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    Unpleasant colony - what would you do?

    Here's the history: We did a cut-out for a neighbour and took home a box of bees and comb. The area was left completely clear of bees and wax, and we checked later that night and again the following day for stragglers - it was still clear. We put them in a hive, with some of their comb tied...
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    Mini BiVo mating nucs (aka the cheapest mating nucs from Th**nes)

    Does anyone use these mating nucs? Dave Cushman's website suggests painting wax on the frames (which was going to do) - it also suggests geting the tiny frames draw in another colony before stocking the nucs (which I hadn't thought of). Do you get the frames drawn in another hive before using...
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    Strange noises from a bait box - mystery solved!

    We needed a box for a cast, and we only had a bait box – we didn’t think that would be a problem. We didn’t have enough frames to fill the box, or a dummy board, so we used a couple of bits of low density polystyrene insulation to dummy out the gaps – that didn’t seem like it would be a problem...
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    Question about bruising stores in the brood box

    If there are stores in brood frames and I bruise them to encourage the bees to move the stores up to a super, should I worry about treatments that have been applied when the brood frames were in the hive? I wouldn’t put Apiguard on the hive when there are supers on, but what if some of the...
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    Does anyone have any experience of these trays?

    I could have really done with something to put a super on today to catch the drips. My dogs would prefer that I left them to drip all over the kitchen floor, but hey, it's a dog's life. Does anyone use anything like this...
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    One of our hives appears queenless, but also doesn’t

    Sorry, long post ahead… The queen was 2010, marked but not clipped. The colony is on 14x12 in a WBC. There were a nuc acquired late last year, and never really got going very well (even at their best, they had only really drawn about 6 or 7 14x12 frames last year). We fed them and they had 5...
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    Deformed Wings?

    A neighbour has a colony in their roof. They are quite happy with it, but brought three bees round for me to look at. The photo isn't very good, but one of them has wings that look, to my untrained eye, to be deformed (rather than just worn). They said that there were "several bees just...
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    Colony Population Model

    I was looking for a simulation of bee colony population, and it would appear that were was a web-based model (webbeepop) which not longer exists. However, I also found this: http://www.ars.usda.gov/services/software/download.htm?softwareid=75 which models both bee population and also varroa...
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    Requeening and QCs

    We requeened one colony in a WBC with a 14x12 brood box as follows: The colony was new this year (a combination of a small cast and a nuc) but was doing relatively well. There were bees on 7 or 8 14x12 frames, with 5 good frames of brood in all stages and some stores. The stores had been...
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    Today's Metro

    I know how he feels...
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    Bees reacting to a camera flash

    Does anyone have experience of bees reacting badly to a camera flash? We had guests watching a normal, scheduled inspection. One had a camera and took pictures with a flash. The bees seemed much more defensive than usual. Could it be the flash? I suspect it was probably just a combination...
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    Robbing?

    Relative new-comer to the art, so all help and suggestions gratefully received. We have three hives in a row, two of ours and one of a friends. Our two have been in place for some time, the third was added from a Nuc at the weekend. The box was put on a stand on Sunday and then the frames...
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    Nuc Wanted - Herts / Essex Border

    Hello - I am looking for a Nuc with BS brood frames or 14 x 12 frames. I am near Stansted airport, but can collect within 50 miles or so (evenings and weekends). I have my own box for either size of frames, but could also buy a box if that's easier for you. Please email direct on barratt_sab...
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