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  1. boywonder

    Setting up a 3-frame mating nuc

    Hi - I know I should have planned this properly, but I thought it would come to me easily (but it is not). Situation: - I have some Queen cells - produced from grafting into Nicot cups - due to emerge on Thursday (more next week) - to avoid the risk of an early emergence playing havoc, roller...
  2. boywonder

    Go figure...

    Please... As I have no idea how to read this. A couple of my colonies, with perfectly good 2020 Queens, laying extremely well (pattern, vigour) etc... are throwing up properly formed Queen cells ... One or two... So, possible supersedure intentions, but none of said cells have brood food/royal...
  3. boywonder

    Snelgrove II vs. Supersedure (?)

    Snelgrove II dilemma - thoughts on a postcard, please. So, I have a 'green queen' (into her 3rd season), who has been continuing to lay well, with the colony becoming very strong. All things being equal, I might either expect supersedure later in the season, and, failing that would have planned...
  4. boywonder

    Fitting of castellations

    Quick question on super castellations. On my own supers, I simply pin the castellations to the inside of the box. Given the pre-drilled holes, and the ease with which I can pull these off and e.g. replace with runners, I would think this is what most people do (?). Maybe I'm mistaken. Over the...
  5. boywonder

    Nectar flow this time of year ? (UK - Mids)

    A couple of weeks ago (start of March) I went to heft (and inspect fondant levels on) colonies in my main out-apiary. At the time, I was being vigilant only as the bees were becoming more active, beginning brood rearing (evidenced by copious pollen gathering) and also as I only had a couple of...
  6. boywonder

    Making good use of new (late season) Queens

    Hi all. I am exiting the season with 11 strong-looking hives (though I have one which was 'query-queenless' on latest quick inspection at the weekend, plus one which was in a similar position a couple of weeks prior which was not opened this week - noting though there is now plenty of pollen...
  7. boywonder

    Moisture content vs Flow frames

    Earlier this year, I sold a colony of bees to a local couple (new beekeepers). We have maintained contact, and I have been helping mentor them a little. Off their own backs, they elected to buy a Flow super for the summer flow, rather than use the National super I sold them. I don't want this...
  8. boywonder

    Wasp extermination ?

    Hi all. Wasp season seems to be underway here - with a vengeance. I have 5 nucs in the garden, and whilst three are guarding their entrances OK, two are being plundered, I today observed. So, out came the Waspbane, and I am pondering if/where I might have a better location to which I can move...
  9. boywonder

    Help the Aged

    ... and sorry if that sounds facetious - it's not supposed to. I would appreciate your collective and individual advice here, please. Today, a village neighbour (we've been in the village nearly 20 years now, and he over 30, and we've never met; which is bizarre in itself) knocked on my door...
  10. boywonder

    Demaree - supers need extracting soon

    Hi again. Sorry, another numpty question. If I need to deal with swarming, I usually do a Pagden AS, or variant thereof. I want, however, to try a Demaree on a particular hive, in which I today saw (and knocked-down) some early-stage charged cells. This hive has two supers, which are largely...
  11. boywonder

    Queen cell - unsure as to next action

    I'm posting on the beginners forum partly as I feel like I should know instinctively what's happened, and what to do ... but this game is a bit like snakes and ladders, and I've just hit a snake. Photo to follow in a few minutes, when I get on my phone, but, essentially: - this is my weakest...
  12. boywonder

    Bailey comb change - another cock-up

    Hi all, quick one, hopefully, for those in-the-know about this procedure. I tried two last year, using proper Bailey boards. One suceeded; the other failed - as the Queen absconded. I understand this is not uncommon - especially if all the frames in the new box contain foundation; hence the...
  13. boywonder

    Abelo Poly Hives - Standard Practice

    Hi all, having run only cedar hives to the BS design up to now, I am this year also running some Abelo Poly hives. So, just two quick questions for poly hive aficionados, please ... 1. Whilst a cedar box will take 12 frames (very, very snugly) - so would normally be run on 11+ a dummy board...
  14. boywonder

    Mustard Flower Honey

    Hi all. Just curious to know if anyone has any experience of honey where the bees have foraged extensively on mustard seed, and whether it has distinctive properties (colour, consistency, granulation, taste). It's just that my late summer honey from my main out-apiary has been very different...
  15. boywonder

    Cost of Increase (increasing costs !)

    6 years ago, I started out in beekeeping, buying (locally) a really healthy colony in a 14x12 Paynes poly-nuc - for £150. At the time, I thought I was paying marginally over the odds, but was very happy (for a number of reasons) to commit. So, today, I am being invited by a farmer where I have...
  16. boywonder

    Tapatalk

    Hi - it surely can't just be me that is having problems accessing the forum via Tapatalk recently. This is happening on both the devices I have Tapatalk installed on (one has Tapatalk Pro 8.5.0 ... the other basic Tapatalk 8.5.2) ... and is only happening when trying to access this Fourm - all...
  17. boywonder

    Flighty young Queen

    Hi all... Now, I am not an overly meddlesome beekeeper, and I usually get my timings etc... right, but yesterday, my intuition failed me, and a nuc I opened up to check if there was a new, laying Queen had no eggs/brood, but ...... .... hey ... there is/was a small, cute (presumably/possibly)...
  18. boywonder

    BS Nuc: post-split action

    Hi all - just a quick question really. This year, I have tried out a couple of BS Honeybees poly-nucs (which, BTW, I find to be very impressive, dealing with pretty much every design 'issue' I have with my Paynes and Maisemore boxes). These come with a divider you can use, and entrances on...
  19. boywonder

    Swarm in chimney - immediate options

    Hi all. A family in my village have bees in their chimney (and, for reasons we all know, the local BKA won't deal with swarms in chimneys, and the local council's pest controllers won't deal with bees). They believe it is a swarm which took up residence on Monday, and - looking at the activity...
  20. boywonder

    (Sale) Prices / Frames etc...

    Maybe it's just where my head is ... but I am a little underwhelmed by what I have seen in the Thornes sale. I did umm and ahh about fully assembled (2nd quality) national supers at £15, but they have gone now. Bummer. Otherwise, the main reason for looking was frames. I have previously (only)...
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