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    Culling hives - options?

    As this is a public forum I feel compelled not to let the snide comments concerning the local BKA go unanswered. They have been nothing but supportive both in personal time and advice as well as the offer to house our hives whilst we attempted to re-queen. The implication that the BKA keepers...
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    Culling hives - options?

    <sigh> I was told posting here was likely to be painful experience. Killing both hives was a miserable, upsetting, decision. It came about through a combination of circumstances which left us with no other option. As noted in my post above, lessons have been learned and we hope never to find...
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    Culling hives - options?

    Many thanks for all the input folks. We've removed all of the supers tonight with the aid of one of the old hands at the apiary. The bees will be dealt with tomorrow. Lessons learned:#1 re-queen early. #2 have some private place to go to keep your anti-social bees whilst #1 is happening if...
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    Culling hives - options?

    Hi Simon, That's what we were hoping to do and had the Queens on order! But these bees are something else! Even the keepers at the apiary (old hands all) have been a bit taken aback by them. maybe a blower will be the way forward but I don't relish the idea of dealing with the bees once they've...
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    Culling hives - options?

    Of course. But there are some time constraints for all the people involved. That's why we're asking around in various different places - including here - to see if anyone has any gems of wisdom that might help. Cheers Rob
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    Culling hives - options?

    Hi, My co-keeper & I are having a bit of a nightmare. We've got two hives - both have become extremely aggressive. We've moved them out of their urban location as they were attacking passers-by. We've got them out at the local association teaching apiary and were planning to re-queen...
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