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    Apiguard, Uncapped stores in super

    Hmmm... wouldn't the comb then be 'dirtied' by the passage of bees over the winter and be unsuitable for cut comb in 2013? It would also mean the hive was running on brood and two halves which I'd have thought was too big for overwintering.
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    Apiguard, Uncapped stores in super

    I should preface this with saying that up to now we've not been extracting honey in any form other than cut comb so spinning or otherwise isn't really an option (no kit or great desire to do it). We're halfway through this years Apiguard treatment and we took off the supers before the first...
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    Stung through leather gloves

    I use blue nitrile gloves and seal the cuffs with a strip of double sided velco - not sticky and infinitely adjustable.
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    Is this brood frame OK?

    Good Point.
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    When do new cells get polished?

    Question: When in the life cycle of a caste being housed do they start polishing cells? Background: Caught a smallish swarm/caste on the 24th May and they've been housed in a Poly Nuke being fed 1:1 syrup. Pretty sure the queen was present as the bees balled under the OMF whilst being collected...
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    Poly nuke lids - strap them down.

    Yup greenish. UK made by P*yn*s.
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    Poly nuke lids - strap them down.

    We're in a very sheltered spot and don't suffer from high winds but yesterday we had the lid blown off a poly nuke. So just a reminder to anyone else using them; strap or weigh them down.
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    Bees in AGA - kind of urgent.

    A neighbour came round last night asking for help. They're moving house and a swarm of bees had come down their AGA flue and were balling up in the kitchen (the AGA had been turned off for a few weeks so was stone cold). As they were completing today at 12:00 they were in a bit of a tiz -...
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    Polystyrene? Nah Polypropylene!

    Oh Poo - Yes RAB, I should have understood what you were saying. I now have an empty bucket :( Ho Hum. At least I helped them survive the gale last night. Hope they do well wherever they've ended up.
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    Polystyrene? Nah Polypropylene!

    I'm not planning on the bucket being a permanent home :) It was purely used to keep them dry during the gale last night (and yes a box might have been better but it wouldn't have survived overnight). 40 mins time and they're getting moved (assuming they've not done a runner; just had a look...
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    Polystyrene? Nah Polypropylene!

    One hive threw a cast yesterday (left two queen cells after they swarmed). They sat on a fence post all day, got rained on a couple of times and having seen the nights weather forecast was really orrible I took emergency action. So..... as I'd run out of kit.... who needs Polystyrene hives...
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    Help with newly housed swarm & feeding

    When you next feel like spending a little bit on your new hobby - a polycarbonate (transparent) crown board would be a useful purchase - lets you have a quick peek without opening the colony and, IIRC, has better thermal (insulation) properties than a bit of plywood.
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    Transfer Swarm from National Supers to Langstroth?

    Well - that's two votes for the 'chuck them in the Langstroth' technique :) and two for the engineering method. Re distance - it'll be about five miles away. and size of the swarm here's a picture
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    Transfer Swarm from National Supers to Langstroth?

    Advice please. Caught a swarm on Saturday from one of my own hives (yes I know... but every time an inspection has been possible time-wise it's been raining or freezing cold :( ). The only kit I had available was a National Super so that's what they ended up in (dummied down to five frames...
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    Drones with Swarm?

    Captured a swarm from one of our hives this AM and while going through the mass of bees looking for her Maj, I noticed several drones. Why would drones go with a swarm? Do they just get caught up in the excitement or is there a reason? :confused:
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    First sunny morning in ages... looked out of the window towards our hives and saw the air thick with flying bees and a mass assembling on the landing board (colony not inspected thoroughly for weeks because of the weather). By the time we'd suited up and got out there, the swarm had congregated...
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    pink rubber gloves from now on.

    Bees evolved to pierce skin (aka leather) not rubber?
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    Swarm in Super, Overwinter or Rehouse?

    That's more like it! Different opinions :) :) So to summarise; I've got the following options: A) Leave them in the super over winter and somehow get them into a brood next spring. B) Put undrawn brood box underneath the super and hope they migrate down to it. C) Put undrawn brood box over...
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    Swarm in Super, Overwinter or Rehouse?

    No they're super frames in a super. SWMBO just picked up a super full of frames instead of the brood box and dumped the swarm into it. By the time I returned home, several days later, they'd already drawn out a couple of frames and filled them with brood; so I didn't want to destroy their hard...
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    Swarm in Super, Overwinter or Rehouse?

    Thanks George - looks like you didn't get shouted down :) I'll go with your suggestion of adding the brood box underneath the super. Sadly our two other colonies are new this year so I don't really want to rob them of a frame of brood so we'll see how it goes.
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