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    Thanks

    Agreed. I have found this site to be more useful than anything else. Books are ok, until the bees decide to do something that isn't covered!
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    Thornes of stockbridge sale day

    And as predicted, brood boxes from the sale on ebay! http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BEEKEEPING-NATIONAL-BROOD-BOX-CEDAR-WOOD_W0QQitemZ280403527755QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Pet_Supplies_Bee_Keeping?hash=item41495a484b&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14#ht_500wt_976 Now why would anyone pay £28.99 plus £9(!!!) postage...
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    Assistance required near Winchester

    Thanks, I thought it was probably better to wait until next year. I'll try and put him off until then. I'd like to save the bees if I can, but I think they are going to be very difficult to remove from there. I'll let you know if/when I tackle it!
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    Assistance required near Winchester

    The farmer whose land my hives are located on, has a colony of bees living in the roof of his farmhouse. He's only recently moved in, but he believes the colony has been there for a few years. He'd like them removed if possible, although I guess this time of year isn't too good for doing that...
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    Thornes of stockbridge sale day

    First one of these I've been to. I was amazed how busy it was. I was at an immediate disadvantage being there on my own, and without a trolley! Managed to buy three supers, a roof, and 100 frames. Couldn't carry any more! Worth it though. £200 of stuff for £100 - and its only a 10 minute drive...
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    Thornes of stockbridge sale day

    I'm going to pop along. Just to clarify the original post, its on Saturday, not Sunday. I got sent the following list via e-mail Cedar hive parts in economy grade timber and frames in lower grade timber all at less than half normal first quality retail price. National super...
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    Extractor choice

    Thanks for the input. I think I'll try and borrow the association one this year, and see how it goes.
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    we are making progress!!!

    Thorne are doing an "occasional" jacket and veil for £5 this month! https://secure.thorne.co.uk/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/millhouse/thorne/shop/shania?ACTION=thispage&THISPAGE=pagethismonth.html&ORDER_ID=407850556
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    Extractor choice

    I'll probably only have a small number of supers to extract this year, but hoping to get another couple of hives next year, to bring my total to 4 or 5. I'm not sure if I'm going to buy an extractor this year yet, (depends if I can borrow one or not!) but if I do, I'm not too sure what to buy...
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    Reaction to sting

    Yes, they don't seem to like Cuprinol. I had the same thing a few weeks back - mine were good enough to give me a fly by warning, so I didn't actually get stung, but I retreated to the other end of the garden to finish my Cuprinol painting! :)
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    Which direction does the hive face

    Mine next to a railway line too, and they don't seem to mind, even when a large goods train goes past in the middle of an inspection!
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    Queen Excluder - which way up?

    Thanks - glad to know I had it the right way up! We used zinc slotted excluders on the course I went on, so wasn't expecting as much brace comb as I have been getting on my own hives.
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    Queen Excluder - which way up?

    This is probably a very stupid question, but can't seem to find the answer to it anywhere. I'm using a wooden framed wire queen excluder on a National hive. The excluder has bee space on one side. When I initially fitted it, I presumed the bee space should be on the bottom..... but the bees are...
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    leather glove cleaning

    Good tip on the socks..... now why didn't I think of that?! :-) Will look out for the longer nitrile gloves!
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    leather glove cleaning

    I'd like to use nitrile gloves. I bought a big box from ebay, but when I put them on last week to do a hive inspection, there was a big gap of exposed skin where my sleeve joined the glove, so I went back to the leather gloves. Maybe I need to try a different size? I don't really like the...
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    Queen Marking

    I'd like to mark the queen from the swarm I acquired a few weeks ago. I guess its impossible to tell how old the queen is from a swarm, so I suppose It doesn't really matter what colour to use. I find it hard to find the queen unless she's marked. I know its not always essential to find her, and...
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    Cuprinol

    The Nuc box wasn't occupied, I was just treating it near my other hives. 30-40 feet away. The Cuprinol was the one Thornes sell - Cuprinol Clear I think its called.
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    Cuprinol

    I was sorting out my nuc box yesterday, and decided to give it a couple of coats of Cuprinol. My bees are located on top of a flat garage roof. I've not had any problems with bees being aggressive in the garden before, but they seemed to really object to the Cuprinol. There was a gentle breeze...
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    Bombus Hypnorum

    I think I got there a bit early, as there were still a few flying - not ideal, but I think most of them were in the box when I moved it. Glad I had my bee suit on. They weren't too amused about it!
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    Bombus Hypnorum

    Well moved them tonight, about 20 feet away from where they were. I blocked the entrance to the bird box with a piece of gauze and a couple of drawing pins. Not sure its worked well though, as there are quite a few bees circling around the old location of the box. Time will tell..... Got a nice...
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