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  1. Christine Hamilton

    When to do my winter vape?

    After the really cold spell we’ve just had and then adding a few days on giving 11 to 12 days so pretty sure that there will be very little if any sealed brood. The science clearly shows that getting rid of as many varroa as possible in early winter gives the best start for the following year.
  2. Christine Hamilton

    When to do my winter vape?

    Ive done mine today with a Gasvap. All the experts seem to recommend early December rather than the Christmas - New Year week.
  3. Christine Hamilton

    Oxalic acid vap

    I have bought a Gasvap and will use it in the next few weeks. Do I need to block,up the floors of the hives before use? I bought the full kit. Do you have any tips for me?
  4. Christine Hamilton

    Cow **** Honey

    A few years ago I was on a farm in France with husband and daughter. My daughter had a cough and the farmer brought us some miel and told us to make up honey and lemon. As this was a standard thing of my childhood I was happy to do it. For whatever reason I didn’t try the honey first. Once my...
  5. Christine Hamilton

    BBKA membership

    To join or not to join. I’m a member with no regrets. I like the magazine, I find it informative. I’m happy to have the insurance. I’ve joined the local club which has been extremely helpful for advice and support and they are lovely friendly group. I’m impressed with the way that they are...
  6. Christine Hamilton

    Zero Harvest Returns

    Very bad very me in north Lancs. Full supers in June were emptied over Summer . That teaches me a lesson to remove at least some of the full ones as the year goes along.
  7. Christine Hamilton

    Asian hornet traps and baits - please review what you've used

    Your scenario is only true if there is a shortage of forage. If there is a lot of forage then four queens wil thrive and there will be four times the offspring, than if they weren’t killed in the Spring. If there is a shortage of forage and three are killed then you may get a larger nest from...
  8. Christine Hamilton

    Asian hornet traps and baits - please review what you've used

    Ive seen photos of the AH compared to EH and bees and wasps but ive not seen photos of queen AH compared to workers. What is the size and appearance differences. Does anyone know?
  9. Christine Hamilton

    Asian hornet traps and baits - please review what you've used

    It looks like the drink bottles do much better than the proprietory traps. Do you just leave the top off or do they have an entrance lower down?
  10. Christine Hamilton

    Acetic acid question

    The ascetic acid evaporates after a week. So it’s hardly there all winter
  11. Christine Hamilton

    Planning a new strategy next year…

    The brood supers stay in the colony for three years and then get replaced. They are never in storage and never mixed up with the honey supers.
  12. Christine Hamilton

    Planning a new strategy next year…

    I use brood and a half with the super on top so it’s not heavy to move and leave the full brood unmoved at the bottom. This configuration gives them the extra room they need for a good sized brood nest.
  13. Christine Hamilton

    Planning a new strategy next year…

    What’s the best way to store the empty frames to prevent wax moth and mould growing on them?
  14. Christine Hamilton

    BBKA Basic exam

    I discovered the Apiarist a while back. There is so much on there. I also use Wally Shaws booklets as a guide.
  15. Christine Hamilton

    BBKA Basic exam

    That’s true, I could study the modules and learn without necessarily going further. Thanks for the interest
  16. Christine Hamilton

    BBKA Basic exam

    It’s only hot when the damn thing stays alight
  17. Christine Hamilton

    BBKA Basic exam

    I’m not sure I came across the syllabus for the diseases module. It appears to be far more detailed than I am interested in. I’m strictly a hobby beekeeper. I wanted to be sure that I had sufficient knowledge to get the basic and I’m happy that I have.
  18. Christine Hamilton

    BBKA Basic exam

    Yes it’s been a bad season in the late summer with lack of nectar and lots of wet days. The stored honey has mostly been consumed I’m treating and feeding now. At least I missed out on the swarming problems
  19. Christine Hamilton

    BBKA Basic exam

    Thanks I’ve had the results now and I’m happy to say I passed with a credit.
  20. Christine Hamilton

    BBKA Basic exam

    51 years wow.
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