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    Wasps

    Hello everyone - its been a while since I have been on here. Quick question - I have wasps going in and out of my beehive. How can I stop them. They are down to 1 beespace and have been since the end of summer? I have closed it up with gaffer tape and will do so for a couple of days now...
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    Extractors - which one?

    Hello, I am looking to get my first extractor this year - and I am unsure of what is good. I know I want radial and I know I want electric - we have our first child on the way in august, so my bee time will be more limited. So a good electric one will speed up harvesting time. I have seen...
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    What swarm prevention methods this year?

    Hello, As there are various methods I thought I would see what people are doing this year. Are you either sticking with their trusty method from last year, or are you going to try something different this year. I am gearing up for Artificial Swarm, but would love to hear others views and...
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    too early for a bailey comb change?

    Hello, Hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather :) I have 5 hives and they are all, bar 1, on 14x12's. I want to get this one switched over to new BB and frames ASAP, so I was thinking I might start this today? they have a heavy super that I left on over winter and I was thinking I would...
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    To unite or not to unite?

    Hello, Hope everyone and their bees are all doing well. I am looking to push my bees hard for a decent crop this summer. And I am trying to decide whether to unite or not? So I'm after some advice. My current setup: -------------------- Hive#1 14x12 National. Primary swarm collected end of...
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    Oxalic acid and super

    Evening all Collected a reasonably large swarm on thursday evening. I have just moved them into a a new 14x12 bb with new frames and foundation. Due to the size of the swarm I need to super them as I am away for 2 weeks as oF tomorrow. Can I treat them with oxalic acid when I have a super of...
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    large swarm in nuc?!?

    Hello. I have just collected a HUGE swarm and all I had to put it in was a 6 frame travel hive thing with frames. No real hardware left. Its a crap all in on thing with a solid floor with no real ventilation. I collected them in the dark so I didnt have much time to think about it. Got them all...
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    Moderator Review of a post

    Hello, On Wednesday I posted up some bees and hives for sale in the following sections on here: Bees and Honey for sale/Wanted Beekeeping equipment for sale/wanted It said that my posts wont be visible to everyone until they have been approved by a moderator. How long does this process take as...
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    Activity outside bait hive

    Hello, Just curious as to the reason behind this: My bait hive is on a flat roof and there are about 10 bees flying around and there is lots of fighting - lots of dead bees all over the flat roof too. I am hoping some scout bees are protecting it while waiting for the swarm to turn up? There...
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    New Queen in in office draw....(requeening pt2)

    Hello, My new queen and entourage has turned up today, Thanks Neil (nexstarneil). I am planning on introducing her today. My plan is to: 1) Find my existing queen and put her and a couple of her nurse bees into a new queen butler cage with fondant and transfer her into the house somewhere -...
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    requeening?

    Hello, My colony is struggling with Chalk Brood and I am after some advice. Long story, shortened: I have one colony at present and I recently split it as there was a superseder cell. So I moved all the old frames to a new BB (3 feet to the left of the existing hive) with the queen cell and...
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    Busy day yesterday

    Hello, I performed my first "proper" inspection of my one hive yesterday and it was very eventful. I waited this long as I am new and wanted my mentor to be present to help me. To cut a long story short I obtained the bees as a rescue mission in late October last year. The original beekeeper...
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    Bailey Comb Change

    Hello, Having acquired my "second hand" bees just before winter, I am looking to completely swap out all the frames as I have no idea when they were last changed. They have previously been attacked by woodpeckers, so a good few of the frames are are broken and some are frames are SN in a DN...
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    Crystallised Honey

    Hello, I have about a super and a half full of crystallised honey still in wired frames. I am starting to clean up my kit for this year and I at a loss as to what to do with it. I need to clean up the frames and supers so I can reuse them this year. To cut a long story short I obtained these...
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    Damp/Mouldy Inspection Tray

    Hello, Again I am new to beekeeping. I have just been and cleaned my inspection trays and noticed that one of them was bone dry and the other was damp and had a few areas of mould. It has rained a lot here over the last 2 days - even my house started leaking. Would this worry you? Also, a...
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    Oxalic Treatment

    Hello, I am new to beekeeping and these are my first hives. I acquired these hives in October from a farmer as the bee keeper had passed this summer. They are both nationals and are both rather busy colonies. I can only assume that they haven't been treated Varroa treated, so I am looking to...
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