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  1. DrNick

    Sale Prices

    I may be wrong but I was lead to believe that advertised prices are a guideline only.
  2. DrNick

    Does thymol mix go off?

    I always keep mine in the fridge in an airtight container, that lasts without any problem, I leave it out for a few hours to warm up before use though.
  3. DrNick

    My inspection tray is stuck

    :iagree: One of mine was stuck a month or so back, it was nothing to do with the runners, the bees had dribbled propolis down on to it and then pulled it up to the mesh floor and stuck it good and proper, you will need to take the brood box of as mentioned above.
  4. DrNick

    Advice for Planting Some Land for the Bees...

    Try this website http://www.kingscrops.co.uk/kc/pages/page.jhtml?page_id=700006
  5. DrNick

    Marking hives/branding

    I bought a set of letter/number punches on fleabite for about £6 a few years back, it is a bit unfortunate if your initials are not that good, I have a friend whos initials are SOB :eek:
  6. DrNick

    Marking hives/branding

    The link isn't working properly.
  7. DrNick

    Sugar Prices

    does 2Kg sugar + 1 litre water = 3 litres? (or more or less!?!) It is less but I can't remember the exact amount, it is 2.3-2.5Ltrs at most.
  8. DrNick

    Sugar Prices

  9. DrNick

    New Bee or not New Bee? That is the question.

    If it ain't broke fix the grammar :D
  10. DrNick

    Sugar Prices

    Poundland have 1.5kg bags for go on have a guess £1
  11. DrNick

    When is the right time?

    @derekm, red has already said they are in central Rotherham and that they are urban bees, granted there is no mention of what type of hive or position (South facing etc) but you can pretty much work out that the bees will be feeding from hanging baskets and garden flowers as well as the weeds...
  12. DrNick

    Start up grants

    I am aware that there are small (minute) grants available in Wales for turning fields in to meadows but the hoops you have to jump through and the (size) scale at which it has to be done outweighs any benefit you would get from a grant.
  13. DrNick

    When is the right time?

    Hi Red, I am in Doncaster so a little further out than Chris, as mentioned above by @als bees you are probably being given good information by those around you, also Ivy honey is not to most peoples liking and many feed it back to the bees (let the bees keep it), if you remove the super now you...
  14. DrNick

    Start up grants

    Grants for what?
  15. DrNick

    Wasp traps

    If you put something with alcohol in the bees will not be interested, you don't have to use much or your best malt whiskey, some cheap vodka type drink works well as it tends to be fruit based and of course the alcohol keeps the bees out, I have three "wasp pipes" they are small cone shaped...
  16. DrNick

    Is well boiled syrup OK?

    To make fondant you need to have the sugar and water mix just right and get it to 116-117 degrees C then put the pan in cold water and keep stirring until it turns white and sets. There is a thread on here somewhere that gives this in more detail (I have probably missed out some important part...
  17. DrNick

    Is well boiled syrup OK?

    Last week I left some syrup to stand on the cold floor and when I poured half of it in to a feeder it was very thin and the bees took it down in no time, I should have stirred it as the rest was really thick and the next day I fed them that and it took them a lot longer to take down, it doesn't...
  18. DrNick

    What do you bring on your nucs in?

    We recently went to the market shopping, the fruit & veg stalls have poly boxes used for broccoli, I've not measured them but they look about the right size, maybe slightly bigger than needed, would be easy to cut them to size and best of all they are free, we got two and are growing mushrooms...
  19. DrNick

    STOP PRESS : Omlet Beekeeping Book

    When you buy the bees on a budget package you get Bees at the Bottom of the Garden included, so yes Thornes DO give you a book about beekeeping when you buy a National.