Buckfast bees nature?

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So much for Buckfasts, they sound very much like any other ... can be this, that or the other.
Whereas we keep movements calm around the hive, I don't see why we should have to work in slow motion in case they erupt.
I think the question still unanswered is whether these really are buckfast, or just have some buckfast in 'em.

If the behaviour has changed recently, I would have thought robbing was a strong possibility.
 

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Roger ,
brood area is full of uncapped honey as are the supers , also a feeder on top of supers ??? ;)

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My F2 is the hive from hell! Which i have to go see today. Full battle gear for this hive regarless of the weather. I look like the michelin man when doing this hive.




I may have to requeen this hive
If this is typical, I hope mine aren't F2s - I bought them to requeen hives that were 'unhappy'. Are suppliers obliged to provide details of provenance now that EFB and AFB are starting to spread?
 

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Every hive has a feeder which is always on the hive. We don't use traveling screens - just feeders. Video was during the thyme flow and the honey has been removed and supers returned to the hives for the eucalyptus flow.
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Every hive has a feeder which is always on the hive. We don't use traveling screens - just feeders. Video was during the thyme flow and the honey has been removed and supers returned to the hives for the eucalyptus flow.
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Are you feeding during the honey flow or are they empty?
 

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I think the question still unanswered is whether these really are buckfast, or just have some buckfast in 'em.

If the behaviour has changed recently, I would have thought robbing was a strong possibility.
I'll let you know if the supplier tells me what their antecedents are
 

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I'm struck by how dramatically different generations can change. Last year I received a queen with a swarm, so don't know origin, and they were all quite jolly. Her daughter though turned out a real mean one. Now the granddaughter seems to be producing friendly sorts again.
 

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I'm struck by how dramatically different generations can change. Last year I received a queen with a swarm, so don't know origin, and they were all quite jolly. Her daughter though turned out a real mean one. Now the granddaughter seems to be producing friendly sorts again.
Hmm - reminds me of my mother in law - wife's grandmother is lovely still rushes up to me and treats me the same as when i was three (I'm 44 now):D
 

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