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    Bees and rainy areas

    Hi Sainfoin I've sent you a message. \ best wishes
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    Swan Feathers

    seagull feathers (if you live near coast they are always washed in) work very well and as they are coarse they don't get sting barbs caught on them ...
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    Telling People You Keep Bees.

    Do bees leave yellow spots on cars and washing........ get second apiary site ready......
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    ivy pollen is a rich golden colour ....my bees can't get enough of the stuff
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    put wet supers back on hive to clean up (before the ivy flow....) put bright symbol on hive with VQ due to hatch to (hopefully) direct her back to hive entrance - last one ended up laying under gap in roof and side of box.... checked mite drop - considerably fewer this year also wasps less...
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    Has Apiguard killed my queen?

    sometimes the whiff of apiguard can reduce queen laying or cause her to stop. I've never experienced a queen being killed by apiguard, but have had one or two stop laying for the first week or so when applied.
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    Honey price

    I'm not expecting any honey this year ...glad I still have a 15lb 2010 bucket in the larder.. it's hard work maintaining healthy bees and getting a harvest and I wouldn't feel bad about getting a good price for a quality product if the customer is prepared to pay!
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    a proper bee-keeper

    A proper beekeeper will try hard to ensure they can anticipate the needs of their stocks. They will ensure they don't starve, will aim to keep them disease free, will try to keep swarming to a minimum, will take responsibility for their colonies when they prove troublesome and not just leave...
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    Poly nuc - to paint or not to paint, that is the question.

    I use the little sample potts of exterior emulsion from homebase - 1 pott does 1 hive x 2-3 coats easily with some to spare (and that inludes the extension bit for the nuc)
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    nipped out to garden to give nuc some feed before the predicted deluge......will it ever stop being a foul summer....
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    excellent video Rosti !!
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Hi Poggle no cons - as long as you gently mist the bees and don't use it excessively. Different hives may react differently, but it works well for my hives. I put a bee feed additive product in that smells like lemon balm and I find it helps calm the bees - I mist the air around me before I...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Day 16 following queen removal - had left (thought) only one cell in main hive on marked frame. Quick check with stethoscope today - piping - no option but to open hive - bees foraging well and good tempered, only used mister. Capped cell had lid sealed back by bees, opened up and out she...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    put fishing net over polynuc hive and weighted down with brieze blocks - all hives strapped down well.
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    Bees punished by drowning!

    Just proves not all idiots are brainless - or even more worringly, are there registered GPs who are ....?
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    June Gap?

    in a week or two wild privet and then bramble and a bit of rosebay willow herb - usually a gap mid-July-end August then the ivy..., . There are masses of seapinks (thrift) out at the moment but I only see bumble bees on them - the scent is lovely - perhaps too far to venture on the cliffs for...
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    2 Nucs stolen

    sorry to hear about your thefts - I'd be really peed off about losing 2 new nuc boxes too.
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    Warm or what!!

    did two hives in out apiary and it was like a real fitness workout by the time I dragged the barrow back up 2 fields......27 oC
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    How many apiaries in your neck of the woods?

    31 for me in a 10 km area - quite a surprise - .. and that's the known ones - what about the unknowns - not seen any swarms yet though
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Gave a frame each to two hives of old ivy honey - only about 5lbs of stores in nat brood and half + super. Veryt different to last year - April/May is usually very good for spring honey here, but they are only just maintaining themselves at the moment with loads of brood to hatch out.