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  1. grangebees

    Nuc - April swarm

    Found a lovely new home now. Many thanks for looking :)
  2. grangebees

    Chalk Brood

    I am no expert, but all the reading I have done suggests that it is stress of any sort, and I would imagine being moved around is stress, and the weather is changeable at present also.
  3. grangebees

    Nuc - April swarm

    Swarm established some weeks now. Lots of new bees and working well. Quiet bees sited within 2 ft of main house path and 10 ft from doors, no-one stung yet, including dog. WBC frames, but in little box which you can have. :) Worcester / Hereford borders 1 hr Birmingham 1 hr Oxford 1 1/2...
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    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Hi Everyone I thought anyone who was following the thread may have got the gist of what was happening, but if not I will just give a summary. Basically late Sunday afternoon (19th) I spotted what I now realise were scout bees from a foreign swarm going into a crack by my bedroom window to...
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    New Beekeepers questions

    Hi Hedgerow Pete I didnt know that flowers produce nector and pollen over several days, so that is at least one person who is a little more knowledgeable now thanks to you. All the best Susan
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    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Hi Everyone - new beekeepers in particular, you old hands will have nothing to learn from this. In my last instalment I left you with the picture of an orchard full of robbing bees, the original hive taking the brunt of the attack, and the other hive and bait hive having similar though milder...
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    New Beekeepers questions

    Hi Admin Just a thought - might it be an idea to have a sub-forum where total novices, or those contemplating beekeeping could ask questions of newish beekeepers without engaging the ire of those who have answered all those questions before. I am sure with a bit of input here and there from...
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    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Dear Jon - I so agree with your sentiments, there should be room for every way of keeping bees, and no one should be censored (in the true sense of the word) for not keeping bees in the way each individual thinks correct. That is why I started with conventional hives and joined the BBKA, and...
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    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Hi Grumble bee Thanks for that. I am trying to dredge my memory for what it looked like in the midst of yesterdays melee, and I think there must have been quite a bit of capped brood in amongst everything. The photos were very helpful, though as you might appreciate a little late for action...
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    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Dear Jon Had the hive already swarmed or not? I really cannot tell you whether the hive had swarmed or not. I did not see an empty queen cell, or at least think I did not. By several of the capped queen cells there were smaller open ones, but I assume these were trial cell? The queen wasnt...
  11. grangebees

    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Hi Everyone and thanks for the advice from all. I expect I have done the wrong thing, but in the circumstance I just did what I thought might be best. And I will let you know how it all worked out. This morning as soon as it warmed up I checked the little bait hive that I put a comb of honey...
  12. grangebees

    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Hello Admin I find your comment in red at the bottom particularly relevant this morning! Just checked on them, there are some bees on the comb in the bait hive still (it is about 12" away and the entrances are facing each other) There are about 40 or so bees on the landing board of the main...
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    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Roy S Sorry I must have gone to bed just after you posted. Have quickly read up on artificial swarms. I have two hives Could I take frames with a couple of queen cells and just put them into the empty hive, together with some frames with honey and brood. I am pretty certain I would not be...
  14. grangebees

    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Hi and many thanks for your reply - I am trying to be as non-interventionist as possible, and hope eventually to go on to Abbe Warre hives, but I did treat in the late summer autumn for varroa, though I couldnt bring myself to open the hive in the cold weather and pour the acid on them (even...
  15. grangebees

    I think my bees are about to swarm advice please

    Hello All - I am new to beekeeping. Someone kindly gave me a very old hive last year and in july a swarm took possession. I have read up as much as I can and have gone to a beekeeping weekend, but it is still difficult without experience I had checked the hive (from outside) this morning and...
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