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  Topic: My hive dissapeared without a trace
BenhamBees

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PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:59 pm   Subject: Disappearing bees !
Hallo new bee keeper. Firstly I am so sorry to hear about the disappearance of your bees, you must be really disappointed ! Don't let this tough start put you off; persevere. Success awaits your go ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
BenhamBees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:39 am   Subject: Colony size and winter temeratures
Had a search on internet ... British Bee Keepers Association (BBKA) states that a full colony is around 35,000 bees but I have read elsewhere that they can be 50,000 to 60,000 strong. BBKA also says ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
BenhamBees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:21 pm   Subject: how many KG stores for the hive to come through winter ?
The answer really comes with experience of your bees in your area and your winters.

The national Bee Unit in the UK suggests (of course this is for British National square boxes!) after colonies ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
BenhamBees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:07 pm   Subject: additional feeding
and only feed your bees if you think that the hive is light (your original concern). You could wait until this current flower crop is finished and check the weight of your hives again to see if any f ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
BenhamBees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:04 pm   Subject: Trust in the bees to knwo what they are doing
I think that as new beekeepers we have to learn to trust that the bees know what to do. As long as you are not seeing disease in the hive, no wasp problems, no robbing, that Varroa have been treated f ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
BenhamBees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:39 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hives - winter preparations
Hi,
I am in also in first year with top bar hives and hvae 4 at the moment. No real top bar hve knowledge in the area so look to internet, books and DIY.

As we lack the experience to determine if ...
 
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