side bars don’t have a groove in them to slide the foundation in (as on the national frames I’ve...
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    How many first year beeks quit?

    Thanks... I’m being a bit more sanguine about it now... it was worse than this before... but I think things may not be as bad as I thought. I’ll wait til it’s warm and take a look under the CB Thanks
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    How many first year beeks quit?

    This is a picture of the landing board the day after I’d cleared it off. Have got a microscope and am going to do a nosema check this weekend
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    How many first year beeks quit?

    You haven't seen my golf! Put the ball off the first tee through the back window of a mercedes parked in the club car park! - it's so frustrating when you think you're through the first winter successfully - doing right by the bees and they still dwindle away... I avidly tried to follow all...
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    Advice on splitting from Langstroth into 14x12 National please

    Thanks.. I’ll probably narrow the box down with ‘celotex/kingspan frames temporarily... that’s if I carry on beekeeping! (See my o
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    How many first year beeks quit?

    Thanks . I’m going to borrow a microscope from the science dept and crush a few bees and look under the microscope as per the scientificbeekeeping.com nosema microscopy post
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    How many first year beeks quit?

    Very little activity at the hive entrance - bees very sluggish and twitchy - lots of long, continuous , dark streaks of bee dysentry on the landing board (totally different in appearance to the bee poo last summer) identical in fact to pictures of Nosema-indicating dysentry on Internet (I...
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    How many first year beeks quit?

    I tried to set the bees up to weather the winter well - I didn't take any stores from them, had Apivar on for 6 weeks until mid October - did an OA vape at Christmas - had fondant on (which they have only taken half of (2 kg since November) gave sugar syrup 2:1 - and didn't open the CB after I...
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    How many first year beeks quit?

    Last ditch plan…, I’m thinking that to try and save the colony that has nosema I’m going to mix up 1:1 sugar syrup with 30g of Thymol, open up the crown board and mist spray the bees with it. I appreciate that it is unlikely to work, but if I do nothing then I’m sure the colony will be a goner...
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    How many first year beeks quit?

    I think I’ve reached the end of the line beekeeping (albeit a short one!). 10 months in and it’s been nothing but frustration and disappointment (and expense!) The colony I bought last June and lovingly nurtured, fed, varroxed, insulated and left CB on for the whole winter had undoubtedly got...
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    Advice on splitting from Langstroth into 14x12 National please

    Thanks for that - sounds fairly straightforward. What about the Langstroth once Queen has moved up - just put the CB and roof back on and let the bees make a new Queen?
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