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  1. Parsonage Bees

    Frames without foundation

    I found when alternating foundationless and drawn frames in a super they can tend to make the drawn frame thicker. I guess it's easier. Not a problem you just uncap the frame flat. They start the foundationless frame, they can complete it next year. You end up with this.
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    Apivar in January

    Yep, Apivar works. The instructions say not to expect a drop immediately after application but this was the inspection tray after 1 day.
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    13th jan -Pollen coming in ?

    Orange, surely. ? Hazel? Today, too cold here but couple of days ago had to help one brave girl who crashed into the grass up to the entrance with her pollen load. Need every soldier! (I'm a bit soft it has been said).
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    Apivar in January

    You sound in a very similar situation to me, nettle. Brood box and a super of stores. I used ApiLife Var, ending mid September. Mite drop at end of September and October was increasing, worst colony 70v/day (btw, counting mite drop works imo, if you do enough of it). I don't like using synthetic...
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    Drones spotted today

    Had one like this and the queen was failing slowly. Laying some drone brood all through the winter. In spring they tried too early to replace her, failed and by May she disappeared and I united them with another colony. By which time there were more drones than workers. . . . . Ben
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    You're a mountaineering beekeeper then, Pete. :LOL::ROFLMAO::LOL::ROFLMAO:
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    Adapting Kit To Make Mating Nucs

    How did you make an internal feeder? I made a plywood box and put fondant in it. Better if it held syrup. I've been looking for some type of plastic container that would fit.
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    All flying but this one 'different'. Clusters of bees cleaning another bee. My theory is they are queenless and a bee drifts over from hive next door and gets smothered by residents detecting queen pheromone. Colony was broodless, possibly queenless at beginning of November. ?
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    Cleaning honey extractors

    Good grief this is never ending. What about my lead pipes?
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    Cleaning honey extractors

    Thanks PB. Had to replace the steel gears, bearings and fasteners with nylon gears and stainless nuts and bolts. But also must improve cleaning procedure. This food safety management system sounds like a risk assessment with mitigation actions. Discovered I needed a risk assessment to have a...
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    Cleaning honey extractors

    PeaBee, For the first time I've produced 100lb of honey for sale. Not registered with the local council. When it's a matter of whether food is safe is there any difference in the standards for me, in my kitchen, and someone producing 10,000lbs? I have met a bee farmer who commented about the...
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    "Survivor bees" found in Blenheim Forest

    Had to look up Apiary Vicinity Mating. What aristocratic bees these are. Did someone say inbred?
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    "Survivor bees" found in Blenheim Forest

    So why are there any small black bee colonies down in the woods when the external pressure of yellow, vigorous genetics is so strong? Do they have their own DCAs in the magical oak land glades protected by sinister damp valleys?
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    "Survivor bees" found in Blenheim Forest

    This is a job for . . . . . . BeeBase. I now (temporarily) have an apiary on the Blenheim Palace grounds (Oxfordshire map ref : SP441160). Number of apiaries within 10km? . . .. . 194 Looks like the Dukes of Marlborough may find it difficult to control the local drone congregation areas.
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    Collecting smoker fuel

    ? Yes, strong smell, tar in smoker but it stays lit.
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    Collecting smoker fuel

    Pine needles. Drop before the other leaves from big Scots pine by the road across the village. Or punky ie. rotten wood.
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    Adapting Kit To Make Mating Nucs

    No, I used 2nd quality boxes and frames from the Thorne sale because all of the dimensions are right. I have access to a table saw which makes it easier to keep things square and repeatable. Make the box first and then the frames to fit. Frame sides are standard and the size and position of the...
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    Adapting Kit To Make Mating Nucs

    I didn't want to have a new frame size so previously have divided brood boxes into 2 and 3. But this uses a lot of wax and bees. A half super divided into 3 is a similar size to the mating nucs I've seen. So you need only a cup full of bees in each division to start them off. 2 of these half...
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