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    Unusual Swarm

    I hope they don't die - she was a good queen - a bit docile (probably hence the inactivity and drive to find a new home). Will have to collect them and hope for the best!
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    Unusual Swarm

    In the apiary on Saturday (4 days ago) one of my hives swarmed. It settled on a tree and I managed to re-house it with the queen definitely in the brood box (I had to catch her and put her in myself). On Sunday (1 day later) the swarm had left my lovely brood box and re-settled on the tree. I...
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    Angry bees

    Thanks for the replies. I didn't see the queen but there were new eggs so I am hoping the colony was queen right. Oh well, I will see what they are like next time fingers crossed:)
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    Angry bees

    Am in my first season as beekeeper and during an inspection yesterday the 'normally' placid bees seemed extremely angry. I hadn't done anything different but before half way through the single brood box I had bees pinging off my suit and two on my veil pushing their stings through. It took...
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    Urban Inspections

    Have chickened out and moved them to a friends garden which is massive and in a small village down the road (more than 3 miles). It will mean more relaxed inspections for me and the bees!! Only lost about 3 bees in the moving process although they didn't seem impressed being taped up again...
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    Urban Inspections

    I am now a 48 hour old beekeeper and have installed my new nuc in the garden. As this is a small garden and surrounded by neighbours I would love some advice on when / how to do inspections without sending angry bees all over the neighbourhood. Is anyone else an urban beekeeper with any tips...
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    Purpose of a nuc?

    Thanks for those pointers, it all seems very complicated. Like point 12 - may have to remember that one!
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    Purpose of a nuc?

    Hi all, this is my first posting to the forum. Will be hoping to keep bees next year and want to find out as much as possible this year. My question is - I am not sure why people use nucs. I thought they were used to transport bees to new owners. I went to an out apiary and also read stuff...
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