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    Permethrin

    Hi Does anyone in our community know how to clean kit contaminated with this insecticide? I look after a small club apiary and have use of a shared container to store our kit. There were a few wasps in the container as it is not insect tight. Someone - as yet not known who - has set off two...
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    Waiting for Godot

    or in this case Thornes. Made an order(biggish - over £800) with Thornes on the 28th of December, and its still down as pending. I know they get rushed with the January sales and I understand that, but this seems extra slow . Anyone else been waiting this long? Don't want to hassle them if...
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    Posts being edited by mods

    I posted on a thread about colourings being used in syrup to see where it was stored. Another forum member with let's say, an anarchic sense of humour, made a post and I referenced this in my remarks. I was slightly surprised to see my comment had been edited to remove any reference to to the...
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    Eggs not appearing to develop

    Has anyone seen anything like this and know the reason? Three weeks ago inspected a hive not looked at for a while for various reasons Store and pollen aplenty, room for the queen to lay. Didn't see queen but there were three frames of eggs at various ages - no larvae no capped brood...
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    Scorching hives revisited

    Just been scorching some kit donated by a kind widow of a newbie beekeeper. Basically a 14x12 with stand, super (1) looks like it has never had honey in it. A few frames only one of which looked used, a roof, couple of crown boards, dummy boards and a QX. I've ditched the used frame. Then...
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    feeding up and overwintering a nuc

    Hi I am going to try overwintering a nuc for the first time andlooking for a bit of advice around feeding before and during winter. Got a nice even tempered little colony in a Maisies polynuc. Three combs of brood two of them, nice solid slabs of mostly capped. This years queen. Just...
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    uniting a nuc with a grumpy colony

    Hi all I'v got a grumpy colony which needs requeening. And I've got a nice nuc at a different apiary And I need to start apiguard treatment. I think the sequence of events should be: Move nuc Put nuc in full size hive make grumpy colony queenless unite with nice colony over paper. Treat with...
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    bursting with brood - coupled with a bodged nadir

    Had two very pleasant days on the trot here in mid Wiltshire so took the opportunity to remove some nadired shallows, change floors and have a quick look. Glad I did . One particular colony was on eight frames of brood across the brood box mostly capped, with fair patches of drone brood. I...
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    OMF: Stainless Steel or Galvanized

    Hi and a Happy New Year to you all. I'm planning to make some OMF floors this winter. They will have an under floor entrance (a la JBM and others) and I am bearing in mind a probable future switch to vaporizing oxalic acid. (Currently I'm a trickler :) ). With an underfloor entrance I...
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    cocked up swarm hiving

    Hi all - after a bit of advice. Was presented with a swarm today, brought it home and got most of it in the hive. Not the smoothest operation and I obviously missed the queen the swarm reconvened in my buddleja. After a bit of thrashing around in the leaves and branches with a box and a bee...
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    Boisterous Bees and possibly queenless

    Hi all, I'm after a bit of advice. I made an old queen nuc three weeks ago from my single full colony which is large (double brood, two supers - full of bees) and has been a bit grumpyall season. In hind sight I should probably have done a straight split on seeing queen cells but my thinking...
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    Removing Nadired super

    On Sunday I went to remove the super(shallow for RAB) I put under my colony at the end of last season. However I aborted the mission when I saw the bees were all over it - about an 8" circle across the top of the frames and down into the seams. I didn't start lifting frames to see if there was...
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    Safety first? or an unnecessary faff?

    I'm looking to trickle treat my one hive with oxalic next week. So tomorrow I plan to put the inspection board in to get a varroa count and also to try and judge where the cluster is. I'll be clearing the underfloor entrance with the hook on my hive tool (in case of a dead bee build up) and...
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    Brood in super and other mess ups

    Comprehensive muck up here. Have a laugh – tell me to take the bees back where I got them from as I am obviously too stupid to keep them, but any advice would be welcome. Last weekend extracted my honey and put the super back on the hive on Monday. Put one super with some honey (third...
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    Drone laying workers or drone laying queen

    Hi First year novice beekeeper with two small colonies. One from a cast swarm (a bit less that 2 pints of bees) on May Bank holiday weekend put in a nuc box with foundation only. Bees drawing wax, making stores bringing in pollen and polishing cells but queen not seen yet and no eggs or...
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