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    Agghhh - ignorance, ignorance: fondant question

    Many thanks Mellifera; you have read my OP absolutely correctly. I've run into ignorant T*****s on this website before and it looks sadly as if it still attracting them. I've always correctly balanced the honey I take off with that left for adequate winter feeding. I'm sure there is enough...
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    Agghhh - ignorance, ignorance: fondant question

    Been keeping bees for 50 years and because I'm not going to be around for the next month, I got a couple of 2.5kg fondant packs to put on. But I've never done fondant before and I suddenly realised when I went off just now to put it on that I didn't know what I was doing !! I've seen that I...
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    Another fondant question !

    Well, well, well - I've been keeping bees for 56 years on two separate sites and I've never had a bother with wind, nor ever thought about it. Interesting what you find out when you chat to other people. And you know what - I'll go away and come back in a month's time to find all hell let...
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    Another fondant question !

    You must all live in pretty exposed situations then - and I take it that strapping down means down to the ground ? I'm in central Scotland and it got up to force 9 here recently but I never considered that a bee-keeping hazard. What I didn't say at the beginning of this thread is that I've...
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    Another fondant question !

    <to replace the strap nice and tight> Ehh? - what strap ? And yes the crown board seal will be broken but the lid goes over the top of it.
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    Another fondant question !

    Many thanks TTLTB - that was a very valuable pointer on hefting. I could have done something with empty lifts, etc., but all the info was there. Nett result was definitely positive in that I was up to 20kg plus on both hives, and running out of lifting puff. The odd lady or two came out to...
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    Another fondant question !

    I've never used fondant before but it's been really too warm a winter for good over-wintering of bees and now I'm going to be away all March. So - I've read a couple of threads on fondant here, but would appreciate a comment or two on how much I need to apply. I'm in central Scotland with...
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    LimeWatch UK

    Took off 80 lbs from 2 hives last week; in terms of how cold it has been all summer in the east of Scotland I was astonished to find so much good capped honey. Even more astonished to find it is almost 100% lime. Rob
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    Queenless? Can someone confirm my diagnosis?

    I've picked up this thread, and I hope it's not against etiquette to express my not dissimilar problem in some else's thread, which I judged was approaching closure Two hives, poorly managed this year due to other pressures, and last Thursday when I was away my son reported a swarm, which...
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    Another moving bees question

    Thanks guys For the 'visible marker' I will find something large and white to screw above the entrances, and otherwise I'll just trundle each hive along sometime each warm morning - fortunately we seem to be getting good weather for the next week so that will help. Apart from the good weather...
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    Another moving bees question

    My apologies for yet another query on this topic - searching back threads gives all too many hits to find what I'm after. I do have to move the two hives now - garden area change from vegetables to decorative(!). The move is ~20 metres and I have a concrete path to do it on and a pair of...
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    Forward planning - queen replacement

    Thanks for that, Tim - it was as I vaguely remembered. I do have a top board in my inherited stocks that has openable slots - I do seem to remember that one of my old books recommended that the entrance for the top hive should be on a different face. What did throw me in your pdf document was...
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    Forward planning - queen replacement

    Thanks guys - 'Demaree' is a term from somewhere in the dim and distant past; I think I know the principles but will have to do a googling, unless someone here wants to give a chapter and verse somewhere. If I dig deep enough I might even be able to find an old BK'ing book in the dusty archives...
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    Forward planning - queen replacement

    I have two hives, one works well but has a queen that should be passed her sell by date next spring, and the other has a younger queen but she's lazy, or she produces lazy bees, as the brood area is never well filled and I get about half the yield of the good hive. How do I address this ? Both...
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    Bee sting desensitisation course

    I've been away from this forum for some while so didn't pick up on this very interesting thread until this evening - even then, having read the first 10 pages I mistakenly hit 'Last' and was glad that I had done so when I saw it was 28 pages long ! My condolences to those who have had to go...
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    Weather - snow forecast for weekend

    I've just dialled up the Forum, not having been here for a year having got my knuckles wrapped then for what was seen as bad bee-keeping (it had done me and my bees well enough for 50 years), to find a post on feeding - 13 pages of it! This year near Edinburgh is like all of you, suffering...
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    Should I be putting on some sort of feed ?

    OK - there was a bit of a lack of info on my first post. The queen is laying and there must now be young bees in the hive as from memory (I'm not into keeping records) we're over 3 weeks since she started laying. I see no point in buying a queen of unknown provenance when I have a stock of...
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    new swarm, but no queen??

    If the weather is at all dubious you may well have a long wait for the mating flight - the fact that the bees are placid is a very good sign that she is there and waiting. I'm near Edinburgh and had to wait for 5 to 6 weeks earlier this year before a split hive started laying. As long as the...
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    Should I be putting on some sort of feed ?

    I split my one hive in the May with the nucleus having a queen cell. She hatched OK but because of the lousy weather did not start laying till the beginning of this month. Even now she is not laying all that strongly and in my judgement the hive will not be strong enough to go into the winter...
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    winter stores

    Very many thanks, John - I'm glad there is someone with manners round here and is applying a little logic. Unfortunately my first sally into the attic to find my bee books only turned up 1 and it certainly doesn't say anything about wintering without the excluder. I'm not attacking the...
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