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    Accidental swarm merger!

    Thanks, All a bit confusing at the time, and had visions of both swarms absconding... but have settled down well now. Guess they sorted it out. Weather at the time was dry but cool, late on in the evening, probably 8pm... guess they'd rather have an old hive then a brand new one! Ru
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    Accidental swarm merger!

    Afternoon all, Just want to see if this has happened to anyone else.. and what to watch out for as I'm new to this! Quick background is we have 2 hives, 1 revived a swarm 10 days ago, settled down fine, happily drawing out comb, laying eggs... then a week after that swarm was given to us, we...
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    Here and Gone...

    Everyone, Thank you for the thoughts and advice, always helpful to have some useful input. We've spoken to the swarm donater, who had another he kept on the same day, which absconded twice on him... so we feel better... although sad to be without bees!! I've spent a bit of time this afternoon...
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    Here and Gone...

    Hi, Sorry... We're in East Sussex, between Seaford and Eastbourne! Thanks Ru
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    Here and Gone...

    Afternoon all, Not having much luck with bees at the moment... Our (me and the misses, although it's really her project!) first hive of bees died over the winter, no idea why. Our friendly local bee man said dispose of them and all honey, clean hive by singing and put in new foundation...
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    Bees remove foundation along wires

    Afternoon all, Thanks for previous help... As in the title really, I've got a newish (~6weeks) swarm that we put into a national hive brood box with 11 frames of new foundation, the type with the zig zag wire set into the foundation. Whilst they've drawn out about 8 frames, we moved an empty...
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    When To Add 1st Super

    HI, Thanks, we're in the SE on the coast near Eastbourne, so the flow still seems to be on, with plenty of Blackberry, and even some clover still around (not sure how good this is, but bees seem to love it!). Ru
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    When To Add 1st Super

    Hi all, Long time reader... just haven't asked a question before... so Hi! We (me and my girlfriend) started bee keeping about 5 weeks ago (they're technically hers!) with a swarm which we put into a blank hive with 11 frames of foundation in the brood box. On last nights inspection they'd...
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