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  1. ericbeaumont

    Feeding frames back to the bees

    Not sure what you mean by 'plastic', but if you mean Porter bee escapes, I'd save your money and do without. Bees propolise them, or a drone gets stuck and dies in the gate, and that's the end of it as a useful tool. It is against colony instincts to contract at this time of year by clearing...
  2. ericbeaumont

    Beekeeping suits

    Have one Sheriff and several BBWear, and the Sheriff is in the airing cupboard all year. Reason is that that while the BB fencing hood remains extended after years of use, the Sheriff collapsed even when new. I tried putting a BB hood on the Sheriff, but the zips are incompatible. Sheriff may...
  3. ericbeaumont

    What to do about Nosema?

    I think you are an electronic human.
  4. ericbeaumont

    Delayed Inspection

    The slight advantage of removing all QCs in both splits is that subsequent QCs made from BIAS can be dated more accurately. Must admit that if I see good SQCs I can't resist using them, and guess the date of emergence.
  5. ericbeaumont

    Delayed Inspection

    Yes, I agree, and that's what I did last week, as you described earlier, except that I had no SQC: Put one or two combs with eggs & young brood and one sealed QC in a new box and fill with a couple of frames of stores & drawn comb or foundation, put on the original floor. Add a double mesh or...
  6. ericbeaumont

    Environmental health not interested!?!

    23 years! Nice try, Andy! My interpretation of post 12 is that soft set would be post-production and not primary production. Whether anything has changed since then is a moot point; contact your TS?
  7. ericbeaumont

    Delayed Inspection

    Either works, depending what you fancy on the day. Standard AS gives less work: Q+frame+foundation in the new bottom box, rest above the SB; easier to check QCs. As the bottom Q+ lot will rebuild and forage, best give a super. If you want to make increase, you could use 3 or more SBs, and give...
  8. ericbeaumont

    Delayed Inspection

    Sealed? If so, you'll have to scratch them all with an uncapping fork or bruise with a hive tool, otherwise they won't move stores.
  9. ericbeaumont

    Delayed Inspection

    Why not?
  10. ericbeaumont

    Dealing with old comb

    Take a long hot summer for Jeff to process his 80, by which time he might have another pile.
  11. ericbeaumont

    Delayed Inspection

    All you need tomorrow is a split board: 460 sq. piece of ply with 8mm rims on both sides, and an entrance in one side. If you haven't the time, cut an entrance in a wooden CB and seal the feed holes with a sheet of metal, mesh or thin ply. Last week I had a strong DBB colony making QCs on a...
  12. ericbeaumont

    Delayed Inspection

    Yes, this is a tricky combination to read, because the books and the bees differ. Convention has it that supersedure takes place at the end of summer and is indicated by 1-3 QCs, which are likely to be on the face of the frame and built in hollows in the comb. As the swarmimg season is long...
  13. ericbeaumont

    I Need Bees

    Ah. Well, before you get any more fired up with buying into beekeeping, book an experience day and get into a hive. All well and good to imagine what it might be like, but you'll either change your mind rapidly when confronted with 50,000 insects, or you'll be hooked. Better find out sooner than...
  14. ericbeaumont

    I Need Bees

    Yes, but have you had your hands inside a hive of bees? Have you done any practical training (online will teach you almost nothing) or at the very least, have you attended an experience session?
  15. ericbeaumont

    Honey selling

    This is rather a ghastly design, but you get the idea; more here.
  16. ericbeaumont

    Dealing with old comb

    Best option, Jeff, or carry on burning.
  17. ericbeaumont

    Dealing with old comb

    Burn them. Although steam will make a little wax weep from brood combs, it's not worth the effort & mess. Yes, steam on super combs is productive, but still messy. One of these will do the job, but not cheaply.
  18. ericbeaumont

    Beehive security

    Not yet, Dani, the honey thief is yet to be caught; the story related to a general veg thief. I'll update the honey story in due course; hope they return and can be evicted, because otherwise I'll have to put a camera up every year. The allotment has steel gates at both entrances, and both...
  19. ericbeaumont

    Beehive security

    Beekeepers; nobody without experience would go near them. I've had bees on an allotment for 15 years and the first theft was in 2023: three hives were opened and put back together, but one top super was empty. My guess is that they checked a few until they found a suitable box of honey, took it...
  20. ericbeaumont

    Old discarded frames wanted...

    Better to burn them.
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