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    new queen and apigard

    Hi all, If you are introducing a new queen can you also treat with apigard or is it best to wait tlll she is established? Colony has very little capped brood and has been queenless for around 10 days, Thanks for any thoughts.
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    Hive a mess with wild comb and frame sizes

    So now have all bees in one brood box and destroyed queen cells. Few bits of capped brood left. Can I wait 5 days to requeen or do I need to do it sooner? Worried a delay might make colony less receptive. Jeepers they were cross!
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    Hive a mess with wild comb and frame sizes

    Mission accomplished, looked for queen but frantic running bees made that impossible. So shook them all out a la RAB. Thanks for all encouragement, will update. Skibee.
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    Hive a mess with wild comb and frame sizes

    Thanks so much RAB, yes will requeen now, and will find her tomorrow at any cost. Hubby and I are quite quaking in our boots at the thought of going back down there but there is no option. Anyone got any lovely queens on offer? Skibee
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    Hive a mess with wild comb and frame sizes

    So thanks to all the replies. This evening did divide and conquer (Redwood's number 3). Bees poured out straight away, very, very cross. We were mobbed, but managed to take out half the brood as suggested which is now in a seperate box. Retreated under a hail of stings to gloves and suit...
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    Hive a mess with wild comb and frame sizes

    Amazingly detailed reply, thanks so much. So I will leave the moved hive in new position and carefully read this to decide what to do tomorrow. Thanks
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    Hive a mess with wild comb and frame sizes

    I have a hive which has a confusion of frame sizes and boxes including some with wild comb attached to brood frame running the entire depth of the colony. (two supers and a brood box, national frames.) I have twice tried to allow HM to go into a fresh brood box placed on top of colony but...
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    Honey in brood chamber

    Thanks for reply. Good point, stupidly didn't check. Will make that first task tomorrow.
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    Honey in brood chamber

    I have just united a colony with a queen less colony with this configuration using national equipment floor brood box with queen queen excluder super queen excluder with paper (now all gone) super brood box with quite a lot of honey in it. I have removed second queen excluder and put a crown...
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    Disadvantages of Beekeeping

    You become a beekeeping bore. People must dread asking me how the bees are now. "ooh I'm so glad you asked..... bla bla bla ......and then I spotted the queen....bla bla bla..... and the swarm was 30ft up a tree...... bla bla bla." Skibee
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    Remove wasps nest

    Hi all, Is it possible to get rid of wasps from a nest in a shed wall without killing them? I suspect the answer is no but I have a friend who wants to do it. Thanks Skibeebee -smillie
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Been desperate to open strong colony all week but unable cos of work commitments until today. Found 10 sealed QC's. Panic. Luckily read Poly Hives excellent post on A/S (twice). Couldn't find queen, so split colony into three with queen cells in each following Poly's excellent "Plan B"...
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    Apiguard tainted supers

    Yes just three supers. I was worried the bees might move it around and put it in the other supers if I left it in the hive.
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    Apiguard tainted supers

    Hi guys, What should I do with Super frames full of sealed honey that may be tainted with Apiguard after an emergency spring treatment? Was thinking of removing then freezing whole frames and giving back to the bees at the end of summer. But will the honey granulate on the comb and become...
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    Swarming.... some thoughts.

    Great thread thanks so poly et al.:coolgleamA:
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    oil seed rape - should I or shouldn't I?

    Thanks PH and Rab, So good idea then to find out if it will be spring OSR. The farmer (whose father used to keep bees) was very keen to help. Regards SKB
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    oil seed rape - should I or shouldn't I?

    The very kind farmer who owns a field next to me has offered to plant it with oil seed rape. It's probably about a couple of acres and around 100m from the hives. Is this a good offer and should I take him up on it? Sounds like I will need to be aware of taking any surplus off early/in a...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Just sat in bee shed with a cup of tea and watched bees bringing in lots of pollen. Lovely. :coolgleamA:
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    Favourite beekeeping memory???

    Catching my first swarm in a garden. The excitement of getting lots of bees in the box only to discover Queeny was still in bush. Finally carrying them home wrapped in sheet just after dusk was lush. :coolgleamA:
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    New book,by John Harding.

    Hi, can whoever is next on the list to read the book please give me their address please? I will be finished in a couple of days. Thanks. SKB
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