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  1. Vanterrier

    Increasing. With mated queen question

    Ordered my mated F1 buckfast for delivery next Wednesday... fingers crossed for the weather. Excited. K ;)
  2. Vanterrier

    I want to build a dovecote

    Ask for the tastier Red and watch his face change K ;)
  3. Vanterrier

    I want to build a dovecote

    Any good... https://pigeonpedia.com/free-dovecote-plans/ K ;)
  4. Vanterrier

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    🎶 "Dont look Ethel!!!" 🎶
  5. Vanterrier

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Presumably it's a bee stripped of its clothes... a bumble perhaps? K 🤷‍♂️
  6. Vanterrier

    Increasing. With mated queen question

    That's brilliant and exactly what I was hoping to do thanks. Ill use this as my script ;) there's lots of brood in my colony but not much in the way of stores so I was going to leave it for another two or three weeks before I made the split. Thanks again K ;)
  7. Vanterrier

    Increasing. With mated queen question

    Thanks, that sounds encouraging. The "old" Q was a bought mated Q from BMH last July after the original VQ that arrived with the swarm was ejected Soon after starting to lay. Introduction was ok ( but fraught due to wasp attack at that time). So she's not that old and I would hope not that...
  8. Vanterrier

    Increasing. With mated queen question

    I will soon want to make a split to increase to a second colony using the nuc method, and buying a mated queen. Everything I seem to read takes the Q out of the original colony for the nuc and introduces the bought Q to the original colony. Could I just leave the original Q where she is and...
  9. Vanterrier

    What did you do in the 'workshop' today

    Great idea... These are to collect but too far for me, might be of interest to someone.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/285782556316?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=QdxUS5OLTBO&sssrc=4429486&ssuid=jm_5H1q0RYO&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY K ;)
  10. Vanterrier

    Its Summer !!!

    I saw four Swallows today, so that's it official In Lazonby in Cumbria... maybe its just summer there as it didn't feel like it when I got home :( K ;)
  11. Vanterrier

    Beekeeping forum split?

    I wonder if Gondwana had a branch of the BBKA K 🤔
  12. Vanterrier

    Beekeeping forum split?

    Yer a genius Dodge ;) Amended mine, but of course for this to work it means everyone would have to revisit their profile as you describe. I am still hopeful Admin can use the existing Location field and just add it to the smartphone view... K 🤷‍♂️ (y)
  13. Vanterrier

    Shaken out colony not dispersing.

    What temperature was the ground/long grass? K 🤔
  14. Vanterrier

    Beekeeping forum split?

    I recently asked Admin to see it it was possible to display the location in the banner of a post. I didn't realise it already showed when accessing the forum by computer... like many, I suspect, I only access by smartphone (Android). It's a small irritation having to check a contributors...
  15. Vanterrier

    Beekeeping forum split?

    Ha! As I've said before, anything south of Scotch Corner is Europe... I've seen lots of Army in that area which I presume is Border Control and there's a Customs Post ( thinly disguised as a Service Station). Between the Tyne and Scotch Corner is the demilitarised zone ( sometimes referred to as...
  16. Vanterrier

    Beekeeping forum split?

    Sutty : One thing that might be useful would be for the poster's location to be displayed on the banner on each post. I asked Admin the very same thing recently... k ;)
  17. Vanterrier

    What did you do in the 'workshop' today

    A bit of corrective surgery... I had ordered a poly crown board from Thornes and when it arrived I discovered I had ordered a Langstroth instead of National, duh! Return postage was prohibitive and with no plans to revisit Thornes anytime soon I got out my tools. I found a strip of wood the...
  18. Vanterrier

    Hex Hive - Another toy for the gullible to spend their money on

    Looks like another good reason for not being on fartberk K ;)
  19. Vanterrier

    1st scout bees at bait boxes

    I would love to attract another swarm from wherever last year's came from but I also aim to increase by doing a split by the nucleus method but using a bought mated Q instead of waiting and worrying over a VQ so if my swarm control/increase plans go awry then hopefully I will catch my own loss...
  20. Vanterrier

    1st scout bees at bait boxes

    With all this talk of drones and scouts and early swarms etc etc I decided to put out a bait nuc today. It's in the branches of a tree about 10 yards from my apiary around 10 feet up but easily accessed by me and its strapped to a plank which is nailed to the branches so is nice and secure. I...
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