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  Topic: Er... have I had a supersedure?
DrMartin

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:20 am   Subject: Er... have I had a supersedure?
No eggs, no queen and a sealed queen cell sounds like they might have swarmed. Bees can and do swarm on one cell (it's happened to me before). Unless you're doing a full head count each time you won't ...
  Topic: Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk
DrMartin

Replies: 3
Views: 1153

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:55 am   Subject: Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk
Yes, the OSR coming to an end can make the bees a little tetchy. Moving a TBH isn't trivial so I'd suggest requeening with a bought-in docile queen as first resort.
  Topic: Robbing - I think?
DrMartin

Replies: 2
Views: 2273

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:46 pm   Subject: Robbing - I think?
Simple, by-the-books artificial swarm has old queen in new box on old site. You want foragers plus queen without any brood as this is what happens in a swarm. Nurse bees with brood go on new site. Som ...
  Topic: Wasps…again
DrMartin

Replies: 5
Views: 4354

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:24 pm   Subject: Wasps…again
When you reduce the entrances make sure they're really reduced - a tiny bit larger than a pencil is enough.
  Topic: Attracting a swarm hive entrance size etc
DrMartin

Replies: 7
Views: 6564

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:08 pm   Subject: Attracting a swarm hive entrance size etc
Sounds good but don't be disheartened if it doesn't work now. Swarm season is more or less over for this year. Plenty of time to get making more bait hives though!
  Topic: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
DrMartin

Replies: 11
Views: 8282

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:06 pm   Subject: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
Reduce entrance to one bee width and height and add ziplock bag of strong sugar solution to top under roof if it fits or somewhere inside if not and stick a few pin pricks in the bag. You'd be surpris ...
  Topic: Many laying queens in one box?
DrMartin

Replies: 11
Views: 7037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:00 pm   Subject: Many laying queens in one box?
It could be swarming if the weather really took a dive before the cells were capped and the bees were kept in by rain and you've inspected before it's warmed up enough for them to go. Usually though, ...
  Topic: Transferring frames to TBH
DrMartin

Replies: 17
Views: 10000

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:51 pm   Subject: Transferring frames to TBH
I would think the best thing to do might be to leave on frames in hive until the spring and then do a shook swarm into a tbh? Summer's a long way from over but colony sizes have peaked and bees will b ...
  Topic: Many laying queens in one box?
DrMartin

Replies: 11
Views: 7037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:08 pm   Subject: Many laying queens in one box?
It could be swarming if the weather really took a dive before the cells were capped and the bees were kept in by rain and you've inspected before it's warmed up enough for them to go. Usually though, ...
  Topic: Many laying queens in one box?
DrMartin

Replies: 11
Views: 7037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:26 am   Subject: Many laying queens in one box?
Maybe you got lucky? Sure it isn't laying workers though?
  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
DrMartin

Replies: 9
Views: 6965

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:05 pm   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
OSR is another good reason to inspect regularly! If you catch it just as the bees have finished making it (just when they are capping it) you can extract it normally. Otherwise it sets. Hard. Harvest ...
  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
DrMartin

Replies: 9
Views: 6965

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:20 am   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
Partly it depends on your attitude to swarming but I think regular inspections of some kind are important. There are beekeepers near all of us who rely on their bees for their livelihood so we owe it ...
  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
DrMartin

Replies: 9
Views: 6965

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:58 am   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
Have you taken a course? Inspected a colony? Opening a hive is an unavoidable part of beekeeping and you really should be inspecting your bees (for notifiable diseases if nothing else) at least every ...
  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
DrMartin

Replies: 9
Views: 6965

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:23 pm   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
You have a 14x12 and two supers? You absolutely can take 2 supers right now if they're all full and capped. By the sounds of things you might add a third. A 14x12 brood box full of honey is quite a ge ...
  Topic: Laying worker advice needed
DrMartin

Replies: 14
Views: 9922

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:04 am   Subject: Laying worker advice needed
Probably the pheromones in the queenright hive will suppress laying workers so your ideas are good. Bees do nothing invariably so there is a small risk to your queen if you do that. Shake them all out ...
  Topic: Pepper pot brood
DrMartin

Replies: 8
Views: 5987

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:00 pm   Subject: Pepper pot brood
I would always always always call in another beek for a second opinion. If you see something amiss it's not worth taking chances. It's probably nothing but it could be a notifiable disease which you h ...
 
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