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    What did you do in the 'workshop' today

    Four more hives bought in the thornes sale. All put together today ready for paint tomorrow.
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Checked colonies today. Have taken the decision to put the weakest colony I have into a 5 frame nuc box. I gave them a frame of capped brood and some nurse bees from my strongest colony as well. Have a 6 frame nuc on order so will be able to give them an extra frame of stores that ive just...
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    What did you do in the 'workshop' today

    Built a bait hive for next season today.
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    Inspection software (brilliant)

    This is great. I'm working on a similar spreadsheet using Google sheets that will automatically upload to the cloud so I never lose it.
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    Nursery frames

    Aha. Have found the article on Dave Cushman. So can I ask how long could you bank a mated queen in that way?
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    Nursery frames

    Hi all. I picked up a bunch of second hand kit from a guy this year and amongst it is one of these nursery frames. Can I ask what is the best use for these? Is it for banking virgins or better for mated queen's? And how would you go about using them effectively?
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    Beekeeping Apps

    I've found apps to be a bit fiddly while inspecting. So I'm now creating a spreadsheet in Google sheets. It's based on the bbka record sheets and will have drop down menus in all cells so I can simply tap with a stylus to enter data. Google sheets auto saves and uploads to my Google drive and I...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Started work on storing kit. Frames in the freezer. Boxes in to paint. Scorch out and then will be wrapped and stacked for the winter.
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    Winter feeding.

    Well I've just got back from checking through. Have removed all but one feeder. Four colonies with enough stores to last until next inspection . The only weak one is a colony I rescued from a treefall a few weeks ago who have had to effectively start from scratch. All down on reduced entrances...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    So the loving and ever patient missus has just come back from the bottom of the garden and reported that I'd missed a gap in my.stack of sealed wet supers..... Ten minutes of chasing bees out of supers and plastic wrapping quickly ensued. 🤦
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    Winter feeding.

    Not in any depth to be honest I had a quick look for eggs to make sure they are queen right and didn't do much more. I'll go through them all tomorrow and check what stores they have currently. I guess if they have enough for a bit I'll leave them to it. And check in a week or so.
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    Winter feeding.

    Is anyone winter feeding yet? I put some feeders on this week after the warning from the bee unit. I'm thinking I may have jumped the gun a bit now though. My hives had totally demolished the apipasta packs I put on last week though so my plan for tomorrow is to go through tomorrow and...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Syrup and apiguard applied. All the hives have demolished the pollen packs so will add some more tomorrow.
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    wasp tunnel mark two

    AHH yes of course I forgot about the rodent issue. Good point.
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    wasp tunnel mark two

    Is there any real reason for having a full width entrance? I always have an entrance block in all year round. Looking at this great idea I can see my self modifying my floors to all have a tunnel permanently. After all wild bees have the same entrance size all year unless they put up a propolis...
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Made up heavy syrup for tomorrow and then sanded down and painted a couple of spare boxes. Trying hard to get all my spare kit painted, scorched out and stored early this year.
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    Disaster strikes

    I didn't put the screens up as wind breaks. My site is in the middle of an allotment site and so needed screening to push the bees up above head height. They also do have the added benefit of adding shelter as the site is fairly open but this was not the main reason for screening.
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    Disaster strikes

    Thanks itma. That's very much like the stuff I'm using. I have just got back from the site. Having finally convinced the allotment big wigs that my screens need to be concreted in. I've cleared up the mess and concreted in the main posts and left them to set. There is activity at the hive...
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    Disaster strikes

    I don't think the hive itself blew over. The screens I had to put up around the apiary were ripped out of the ground and caught the hive on their way passed is what it seems has happened.
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    Disaster strikes

    I had planned to strap them down when I put the mouse guards on but the wind beat me to it. I shall tske it as a lesson learned and strap down after feeding in future.
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