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    Feral colony

    They were there yesterday. Going well!!
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    Feral colony

    Yes they will be fine until someone moans, they are right at the entrance of the WC's just above head height, then they will learn their fate. Just thought I would put it out there for anyone local to assess. Nevermind.
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    Feral colony

    Noticed a very active feral colony in the soffet of the ladies WC next to the LimeKilns Café on the A5 nr Llangollen today. The soffet is very rotten providing quite a big entrance. Don't know if they can be rescued.?
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Thanks Beeno I do keep notes so will see.
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Saw Two Queens!!!! Read about it but not seen it. Saw an unmarked queen and ran to get my marker, lost her so carried on looking and there was our original marked queen!!! about 2 frames away, (she is 2 years old) we have eggs and some brood, despite the apiguard. Will they both go into the...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Artificial Swarm in the rain!! Frantically making up frames this morning, (Bee keeping? Woodworking under pressure more like. :rolleyes:) one hive left to AS today, but its just started raining!!! Its got to be done today, so hopefully it will dry up while I have a brew and finish the frames...
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    Queen Wasps

    I saw a queen Hornet too....couldn't believe it! I didn't know we got them this far north, (Cheshire) Hope she does't like my garden or Hives!!
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    there building comb in the feeder.

    Thank you Eric, I will as soon as the weather allows.
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    there building comb in the feeder.

    I have a small colony that went into the winter on 6 seams of bees, they are just in a brood box, I fed them like mad in the autumn and they have over the last week taken half of a Kilo of fondant. in the empty part of the container, I noticed today, they have just started to build comb. My...
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    OA Treatment

    Thank you to everyone for their input............even if it is asking more and more questions! By the Way I am a "she" and I am in Cheshire. and I have OA today. I saw it as a lose lose situation. Chill them/harm the brood/give the Varroa a chance/???? I don't know.
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    OA Treatment

    I see, thanks for help
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    OA Treatment

    Thanks Polyhive...just needed a kick...I will do it now..quickly.
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    OA Treatment

    Hello I made some OA up yesterday with the intention of treating today as this is the first time my bees have been anything like inactive. But having read a few threads I don't know if I should do it now, because of them losing heat. I know its late for OA but as I say they've been so active...
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    Will my bees swarm if i over feed them fo winter?

    Oh thanks will look at that one, better have a quick inspect before it cools down for the evening.
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    Will my bees swarm if i over feed them fo winter?

    Warm Weather Hello I have a similar concern, I have 4 Nationals, all treated and effectivly shut down for winter, on a brood box and 1 super, they have been taking syrup for about a month now like no tomorrow, and flying well on the balsam.....now its gone red hot!! I'm worried they may think...
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    Sad Loss!

    Hello Hebeegeebee The brood box had stores left in the outer 4 frames, looks like they didn't venture out to them, the super was full, the Q ex was still on, there were bees in cells in 2 areas of the centre frames about 4" apart. We didn't use apiguard which I now think was our biggest mistake...
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    Sad Loss!

    Thank you I will do that when I get home today. Its our first loss and it makes you feel very guilty. especially if it is varroa.
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    Sad Loss!

    Sad Loss Thank you for your words. I will test for nosema, We have had extremes of temperature day/night recently and they were active in the day, many dropped in to a cold zone just infront of the hive on some days when the temp dropped. Picked alot up but not all. This was our biggest...
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    Sad Loss!

    I feel sick! Listened to our "main" hive which we have had for 3 years today and nothing......all dead. Classic starvation symptoms but there was still 25lbs of honey in a super above their heads and 2 kg of fondant above that just in case. There seemed to be 2 centres to the cluster quite a...
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