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  1. JohnSB

    Artificial Swarm - Some Advice Please

    Thanks PH. Worth noting that my parents have a hive in the same apiary, so we can use each other's brood etc when required.
  2. JohnSB

    Artificial Swarm - Some Advice Please

    I actually went back today and changed over my AS to how you described PH. I like it much better. I am new to beekeeping, and have the following questions: 1) Will the main hive be tempted to build new queen cells once the new queen comes online? There are a lot of bees in the hive (the same...
  3. JohnSB

    Artificial Swarm - Some Advice Please

    Thanks PH. I like that much better than what I ended up doing. It does beg the question why is this not standard practice?
  4. JohnSB

    Artificial Swarm - Some Advice Please

    Okay. Last time I put a link in a post it got taken out by a mod. I did read the rules however, and there was nothing against links to personal sites. This is less a site and more something people might find useful...
  5. JohnSB

    Artificial Swarm - Some Advice Please

    Just a Google spreadsheet with the rows and columns of the right size and shaded a colour. I gather that links are not allowed on the forum, however I can send you a PM with a link to my template if you like.
  6. JohnSB

    Waggle dance - really?

    I started beekeeping this year. A few weeks in I saw five or six bees on one frame alone doing the dance. Was nice to watch.
  7. JohnSB

    Artificial Swarm - Some Advice Please

    Thanks for replying. I could move more brood in to my parents' two hives. They split their hive (due to he clipped queen swarming, rather than an AS) three or four weeks ago. Their virgin queen has now mated and is laying like a gooden. They currently have 5 frames of brood with the original...
  8. JohnSB

    Wasp Trap bait

    Won't these sugary baits also attract bees? How far away from hives should the traps be?
  9. JohnSB

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    I did my first artificial swarm. Go me!
  10. JohnSB

    Uniting with Supers

    I see. Then perhaps use a clearing board on one set, when they are clear put them on top of the other lot and follow the original plan? Are they both strong colonies? Having supers on each would suggest they might be. If that's the case, why are you uniting them?
  11. JohnSB

    Uniting with Supers

    I think I saw just this a week or so ago at my local beekeeping association's training apiary. I believe what they did was put one brood chamber on top of the other (with newspaper and queen excluder in between), and then put the supers on top of that. I would wait for another more experienced...
  12. JohnSB

    Artificial Swarm - Some Advice Please

    I had to do an artificial swarm for the first time today, after finding six queen cells with larvae. I only had a six frame nucleus box to do it with, and I am unsure whether I have done it in the best way. All the advice I have learned to date has involved an additional full sized brood...
  13. JohnSB

    New Beekeeper

    Thanks all for your replies. Some really useful information here!
  14. JohnSB

    supecidure cells and normal queen cells in same hive?

    <beginners question> I note in the Ted Hooper book that there is no clear method for determining whether bees are superseding or swarming. Why then do we often talk about swarm and supercedure cells, as if we do know the difference? I understand that some cells are 'emergency' cells and are...
  15. JohnSB

    New Beekeeper

    Sorry for causing a commotion all. I for one fully understand that as a noob I don't know it all, which is the primary reason I am here. As a noob I also know I am going to make mistakes, but I'm not afraid to make them :-). Returning if I may to the original advice offered, I would like to...
  16. JohnSB

    New Beekeeper

    Thanks for the reply! I will have a think about what you have said, cheers.
  17. JohnSB

    No queen - what to do?

    Hi Girrian, I am new to beekeeping too, so take what I say in that light. What evidence do you have that the queen has swarmed? Did you find an emerged queen cell? John
  18. JohnSB

    New Beekeeper

    Hi all, I am new to beekeeping, started proper in May this year. I first decided to start beekeeping about three years ago, but it's taken me a while to get myself organised :-). I am learning fast, and enjoying this hobby an awful lot. Although I have been reading here for a couple of...
  19. JohnSB

    Where did you get stung first time?

    I first got stung on the hand, twice, during one of my first inspections. Hurt a lot for the first day, and itched for a few days after that. I was keen to now wear gloves if I could get away with it... I wear them now.
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