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    Bees keep swarming

    Thanks Adam, each bee was my responsibility and I felt it but it was a fight to stop hoards of bees coming from somewhere over the roof into the brickwork. There were no bees in the immediate space behind the holes, which were about a foot apart, as they had gone spread into the cavities and...
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    Bees keep swarming

    I will get the extra kit. I also did look each day for four days but just could not find the queen. I hope I do get some useful comments so that I can take note and learn from you. To my surprise I got very little reaction from the bees to the wasp spray into the holes in the wall. Just a few...
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    Bees keep swarming

    Just an update to say that after 5 days trying about 2/3rds of the bees from one hive did swarm yesterday at 08.30 causing some local alarm as very noisy. They seemed to settle in a tree 50 feet away quite high up although I could not see them directly or get to them. After that all was quiet...
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    Bees keep swarming

    Thanks Les and E1M. I was fortunate to get a visit from Paul and his wife from Oldham Bee keeping Club. I learnt more from their visit than ever before. What E1M wrote about books and beekeepers is right on the line. In the hive we could not find the original queen as all the frames were heaving...
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    Bees keep swarming

    Thanks Brian and Teemore in fact everyone. The bees have swarmed again this morning but the queen is still captive behind a QE BELOW the brood box. At present the main hive has QE BELOW the brood box, to stop the queen escaping which is fairly full with a super above for more space. Then another...
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    Bees keep swarming

    Thank you to all of you who replied. The bees are slowly going back into the hive. I had read the article before and copied it but did not wholly take it in. I will go and have a look for swarm cells and eliminate them as it suggests. For a newcomer, beekeeping is quite complicated and it does...
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    Bees keep swarming

    Thanks Snail. I blocked the entrance in fright as but I'm sure now that if I open it the bees will slowly go back in or with a slight nudge. I looked in the hive this morning for the queen but could not see her but did not take all the frames out and look in the bottom. There are three sealed...
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    Bees keep swarming

    Thanks Redwood, I have two unused supers in the garage which I can try what you have suggested. The queen must be on the inside of the queen excluder as most of the bees are clinging to the underneath of the varoa mesh. Peter
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    Bees keep swarming

    Thanks for the reply. I only have the other hive. They are all clinging to their hive at present. I have blocked the entrance hole so more can't come out and the bees have settled down. Peter
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    Bees keep swarming

    Hello, I have not been on the forum before so will be a bit slow using it. I have two hives one very quiet (I think the bees from here have joined the other hive) and the other full of bees in the brood box with two supers not really being used yet. However the bees in the full hive keep wanting...
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