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  Topic: Is colony on the way out?
Alan B

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:45 pm   Subject: Is colony on the way out?
Hi Barbara (and all)

You asked for an update on my watching brief of our hive.

Its been around 9-10 weeks now from what was probably a multiple swarming of our single warre hive. Drones have al ...
  Topic: Is colony on the way out?
Alan B

Replies: 6
Views: 6111

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:11 am   Subject: Is colony on the way out?
Thanks Barbara

We had always decided that we would operate things on a non-intervention basis so had more or less already decided to just watch and learn. After I had posted I thought that there w ...
  Topic: Is colony on the way out?
Alan B

Replies: 6
Views: 6111

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:15 pm   Subject: Is colony on the way out?
Further to my recent 'mystery ailment' strand (which appears to have been drone expulsion), I have a single Warre hive and have noticed a considerable dip in the number of bees going to and from the h ...
  Topic: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Alan B

Replies: 3
Views: 3132

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:45 pm   Subject: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Dear Barbara and Broadwell

We are some way from crops to see if spraying has taken place, but there is no faeces at the entrance. Hive appears dry.

Barbara is right to ask about our experience ...
  Topic: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Alan B

Replies: 3
Views: 3132

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:34 am   Subject: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Over the last few weeks I have had bees falling into the grass with very extended abdomens. In the grass they appear to try and manipulate their abdomens with their rear legs as if trying to move som ...
  Topic: Icing Sugar
Alan B

Replies: 2
Views: 2703

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:47 pm   Subject: Icing sugar
Thanks

This appears to be the standard anti-caking agent found in icing sugar so all looks OK.

Alan
  Topic: Icing Sugar
Alan B

Replies: 2
Views: 2703

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:58 pm   Subject: Icing Sugar
When treating varroa with icing sugar, should I be at all concerned about the anti-caking agents that are in most of them?

Regards and thanks

Alan Best
  Topic: North Kent: Planning ahead for a swarm
Alan B

Replies: 5
Views: 5487

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:20 am   Subject: North Kent: Planning ahead for a swarm
Yes I know it's a bit early and anything can happen, but its a bit of forward planning on my part! I have a single warre hive in a small garden with no space for any more. In the event that our bees ...
  Topic: Why are my bees still alive?
Alan B

Replies: 5
Views: 4295

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:25 am   Subject: Why are my bees still alive?
Thanks both for this. It was very late September with the swarm, but as you say the weather was good. Patience and observation will give me the answer in due course.

Regards and thanks again.
  Topic: Why are my bees still alive?
Alan B

Replies: 5
Views: 4295

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:48 pm   Subject: Why are my bees still alive?
Last September a very late swarm (in UK) arrived in my neighbours garden and few yards from my own hive. I assumed it was probably from my hive (there being no other bee-keepers in the vicinity). I t ...
  Topic: Ejecting larvae from hive
Alan B

Replies: 4
Views: 3577

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:32 am   Subject: Ejecting larvae from hive
sound advice. Thanks
  Topic: Ejecting larvae from hive
Alan B

Replies: 4
Views: 3577

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:36 pm   Subject: Ejecting larvae from hive
Hi

Does anyone know why the bees are ejecting larvae/half formed bees from the hive at this time of year - I have seen a dozen or so in the last few days.

Many thanks

Alan
  Topic: North Kent - especially Medway towns
Alan B

Replies: 25
Views: 28029

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 3:19 pm   Subject: North Kent
Have had two scout checkings out of the hive this weekend. The first spent about 4 hours sizing things up. The next day the second was here about 20 mins. The second was a different species so I am ...
  Topic: North Kent - especially Medway towns
Alan B

Replies: 25
Views: 28029

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:13 am   Subject: Thanks both
Thanks Barbara and Smorning

Am going to go for attracting a swarm 'naturally' this year. Lemon grass will be here in day or 2 and will hang sum up as well. If I fail then there is always next yea ...
  Topic: North Kent - especially Medway towns
Alan B

Replies: 25
Views: 28029

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:08 pm   Subject: North Kent/Faversham
Hi Barbara

Thanks for the suggestions.

I've heard that one local swarm catcher is a bit sceptical on natural bee keeping hence DIY. Would love to bait a swarm, main issue is getting a bait box ...
  Topic: North Kent - especially Medway towns
Alan B

Replies: 25
Views: 28029

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:07 am   Subject: Local group north Kent
Would be interested in next meeting, will look out for details. In the meantime, I am not sure how to go about getting a swarm - don't want to go down nuc-route and attracting a swarm naturally does ...
  Topic: North Kent - especially Medway towns
Alan B

Replies: 25
Views: 28029

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:13 am   Subject: North Kent/Faversham
Need a bit more setting up at my end. Did the group agree to meet again, how many and what was the general feeling? Regards Alan.
  Topic: North Kent - especially Medway towns
Alan B

Replies: 25
Views: 28029

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:11 pm   Subject: Sittingbourne Kent
Hi - Have people's hive, awaiting its first occupants. Would love to speak to similar in Sittingbourne. Also noticed on other thread possible group being considered Faversham-Canterbury - anything h ...
  Topic: Faversham, Kent, UK
Alan B

Replies: 9
Views: 10885

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:06 pm   Subject: Kent group - Faversham
Hi Have peoples hive, currently awaiting occupants! I would be interested in joining a group. Am Sittingbourne based - any progress since Aug 13?

Regards Alan
 
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