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    Keeping bees warm

    I'm up in the Shropshire Hills and last year I lost a colony in winter - they died on full stores. It was heartbreaking cleaning them out. A committee member of my local association said that they had had reports of a number of colonies in the uplands that froze on the frames, not waking to feed...
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    Moving Hives

    I want to move my hives no more than about 500m from their present site. When is the best time to do this to avoid having to move them more than 5 miles, wait 6 weeks, do the hokey cokey, etc. Thanks.
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    How long can winter syrup be stored for?

    I made a job lot of syrup about 6 weeks ago, used some in the feeder and stored the rest in glass bottles with screw top lids, (yup, the Jacob's Creek variety seem to work well!) :cheers2: Anyway, the bees have completely taken the syrup and they are still flying in the sunshine, so will 6 week...
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    Mentor Wanted Midlands - Welsh Boarders

    Hi, is there anyone who could talk to me about over wintering my bees?
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    Late June gap & Bracken Spraying

    I've got 2 questions here: 1 - We've had 2 and a half weeks of B..awful weather. My new pckage were a couple of months old, putting down new brood, egg cells, pollen and some stores etc nicely, (just like in the book and as discussed at the newbeeks meeting! :hat: ) Well, after near constant...
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    When to stop feeding

    I had a package of bees 2 weeks ago. Ive been feeding them sugar syrup, (1kg sugar to 500ml water), twice a week since. Today, although I topped up the syrup, there was some left. Also, the girls are taking in lots of pollen. The brood frames now spread over 8 frames, (in a bog-standard...
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    Position of queen

    I hived my first package of bees at the weekend and it all went like clockwork. I checked that the queen was out of her cage today and she was, but she was at the bottom of the frame - not on the foundation, but on the wooden bit, with lots of bees on and around her. I very carefully put the...
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    Jimmy and the wild honey hunters

    Just watched Jimmy and the Wild Honey Hunters on Eden+1 channel (533 sky). Don't know whether to stand back in awe or, as a new bee, to be afraid, be very afraid! Do I have to scale cliffs then?? (I think I'll stick to my national!):)