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  Topic: Swarms Available - Welshpool Area
Harriet15

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:15 am   Subject: Shropshire bees
Hello John
I'm just snooping through the forum and noticed your post from last year. My mum has just started keeping bees in a tbh in Llandrindod Wells. We will be looking for more bees in the spri ...
  Topic: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Harriet15

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Views: 13006

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 6:45 pm   Subject: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
I wish I had taken a picture. I'm hoping they don't come back but if they do I'll make sure I snap one.
Thanks
  Topic: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Harriet15

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 10:54 am   Subject: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
I wondered that initially but I'm 99% sure that they weren't drones. They were massive and definately not welcome by the other bees.
  Topic: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Harriet15

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 9:27 am   Subject: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Thank you so much for your thoughts - I've a much clearer idea now of what may have happened. I will try and reunite them as it must be too late now as you say.
The black bees were very big - I wish ...
  Topic: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Harriet15

Replies: 15
Views: 13006

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 8:45 am   Subject: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/Harriet_Hunt/library/

I'm hoping the link has worked - it's taken a couple of goes. It shows what the bees did on 5 May. These are the ones we put in the new hiv ...
  Topic: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Harriet15

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 9:48 pm   Subject: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Sorry, I haven't explained myself very well. There are two hives, the original colony is the one that has plenty of stores and was battling the black bees over the last few days. Just over two weeks a ...
  Topic: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Harriet15

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 8:27 pm   Subject: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Hello
An update, I had a quick peek and they've hardly made any comb. Only a very tiny, say 10cm square at most. There's quite a big bundle in there still. They seem happy enough, perhaps a bit edgy ...
  Topic: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Harriet15

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 9:51 pm   Subject: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Thank you for the replies. I had a gut feeling something was wrong but wanted to be sure before I take the lid off.
In answer to your questions, Barbara:
the swarm was clustered outside the origina ...
  Topic: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Harriet15

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 5:35 pm   Subject: Swarm hived 16 days ago no pollen
Hello
I recently hived a prime swarm who are still in situ but not collecting anything. They're in and out when it's been sunny and nice but not bringing anything in at all. Is it a case of being pa ...
 
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