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    Swarming conundrum

    Sorry for my delay in replying...... Didn't see the Queen, but I did see some individual eggs in cells. Agree, that it's probably best to leave the queen cells, and the colony alone now.Whatever happens, happens. However.......I looked outside the hive today, and the colony still seems to be...
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    Swarming conundrum

    I was given a swarm back in May this year, and it has since built up really well on a brood and a half. I even got about 13 jars of honey from them. I opened the hive yesterday to feed them some more sugar syrup, and was really surprised at how many bees there are. Even before I opened the...
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    How to warm honey?

    sounds a good way to start this off. thanks for the tip.
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    How to warm honey?

    Thanks all Thanks all - that's much appreciated. In reply to one of the threads, it's not that the honey is starting to granulate, but more that I never got round to doing more than coarse filter,so there are still very small bits of wax in there :-( We're giving the honey away as Christmas...
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    How to warm honey?

    Although I've been keeping bees for about 2 years, this season is my first for actually getting some honey out. I extracted in early September, then filtered using a coarse kitchen sieve. And the result was 13 jars' worth of honey. I'd now like to filter again using finer sieves, and muslin. As...
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    My swarmed colony keeps creating Queen cells

    Ah! That possibility hadn't occurred to me, because I got them last July from the local Bee association (I went on a Beginners course last year). I'm wondering at what point I should kill the current Queen? Once the bees seal a new Queen cell? Or should I let a Virgin Queen simply fight it out...
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    My swarmed colony keeps creating Queen cells

    My colony swarmed on Thursday 10th May, and fortunately I was able to collect it, and put it into a new brood box, with new frames (undrawn foundation) on the original site. On Friday 18th May, just 8 days later, it appears that they tried to swarm again (I was at work, but my neighbours said...
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