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  1. nikca

    Seeking Mentor - Yorkshire

    How can you have “your own approach” when you know nothing about beekeeping? tell you what, read loads of books,get some Microsoft flight sim time in, and now go fly a plane. Get an instructor, but don’t listen, as you’ve now “got your own approach” Does that sound sensible?
  2. nikca

    Seeking Mentor - Yorkshire

    This has to be a Troll Thread doesn’t it? ive done some reading... so know better than thousands of years of combined knowledge on this forum. ive got my plan and I’m sticking to it no matter what who is going to want to be a Mentor to this attitud? I’m local, and “not I” the most pertinent...
  3. nikca

    What would you do, 3 Q- colonies

    Useful thread... and another proof of the maxim 2 beeks/3 opinions 😏 Drastic moves like uniting can wait Id day... and as you knew yourself (drones around)
  4. nikca

    Asian Hornet

    Removed a few when I was living in France - one on my land 50m from my hives. Nests always way up in tall trees - which is not even an option on this quiz 🤷🏻
  5. nikca

    Asian Hornet

    St Patrick? :icon_204-2: They are indeed little buggers, but not the end of the beekeeping world. When the leaves dropped this year I found I had an Vespa Velutina nest 50m from my hives, next to my own middle lake. Neither I not the visiting fishermen had noticed it all year. It does explain...
  6. nikca

    BBC Future Maddie Moate "What would happen if bees went extinct?"

    BBC Future Maddie Moate "What would happen if bees went extinct?" Ok, I know I set myself up for this by watching it. The awful grammar in the title should have warned me, but I thought "what the hey, it's just how young people speak now, innit?". I cringed a few times but 4:45 and...
  7. nikca

    Artificial swarm failure

    This happened to me last year... could NOT find HM in a STUFFED 14x12 with 2 supers. Bees were 2 deep on the frames and not as friendly as usual. Put a frame with 1 sealed/1 uncapped on old site in new box with a few of what I hoped were young bees, HM somewhere on new site with old frames. She...
  8. nikca

    Why put supers on top?

    And the massive swarm made me 20+kg of honey even though it was July IIRC. Thanks Mike! They are doing well in their national - but they are sods!
  9. nikca

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    First Inspections After a month of on-and-off sunshine and flowers, and about 10 days of June weather I thought maybe an inspection was in order... not quite by the :rules: book maybe. First National full stores/9 brood little space/full stores. Few empty play cups. 2 Frames 50% drone. Middle...
  10. nikca

    Move to Dordogne

    Me too - I'm in between Busserolles and Piegut... PM me when you get here :-)
  11. nikca

    not seen in the UK, but.....

    I gave the answer in post 2!
  12. nikca

    not seen in the UK, but.....

    Oriental Hornet, Vespa Orientalis. NOT currently packing it's bags and heading for the UK, and within it's range where you saw it - though about as close to NW Europe as it gets.
  13. nikca

    Wild bees in gables and construction work about to commence - how do I protect the builders?

    Or burn the house down and then save the bother of the porch... You do know this is a forum for bee-keepers, right?
  14. nikca

    Asian Hornet

    Not really aggressive to me - mostly they meet my badminton racquet, but on the odd occasion my backhand is lacking they seem to get the message and bugger off away from the hives. (typically they hover around the hives and wait for a straggler) Sting is similar to European hornets, and wasps.
  15. nikca

    message for beginners

    Just what I said: you have to be careful with the written word - far easier to misinterpret than when face to face. Not a worry: just go to Mx5Nutz instead! It's where the nicer Mazda Modder hangs out ;)
  16. nikca

    message for beginners

    Can't concur with the OP at all... unless you have less than X* hives and attract the wrath of the Fin there is little but constructive help here. A problem with the web in general and forum posts in particular is that people often interpret things in a different spirit to the intention. If...
  17. nikca

    catching bees

    What scared your horse was the *lack* of bag! And that authentically smashes it into the runway just over the threshold, puts on full brake and reverse so I minimise the taxi and then plays a fanfare does it? I knew beekeeping and piloting were easy!
  18. nikca

    catching bees

    Do bees "nest"? This has to be a Troll doesn't it? I'm going to PPRuNe now to start a thread on asking the best way of asking the captain of the next Ryanair 737-800 flight I'm on if I can have a go at landing it... VOR. I've got my own bag with no eye holes...
  19. nikca

    Replacing supers: Is this normal?

    I did exactly the same a few days ago, with exactly the same results: only as I did all 3 hives at the same time it was unlikely to be robbing - unless they were all robbing each other! Seriously, there was no evidence of bees flying intra-apiary - I put the bearding down to the loss of space...
  20. nikca

    wasp attack

    After last year: 25 degree March in which all the wasps and hornets seemingly started nesting, and then raining every day in April - seemingly killing the lot (I saw 1 hornet and no wasps all summer 2012) - I was expecting a low count too. I have 1 hornets nest and 1 wasps nest in the barn...
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