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    BBKA Insurance withdrawn

    To pick up on the comment made by Curly Green Fingers; the £2 you pay for the first three hives and any extra you pay for extra hives all goes to BDI not the BBKA. Your association/branch treasurer will make two payments - one to the BBKA for the capitation fee and one to BDI for the disease...
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    How to stop bees drowning in syrup

    The lids are fine - they are not drowning in the main part of the feeder but within the central cone. It does seem to vary between hives - one hive takes the syrup with no drowning at all, a couple with perhaps only a few but one seems to be very suicidal. I know a few bees in the context of a a...
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    How to stop bees drowning in syrup

    Thanks for the replies. I did indicate it is not an issue with filling (as I can see the bees move out of the way) but subsequently. Yes it is 2:1 and no problems with build up over summer.
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    How to stop bees drowning in syrup

    I am using the Thorne's English feeder (it has the roughened dome and cap) and the bees keep on drowning in the syrup. Sometimes they seem to take it without drowning but in the last couple of days after topping up the sugar they seem suicidal on three separate hives. I'm not referring to when...
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    Another swarm/bait hive query

    Interesting comments - thanks. That thought did cross my mind. I did leave it till late before moving them and there were no obvious bees clustering on the branch - the odd one still flying. Not sure what else I should have done. I did think it was too good to be true having caught a swarm the...
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    Another swarm/bait hive query

    I did cover the floor and I also had the disc in the QE mode - but perhaps I removed both too soon. One lives and learns - it wasn't the biggest swarm but it was better than nothing!
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    Another swarm/bait hive query

    Thanks for the input. The little darlings (!) absconded the following day so it became somewhat academic.
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    Another swarm/bait hive query

    So if I understand correctly, spray where the bait hive was to remove scent of old queen and then take the collected bees and "dump" them out in front of the relocated hive (or shake in)? Thanks
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    Another swarm/bait hive query

    I had a swarm arrive in a poly nuc yesterday (up in tree); waited till 21:30 last night and moved apiary position about 100m away. Added frames of foundation this morning and all seems well. However at the sight where the bait hive came from there are quite "a lot" of bees; I was going to put...
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    Bursting with bees and brood but no swarming (yet)

    Having united a Q- hive with a Q+ (which at the time was a bit slow in building up) it is now bursting at the seams with bees (or so it seems) with bees clustering in the underfloor entrance. There are 7 frames that are well covered with BIAS. I've added a super above a QE which the bees are...
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    Best equipment for - Oxalic acid vaporisation

    I'd second the one from Simon the Beekeper.
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    "Lots" of bees but no brood

    Thanks for the comments so far. The hive was certainly Q+ going into winter - so if she has gone AWOL it has been since then. The weather here has been dire here what with snow and rain and rain and rain... We are also at 250m so often a couple of degrees lower than down in the valley. C'est...
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    "Lots" of bees but no brood

    I have two hives which I have just had a quick look at (sunshine at last!). Both are from nucs obtained last year from the local association - so last year's queen. One hive has always seemed "busier" on nice days. The "busier" hive has three frames of brood and plenty of stores although...
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    Reuniting a split

    I meant to put this in the Beginners Section! Probably considered a dumb question for a non-beginner! So thanks for the reply.
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    Reuniting a split

    If you are reuniting a split colony where one half is definitely Q- do you still need to adopt the "usual" methods of uniting (newspaper etc.) or can you just shake the bees into the one box? My assumption being that all bees in both halves are both from the same queen and no different queen...
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    Queen Cells but no drone cells

    Definitely loads of space. I had removed a nadired super on one of the rare early warm days and had a quick look in the brood box as it was so heavy and removed two frames that were absolutely full with ivy honey in the middle and then filled with the autumn feed round the edge - and replaced...
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    Queen Cells but no drone cells

    Thanks for the replies. A lot to learn!
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    Queen Cells but no drone cells

    I have a single hive (but wish to expand) - it has been slow to build up after what seemed a good start - possibly due to the odd Spring weather we've been having (or that's what I assumed as there were no signs of other problems). Inspected a week ago and very low on stores so gave then some...
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    Storing brood frames with pollen

    Having united a Q- with a Q+ colony I've got frames left over that have quite a bit of pollen in them. How best to store these over winter? On a similar vane some of the extracted super frames have quiet a bit of pollen. Is it OK just to store these along with the rest of the super(s) and let...
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    is it supersedure?

    Thanks for the comments. The "failed" AS was doing the AS but too late to stop it swarming so the hive was Q- for a while - I didn't want to make the post too long with all the gory details of my incompetence!!
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