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    A choice of forage

    I have recently made some enquiries about placing some hives on one or more sites of a local organisation with an extensive range of sites of differing forage. They have so far agreed to this prospect but have asked me what kind of forage I would be interested in, which is undoubtedly a really...
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    Using Poly and Wood Hives, A Question...

    Hi All Just thought I would see if any of you can offer me some advice about using two different types of hive. I currently have a three hive site where I use 12x14 national brood boxes. In this coming year I am looking to establish a second site by artificially swarming one/two of my...
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    Removing Super Frames

    I understand that now is the time to be removing super, but what do i do with frames that are not totally capped, which is most of mine really. They do not appear that eager to cap off and finish a frame, they would rather start a new one, messy sods! I would quite like some honey too! P
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    Late Swarm, options...

    Hi all I wanted to canvas some opinions on what different people would do in my current situation! Early yesterday morning on of my hives (superbee) swarmed and i have been able to retrieve it. It is currently in temporary hive (temp because its not the same quality as the others and would...
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    White Strip

    I had a look through my three hives yesterday, apart from one appearing to be queenless (it swarmed about 3-4 weeks ago), I happened to notice something a little odd. A lot of bees appeared to have a very white line down there back. Upon closer inspection this appeared to be slightly fluffy...
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    Queen introduction slip up!

    On Friday I did some hive splits and carefully positioned new mated queens in cages in all the now queenless hives. At present the candy in the cages is blocked off but i have made a slight error in my endeavours. I have added the queen cages directly to the hives without providing them with...
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    Thin Foundation

    I feel a little silly for asking this, but.... How do I mount thin un-wired wax in a super frame? I appear to be getting fairly fluid at the whole wired foundation lark but im not sure how I would go about getting un-wired foundation to stay in the frame. Does it require a specialist frame or...
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    Changing Floors

    Having noticed a lot of debris on the floor of the hive, I figured it would be easier and much less of a disturbance to make an additional floor and just swap it over. Is there a particular point in the development of the colony that this should be done? P
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    A wee question about honey…

    I should first point out that my past experience of Honey consumption has been of either supermarket bought honey, or local honey from craft shops/fairs etc. Whilst at our local association meeting the other week, we bought some honey that had come from the training apery. This was fairly...
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    Excitement

    I took on a full and very well establish colony of bees in autumn last year. I slightly unconventional start to beekeeping I suspect, but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity at the time. I think I had chance to look in on two occasion before closing up for winter. All winter I have been...
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    is it normal....

    to find a lot of dead bees in front of the hive? I say a lot but i suppose that’s a matter of perspective? I would say there was about 100 or so? Maybe? I noticed a few flying on Saturday as i passed but didn’t really have a closer look. It was cold but very sunny and i suspect it had warmed...
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    should i be doing something??

    Hi all, Hope everyone had a good Christmas and new year! Just wondering if there is anything i should be doing with my bees?? They went into winter very heavy but i have been advised to feed them bakers fondant because of the cold snowy weather? Is this generally a good idea and where do i...
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    Where to get Ceder

    Hello all, I was planning on building some more hives and supers over the winter as well as an additional bb for my existing hive. I would quite like to use Ceder but im not really sure where to get it from. Can anyone offer any suggestions or perhaps talk me into an alternative. Also while...
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    Stockport

    Hi All Im new to beekeeping and was fully intent on starting out next year. As chance would have it however I have managed to obtain and established colony just as we slip into winter. The hive is located on my allotment and im looking to site an additional one or two hives there also. Im...
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    Old Hive, New owner!

    Hi Everyone Im new here so a big hello to begin with :) Now down to my question! I have recently bought a full hive from someone who was giving up beekeeping. It is in a single national brood box and is very heavy. It has already been fed and treated. On observation the little ladys all...
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