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    Swarm housing variances

    Just wanted to say that I had a swarm off one of my hives a few weeks ago and it took 4 attempts to rehouse them............had a really tough time with them tracking back to the old hive 3 times on varying days. In the end i moved the new hive to old site whilst they swarmed in a tree and it...
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    Swarm housing variances

    Just wanted to say that I had a swarm off one of my hives a few weeks ago and it took 3 attempts to rehouse them............has a really tough time with them tracking back to the old hive. In the end i moved the new hive to old site whilst they swarmed in a tree and it worked a treat. Had...
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    New Frame Quality

    I have bought a few sets of frames recently and wanted some feedback regarding the quality. Do people think that there are 2 grades of timber, as I bought some from 1 company and they are very light in both colour and weight, like thick balsa wood almost and they were ok to fit together but not...
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    Unusual frame sizes?

    Has anyone ever heard of frame sizes as follows, I've got a lot of them and can't find their exact size anywhere listed on here or the web, they're hoffman Top bar - 44.4cm Long x 2cm wide side bars - 20cm bottom bars - 36cm I'd really appreciate it if anyone knows, they are professionally...
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    Hacked Off - Swarm loss

    Totally hacked off today - twice I've had a hive of mine swarm in 4 days, first time I caught the swarm by shaking into cardboard box, then put it into a new BB with frames and foundation (a different hive size to my others so can't put drawn out frames in there)- then they went back to the...
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    waterproof membrane around winter hives

    Hi, Has or does anyone wrap the sides of their hives in winter with a breathable but waterproof fabric? I'm not trying to open a debate about insulation, there's lots of that discussed previously, I just want to hear views on this aspect which i hope would keep water out of the 2 x 14x12's BB...
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    Fondant dripping

    Has anyone any experience of fondant dripping syrup, I made up some fondant a couple of weeks ago, it's set OK, and by OK I mean that it is firm to the touch and retains shape, it isn't however something that is like marzipan, e.g. totally flexible and mouldable, it's a bit more granular. when...
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    How to feed Candy

    Hi, I want to make my own candy again this winter and have seen on you tube how easy it is to do properly. 3 questions I could do with help on please: 1 - as well as sugar and water i saw a demo which used some liquid Glucose out of a jar, do you use this method, or just sugar and water? 2 -...
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    Help Please - Low Stores in colony

    Hello, I have just rescued a colony from a mate of mine who lost his job and is now having to work away from home. I have just inspected them to find that they only have 6lb of stores I reckon. They are a very strong colony in terms of numbers, the hive is never going to make it through the...
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    Asking for clarification on Drone Brood

    I've looked at several threads and want to be specific to my timings and issue of drone brood. I had a cast swarm form hive number 3 for me on 29th May, then queen left with another cast. issue with QC's so moved a QC on frame from original hive into hive 3 and this hatched on 9th June, but...
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    Commercial frame size identification please

    I'm trying to identify the exact name and foundation type of the 2nd hand hives I bought last year, which I was told were commercial. This was from a large commercial producer of honey I think? I've looked on the web and this forum but still unsure what I've got? Frame type 1 - Deep BB with...
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    From 1 to 4 hives in a week - what now?

    Last Sunday i split my colony into 2, it was getting V large and it was a double BB. I moved the queen and young bee's with brood and stores, the old hive also had plenty of brood and stores left. At this point I saw no queen cells but didn't check every frame. All well till Monday night, then...
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    To feed or not to feed - that is the question

    Hello, I'm new to beekeeping and the forum, I enjoy reading the threads it's really valuable to read what others are experiencing. I have 1 colony in a brood box which I collected last Friday pm, I was advised to feed the 5 - 6 frames worth of bees with some Ambrosia I was kindly given with the...
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