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    No brood,few bees but Q present,should I continue fondant or syrup

    Only about 4 frames and not many on each.
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    No brood,few bees but Q present,should I continue fondant or syrup

    After an appalling summer and winter and one hive down, my remaining hive is hanging in by the sting in its rear! Have just done a very quick check,the colony is small and have seen the Q, but no stores or brood or eggs Have been feeding all winter with fondant and they still have some--should...
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    Need to do an AS and can't find the Q

    My first season.Queen was marked but as the hive has expanded I can't find her,think her mark has worn off. Plenty of q cups on bottom of frames so wanting to do an AS. Best method without finding the Q please????
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    warmer weather on mon

    I have to agree with my other "Cumbrian" beekeepers--its about time it was warm and sunny up here.Relatively new to the area-as are my bees and they keep begging me for sun and no showers!
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    Just moved to Cumbria-how to keep the damp away?

    thanks to all and in response-moved from Cheshire/Shropshire border. Queen bee named Flavia by my daughter--previous one was Beth but she absconded! Hive situated on a wall so well off the ground.
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    Just moved to Cumbria-how to keep the damp away?

    Hi,am now resident in Cumbria (south) and would value any advice on the difficulties of keeping the damp at bay. Bess didn't appreciate the extreme wet just after moving them in early September but now seem a bit happier. Any help greatly appreciated.
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    Bees not taking syrup

    Listening to all advice as a newbie I have treated for varroa and have fed them with syrup.However--they are'nt interested so after leaving at for several days have removed it. Also following both treatments there have been a large number of dead bees around. The queen is new to the hive--only...
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    Do I put feeder on super or take it off? help please

    thanks to all.I had taken the super off for transportation to new home. treated for varoa a week ago with super off but gave them back the stores at yesterdays inspection.I will have a look and see how many bees in the super and maybe take it off them again while feeding--what do you think??
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    Do I put feeder on super or take it off? help please

    yes-they have had one Rx a week ago but have left the supers as I won't be extracting honey this year.A late start with them so leaving the little they have for their own use.
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    Do I put feeder on super or take it off? help please

    Good morning .Newbi, bees had a tough time as just moved them with new queen from dry old cheshire to saturated cumbria.Inspected yesterday and hardly any brood, but queen present.Am fearing that they have gone onstrike in complaint!! Should I put the contact feeder on top of the supers or take...
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    Still time to raise a new queen?

    Another stupid question but what is a DLQ?
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    ?? swarm under the hive

    Went out this evening to say hello to the bees and noticed a large number of bees gathered underneath the mesh floor to the hive.Hive supported on bricks and the pics are from the front and back of the hive, A quick inspection would seem to showthat there as many bees in the brood box as there...
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    help please

    Thanks--will start doing that .
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    help please

    thanks-have joined but as about to move to Cumbria have joined the Kendal branch and its a bit far at the moment to ask for helpfrom them.
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    help please

    I am still hopeful that there is a beekeeper out there in the West Cheshire/Whitchurch area that may be willing to do a hive inspection with me.My first hive and seems to be doing well but still not sure exactly what Iam looking at. eg Is it a queen cell or is it just the bees making comb where...
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    help still requested

    I am still hopeful that there is a beekeeper out there in the West Cheshire/Whitchurch area that may be willing to do a hive inspection with me.My first hive and seems to be doing well but still not sure exactly what Iam looking at. eg Is it a queen cell or is it just the bees making comb where...
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    When to add super +is there a mentor out there

    thanks for replies so far--also meant to ask :- I used an entrance block to give themm a smaller area to defend.With the warmer weather and increase in numbers should I remove it?
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    When to add super +is there a mentor out there

    Bees arrived 11th June.Now on second lot of syrup and only two frames left for them to draw up with foundation.Should I add supers? Also -anyone out there close to Malpas in Cheshire wanting to be a mentor--all help gratefully received-or willing to let me visit your hive. Thanks in anticipation.
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    new bee keeper-advice needed

    About to get my first nuc,arriving Wed and wanting to try icing sugar as varroa control--help please on when, and how often it should be done.Thanks in anticipation of plenty of advice.
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