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    Contaminating super with Oxalic?

    Aftermo, I think Richard was meaning that if I trickled OA through the supers then it'll unlikely get to the BB below. Hence why I'm going for the OA vap and it'll save me opening the hive up and disturbing the bees....that said I'm sure they'll be fun and games when I come to doing it this weekend.
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    Contaminating super with Oxalic?

    Richard, you are indeed correct and I was just being both lazy and soft. The hives in question each had 9 supers on, ridiculous I know (they were my best colonies by some way) and after harvesting 7 from each felt that it would be inappropriate to take all. In addition I wanted to avoid feeding...
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    Contaminating super with Oxalic?

    thank you all for the really helpful advice. I'll go ahead and treat next weekend all being well and JBM I take on board your comments about incorporating an Autumn treatment. Thank you
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    Contaminating super with Oxalic?

    Last year I treated all my colonies with oxalic around Xmas time and it was really effective. Was going to do the same this year. However, as I had a really good harvest I decided to leave many of the colonies with 2 supers above the brood box. So my worry is when I go to treat what if the bees...
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    Is this swarm trying to swarm again?

    thanks for your kind reply Beeno! QX now off havign been on all of yesterday and bees all still there! Fingers crossed
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    Is this swarm trying to swarm again?

    Collected a swarm on Saturday which was rehomed in a nuc box. As I was conscious about crushing bees I left two frames out. Sunday was a washout so never saw many bees and didn't want to mess with them. Yesterday more activity so decided to open them up and add the two remaining frames to make...
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    Preparing for supersedure or swarming

    Have a double brood which is brimming with bees. Last week noticed a couple of queen cells uncapped on the face of a single comb. I assumed they were signs of supersedure so left well alone. 5 days later (last night) decided to open up and bees still there and now there are approximately another...
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    Advice: when to swap fondant over!

    thanks to all for the really helpful advice!
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    Advice: when to swap fondant over!

    Hi All, After all the bad weather and posts I've read I thought I'd better start checking my colonies a little more frequently than once a week. All colonies have fondant in take away tub above CB. Noticed that a couple are runnign low on fondant and would like to change it over to a fresh tub...
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    Problem hiving a swarm

    Thanks for everyones advice, including switching the telly off! Lol Went this morning (6.30 am) and most of them were in the nuc box so quickly stuffed up the hole and made the journey home. Got them in the garden and started to ahve my breakfast feeling all clever and smug. Then out of the...
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    Problem hiving a swarm

    Got called out to a swarm that was embedded in an old settee in the garden. Ripped open the settee to partially expose the bees but as they weren't clustered I tried to brush some into a nuc box and placed the box as close to the majority of the bees as possible. Went tonight and unfortunately...
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    How far would you travel for OSR

    'I just wanted to try a few hives on OSR for the experience with talk of 100lb to 300lb per hive' Whilst I know that it might be a trek to my local OSR I also just wanted to see what it was like to have supers full of honey! That said with the current price of petrol I'm beginning to wonder if...
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    How far would you travel for OSR

    Just out of curiosity how far would beekeepers be prepared to travel to put some colonies near to OSR? I'm assuming that under the current weather conditions not at all...or is that not the case...? Conversely if the weather was fine would a half hour drive be worthwhile...?
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    Scientific evidence for honey-based cures

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/?term=honey+cancer try this. Involved in cancer research and there is evidence (albeit in low impact journals) that polyphenols in honey are likely to possess anti-cancer properties. Clearly would need further verification in a range of model systems but in short...
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    Concerned about the cold

    Thanks Madasafish! You've put my mind at rest now!
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    Concerned about the cold

    I'm also a relative newbee and a quick peer under my hives revealed that several of them had many dead bees lying on the OMF. Too cold to count and visualise properly but would estimate probably 100 or so. I'm assuming this is normal...? Is it that it's just been too cold for the bees to dispose...
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    How close to a hedge can you go?

    thanks to everyone for advice. Much appreciated! I'll keep the hives where they are and let's hope the pup learns. That said he did get stung on Saturday and came home this evening to hear that he had his nose up against the entrance block !!! I thought springers were supposed to be clever
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    How close to a hedge can you go?

    Dear All, Currently have all my hives are facing a tall hedge (2.5m +tall) and they are situtaed about 2metres from it. My question is can I go closer to the hedge and if so how close. Reason for asking is the wife has taken on a puppy and don't wish for him to be running in front of the hives...
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    Thymolated supers & minimum no. of bees for winter survival

    Hi All, Made the terrible mistake of putting ApiLife Var on whilst there was a partially filled super on. Fortunately the bees have taken most of the honey down into their BB though will I ever be able to use the contaminated empty frames in supers ever again. Does the thymol smell dissipate...
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    Wax moth love varroa floors

    As a newbie I also left the inspection tray in on one of my hives and on inspecting the tray it had several wax moth larvae on it. However, I didn't recall seeing anythign sinister in the BB. However shoudl I be taking any precautionary measures like treating with 'certan' or is it highly...
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