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I had a telephone call this afternoon offering me a new out Apiary.

I had a look on Google maps and its about 2 miles away.

Zooming in on the satelite image on google maps it looked like a great site with car access,facing south with wind breaks.

So what did I do? I jumped in the 4x4 and shot off to take a look like a schoolboy at Christmas.

The site looks great and will make a welcome addition to my Nuc raising plans come the spring.

ok, it may of been about -3c outside but like a kid I jumped out of my heated seat and took a walk around the area,it felt like a spring day!

It was not until I got home and stuck the kettle on that I realised I could not feel my toes,this beekeeping lark makes me feel like 21 years old all over again.
 

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You and i seem to be taking over hampshire. you'd better not be on Moi Laaaaaand.
 

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Blimey, handed it on a plate?! You lucky bugger! Well done though, sounds like you're very happy!
 

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Really wish you well with your new site Admin, lovely when you get a new spot and the enjoyment, planning what you intend to do.
 

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gl admin....how many hives are you planning on putting out there....and do u know the planting around the apiary?

oh and keep out of Berkshire...my territory;):boxing_smiley:
 

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I think I should be around the Hampshire/Berkshire border by October.

Planting wise I am going to have a chat with the farmer next door who has around 2000 acres,he does corn but have no idea what else he plants as yet.

I plan to use it for my nucs that I split from the main apiary.

I would like to be able to split early spring and get them on the Heather at the begining of august in Nationals.
 

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when would be the best time to split then finman?
 

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Strange. The mass of bees develope much more slowly in small hives.
Number of hives does not bring honey to you.
Hi Finman,my plan was to take a few frames from my main hives and build them back up for a harvest while not expecting one from the Nucs.

I am sure there are better ways of doing it?
 

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when would be the best time to split then finman?
It depends why you split. For swarming, multiplying hives, for joy, selling nucs.

- If you want honey yield, don't split before main yield.

- If you split for swarming, join parts for yield

To me, minimum hive which is able to forage honey yield is 4 langstroth box full of bees.
 

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would those be mediums finman?... do u use mediums as supers too?
 

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