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    Enforcing licenced products

    A subject that came up on a page yesterday, has anyone been fined, convicted of using unlicenced products. I am referring to specifically varroa products.
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    Making a II system

    Hi I am in the process of making a II system. I would consider buying one but it is such a lot of money for what I can see is an overcomplicated over polished overpriced system. I have an engineer friend who can make the standard base. I have sorted the CO2 side. I have a list of bits that I...
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    Book collection for sale

    John Bryan 6 May at 09:00 I am posting this with the permission of Kev and Shirley. My father is 86 and has finally given up beekeeping and is moving to accommodation better suited to his current needs. Apart from all his practical beekeeping gear we also have over 40 years worth of beekeeping...
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    Stingproof beesuit

    Anyone tried it? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-43488461
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    The Harry Johnson Trust

    Just a heads up for an amazing beekeeping collection who belonged to Robert C Young who was editor of Beecraft, going up on Ebay at the moment, proceeds to The Harry Johnson Trust who was a little fella aged 7 who died from cancer in 2014, his Mum set up the charity and 100% of the money goes to...
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    This is an easier way.......

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41523027
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    A question about drones.

    Ok, as the title suggests I have a question about drones.... If say for example you have a F0 Buckfast hive with queen. Then you make a queen an egg/larvae from that hive, the new queen is born a virgin F0. She then mates with black drones, she is then a Buckfast F1 for example. Her workers are...
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    What are the chances

    What are the chances of vapourising the queen on the first use of a Varrox.
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    Thoughts on fondant for winter feed

    Just as the title suggests, what are opinions on this? I have managed to find Apifonda at around £1.20 for a KG, I am feeding around 80 hives 50 miles away which is seriously labour intensive. I have recently read some bee farmers regularly feed bees this way for winter. These arent colonies I...
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    AFB again

    One for Finman really, I have AFB again on a hive with double brood, a really strong hive. I think I have made a mistake using Tylosine. I went yesterday to treat, after checking 150 or so hives, I was tired. I took all the sealed brood frames out with around 30 punctured cells for the whole...
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    Buckfast breeder queen

    Does anyone know of any suppliers of Buckfast breeder queens?
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    Anyone seen these?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3111534/It-s-invasion-huge-European-hornet-spotted-anxious-British-public-seek-solace-extremely-aggressive-two-inch-insects-feed-BEES-paving-way-arrival-deadly-Asian-cousins.html I'm currently having as much of a problem with European hornets than Asian...
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    Disease expert advice required

    I'm looking for a disease expert for help with one of my apiaries. No help, bee inspectors etc in Portugal. Story so far, I have many colonies dotted over around 10 apiaries in Northern Portugal. One apiary is constantly getting AFB and EFB once. This has been going on for around a year, its...
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    Some absolute crap on youtube!

    I was just browsing and came across this, so whats all this about?!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRdtrTrTjwQ
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    Where can you buy the best queens?

    Hi, I have had some problems with Queens bought in over the last few years, same supplier, 2 were drone layers, 2 were drone layers in the spring, one vanished into thin air 3 weeks on. Where do people recommend for getting in queens, price, quality and not lookling for Buckfast or Carnolian...
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    Best place to buy mated queens

    Hi, I have had some problems with Queens bought in over the last few years, same supplier, 2 were drone layers, 2 were drone layers in the spring, one vanished into thin air 3 weeks on. Where do people recommend for getting in queens, price, quality and not lookling for Buckfast or Carnolian...
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    Away for 3 weeks

    Hi everyone! I'm looking for some ideas, I'm going away for 3 weeks on 28th July, getting married actually! Problem is, I have 10 full colonies and roughly 20 nucs or hopefully will have. I have a few beekeeping friends but dont want to put on them and ask them to inspect. So how do I cut the...
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    Carlisle, North Cumbria, SW Scotland

    Hi, Mentorship offered in Carlisle or North Cumbria, SW Scotland. Mark
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    Hive types in Portugal

    Hi, I'm planning a move to northern Portugal next year and going to keep bees I've done some research into hive types and see they mainly use Reversivel Lusitania, does anyone on here know anything about dimensions/frames etc? I understand one is like a national and the other langstroth, not...
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    Nucs for sale in the North!

    Hi i have surplus Nucs and colonies for sale in Carlisle. They are on both National and Langstroth frames, full colonies on 7+ frames and nucs on 3 and 5 frames both local and Carnolian and a Buckfast but no good for up north! 2011 queens. I have tried donating and will when I next can...
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