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    Swarm in hive roofo

    Just noticed bees enter empty hive under roof and it is a swarm if they have started comb building what is the best way to sort them out. If they have brood in the comb could I turn the roof upside down and place a brood box with a roof on top would they move into the brood
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    Swarm query

    Will a queenless swarm draw comb. Or am I having difficulty spotting the Queen
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    Election post boards

    Keep your eye on Election posters.Come Friday after the election they are so useful around the apiary. You can use them to make up a nuc box, they're perfect for running in a swarm and if you're power hosing round the house make a great shield to avoid splashing doors or windows.
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    Overturned Hives

    Having been housebound for 2 weeks I had a quick look at my 2 aparies this afternoon. First one had a hive blown over quickly got it back in place. second apiary had two hive down again was able to put right, bees very calm. Quite an interesting afternoon
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    I have a hive with a small entrance should I still be able to treat without any problems it is not possible to widen entrance or should I transfer bees to another hive
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    Mountains of Mourne honey

    Interested to know how was the honey this especially with this fantastic September. But time to bring them home now was caught out in the past with wet weather
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    Borrowed honey

    At a local show today I entered a class for 2 jars medium honey, but when I called later to view only one jar was on view. Stewards informed me that someone had "borrowed" one of the jars.
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    Frame storage

    what is the best way to store and protect brood frames from wax moths
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    Takeover Wasps

    Just had a bad day, discovered one hive has been blitz .How should I protect the other hives
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    Feeding swarm

    A prime swarm arrived in the past week, they have settled in their new hive, should I feed them
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    Smoker problems

    We experience problems at times with a smoker when the smoker and the bellows keep coming apart despite our best efforts to tighten the nut. I think I have come up with a method to get over this problem by the use of cable ties to stop movement of the legs.
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    Went through my hives to day one queen laying well with sealed brood but the second hive had just handful of bees and a good looking queen. I don't want to lose the queen, advice please
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    Small extractor holds 4 shallows has not been used for many years. Northern Ireland collect will not be hard to deal with, Perfect for a few hives.
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    Sheets of wax

    I have over they years gathered up from bee keepers who have passed on several hundered sheets of wax, various sizes. What is the best way to deal with them, send them for exchange or melt them down, they may be to old for use
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    Apiguard and dead bees

    Put on Apiguard on 5 hives two weeks past, hives full of bees. went back today to give second treatment was met with 3 hives of dead bees. What could have gone wrong
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    honey blank

    Having kept bees for 40 years I have just experienced by worst year ever. Whats the problem? No honey and I really mean NO honey. Put on Aipguard this morning, hives full of bees , now I just want them to overwinter and start again. Am I on my own or has anyone had the same problem
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    Sticky honey

    Was extracting 4 supers today and came across really sticky honey, difficult to extract. What could the bees have been working on, I am 30 miles from heather
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    hive missing

    Checked my bees in my out apiary yesterday. I had a spare hive well hidden from view in the orchard where I keep my bees. Well trodden grass and nettles was a giveaway sign but no hive. What must have happened the persons snooping must have seen a swarm on the move followed it and found my and...
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    swarm underneath hive

    When looking at my bees I noticed that there seems to be a swarm under one of the hives. The hive has a mesh floor and is sitting on a milk crate the bees having drawn out frames which are stuck to the mesh. What would be the best way to deal with this .
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    Queenless hive

    I hsve a hive that has been without her ladyship for three week. Would they accept a frame of brood and eggs