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    Honey Different this year Picture

    Yes, I've also had 2 hives next to each other with very different honey. one much lighter and milder, the other darker and more intense. Will be interested to see what this year's is like!
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    Best time for inspection

    The robbing has been from other bees, not wasps.
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    Best time for inspection

    Fair enough. Not too many wasps about near apiary thankfully.
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    Best time for inspection

    I'm keen to check that the hive is healthy, that there is brood etc and to see if any/how much damage has been done by robbers. The same kind of inspection I would do weekly during the summer.
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    Best time for inspection

    I've been having some trouble with robbing which seems to be (hopefully) MOSTLY under control, but I'm worried about when best to do an inspection. I've not been into the hive for ages now. They've had their varroa treatments so I'd like to have a good look around before winter, especially with...
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    Help... How do I stop robbing?

    Failed on hive shutdown as forgot about ventilation rose in roof!!!! Thankfully I remembered before they all got stuck outside for the day. Now got sheet of clear perspex in front of each hive which does seem to be cutting down the number of bees gathering on the front of the hive. However...
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    Help... How do I stop robbing?

    Wet sheet did nothing other than trap a LOAD of bees under the sheet all over the hive. And it dried out too quickly given that my apiary isn't at the bottom of my garden. So, I've now put feed and water (soaked cotton wool pads in a tin lid) in the top of each and locked them down. Have...
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    Help... How do I stop robbing?

    I tried that but they weren't very conversational. A bit busy I think.
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    Help... How do I stop robbing?

    But the tussling is a concern too. Oh now I'm even more confused! Will check on them in a bit and see what's happening. How on earth are you supposed to observe which way their little legs are hanging when they're flying to show if they're empty or full of syrup?????? Thanks
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    Help... How do I stop robbing?

    Would clear perspex work instead of glass? I have a spare shed window (don't ask)
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    Help... How do I stop robbing?

    Nose Ma, so do you think perhaps this is what they are doing rather than being robbed? What made me think it was robbing was the fact that it was just after I'd fed them yesterday morning and there were so many bees spread all over the fronts of both hives. Also lots in the air and some...
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    Help... How do I stop robbing?

    I'm having robbing problems (or at least I think I am!) in both my hives. Think I may have triggered it myself by feeding early in the morning rather than in the evening as I would normally. Rookie mistake I won't make again that's for sure. Having checked around, I have reduced the entrance...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Judging by the amount of honey her mum helped produce, she ain't going anywhere ;o) Good calm bees too.
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Retrieved empty fondant wrapper from hive and politely insisted bees inside it left! Other newer fondant mostly untouched. Bees were flying! Nice to see for a change. First warmish day in ages. *happy*
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    flowers in bloom

    Saw my first crocuses today, but otherwise just trees round here at the mo. Few signs of life, but my bees are clearly finding something. Next door neighbour have 2 snowdrops :-)
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