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    Brood and a half - all the brood is in the half!

    Thank you everybody, lots of really good advice here which I will digest and make a plan for next time from (although not sure when it will actually be possible to do anything given dire weather forecasts).
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    Brood and a half - all the brood is in the half!

    Apologies in advance for a bit of an essay, but hoping I have given enough info so I can get some expert advice, for which thanks in advance. I have one very precious colony (as I lost two over the winter). It looks strong with lots of bees, 9 frames of brood but like many others, not much in...
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    Bs honeybees Nuc entrance disc

    Thank you Ian
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    Sealed queen cells

    Thanks so much Wilco and Dani
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    Bs honeybees Nuc entrance disc

    Having just put my queen in the Nuc, I have blocked the entrance with grass as per instructions, but when I remove the grass which setting should I use on the disc? The queen excluder or fully open? Thank you very much for your help.
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    Sealed queen cells

    Hello, apologies as always for asking a question that’s probably been asked and answered a few times before. On my inspection today I found two sealed QC, a few more unsealed and uncharged. But I was also fortunate to find the queen and I have put her in a nuc with brood, feed and hopefully...
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    Bees clustering under OMF

    Many thanks Mark - I am going to take a closer look this afternoon. Maybe using the wider entrance would help too.
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    Bees clustering under OMF

    Not sure, there seemed to be plenty of room last time I inspected, which was a week ago. I guess the only way to tell is to take a look..... There are still a lot under there.
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    Bees clustering under OMF

    As always, apologies if this question has already been asked and answered somewhere on the forum. On Saturday I changed the entrance block from the Thornes wasp proof one to the normal wooden one as the bees were struggling to get in and out of the hive. Since then (or at least I hadn’t...
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    Sealed queen cells in Demaree

    Thank you so much for the speedy reassurance, I thought it might be a problem that they had got as far as sealing cells. I have been looking so carefully but still missed them!
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    Sealed queen cells in Demaree

    Many apologies if this is already answered somewhere on the Forum. I did a Demaree on 5 April. I had checked the upper brood box twice before today (on 9 and 12 April) removing (I thought) all the queen cells (3-4 charged but not sealed each time). But today there were three sealed queen cells...
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    Drone laying queen or workers

    One of my hives lost its marked queen (whether by a swarm or the queen dying) but when I inspected had sealed queen cells, so I kept the best one and waited the advised 3 weeks (actually nearly 4). When I looked in after this there was just drone, no worker brood. Couldn’t find a queen so...
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    Sealed queen cells no queen to be seen

    There was a lot of sealed brood but only about a frame of stores, but maybe stop feeding?
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    Sealed queen cells no queen to be seen

    I’m not entirely sure. They just looked like queen cells to me, on two frames at the edges. I rejected the best and largest one as it was almost on the actual frame rather than the comb so would have been easily damaged. The others were smaller and I hopefully kept the best one
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    Sealed queen cells no queen to be seen

    I have done the course, read the books, watched the videos but still feel very unprepared for the reality of beekeeping, even though I am loving it! Today when I inspected the hive I split from the main one as part of swarm prevention (so with the 'old' queen) I found plenty of sealed brood...
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    Green mould on varroa board

    Thank you Dani. Having bees is a joy but also a worry!
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    Green mould on varroa board

    Hello everyone. I am a new beekeeper - I did the local beekeeping association course last year and have had a beehive in my garden since the autumn. I may need to find a new home for them but that’s another story! I’ve had a varroa board in for 10 days as I wanted to check levels and took it out...
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