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  Topic: Dying young bes in front of hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 12
Views: 1275

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:40 am   Subject: Dying young bes in front of hive
Hmm...what a mystery.

So is the population then declining if they keep hauling out all the young bees? Or is the rate of beecide slower than the rate of hatching new brood?
  Topic: Dying young bes in front of hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 12
Views: 1275

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:27 am   Subject: Dying young bes in front of hive
Are your bees still dying? And is it because of the pollen?
  Topic: First split
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 13
Views: 1670

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:39 am   Subject: First split
Just a short update.

I put in a feeder in the split, but so far they haven't touched it at all. I have a good feeling about the split family. They are buzzing about quite actively.

The weather t ...
  Topic: First split
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 13
Views: 1670

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:44 am   Subject: First split
Hi Andy

I wanted the split to be free of brood so as to get a fresh start, and I had already transferred the frames without brood. I just needed extra bees in the split, as a good deal of the forag ...
  Topic: First split
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 13
Views: 1670

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:19 am   Subject: First split
Here's an update.

Yesterday I shook two full combs of bees into the split, set down a feeder and placed twigs in front of the entrance.

Going through the donor hive (I only went through half of ...
  Topic: First split
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 13
Views: 1670

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:19 pm   Subject: First split
Cool! I'll keep that in mind Smile
  Topic: First split
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 13
Views: 1670

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:15 am   Subject: First split
Thank you for the helpful explanation, Barbara.

There were no queen cells in the donor hive, but I will be checking in on them today to see if they got busy making some already *nailbitingemoticon ...
  Topic: First split
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 13
Views: 1670

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:54 am   Subject: First split
Thanks for the advice, Andy. I will do that today. I do not have a nuc, so I will be using the shake-down method, and I better prepare a feeder.

And thanks for the tip on twigs at the entrance of t ...
  Topic: First split
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 13
Views: 1670

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:56 pm   Subject: First split
Thanks for your response, Andy Smile

I have relocated the split about a 100+ yards (sideways (does that make sense?)) from the donor hive, and I'm on my way home now to check on them.

It's a strong ...
  Topic: First split
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 13
Views: 1670

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:15 pm   Subject: First split
I have two hives, a big, strong family and a small, ah... let's say developing one.

Today, I split the big one in a walk away split. They have been expanding rapidly, and we will be going away on ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:02 pm   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Thanks, Andy

The tetrapak feeder didn't really work very well. The sugar didn't dissolve properly, though we used ordinary refined white sugar and shook it vigorously.

When opening up the hive a ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:49 am   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
I'm sorry to hear that. Oldschool farming is basically just a lot of hard work for little or no money, so getting a manual-labour farm running and turning a profit is difficult.

I hope you learned ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:28 am   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Wow! Looks good! We did the same conversion and the bees are fine.

Looks like a really nice farm you have there. I don't understand much Polish(?), so is it farm project or is it a family business?
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 18
Views: 1772

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:12 am   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
So, here's an update.

There is a queen! I went through the hive with my husband, studying each comb in turn. There's a great deal of honey/nectar stores, some sealed brood and some open brood, and ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 18
Views: 1772

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 7:06 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Great! I hope to get one next year. I might need one. Right now, I'm busy battling bees and hornets that are snooping around my TBHs.
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 18
Views: 1772

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:38 am   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Oh no! That's too bad. Hopefully, they will swarm again next season and you may be lucky that the kids move back into your swarm skep.

I got a hold of a queen cell on Wednesday evening and rushed b ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 18
Views: 1772

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 1:35 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
What a sad drama. Presumably the bees know best, and there is a lot to learn, and for me at least, it will be a steep curve this summer!

I hope I will be able to lay my hands on a queen cell during ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 18
Views: 1772

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:19 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Sure, I will keep you posted on how they are doing.

I better leave them alone for a day or two.

I was also offered a queen cell by some friendly beekeepers (they first need to check if they hav ...
  Topic: Cupboard love?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 4
Views: 714

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 9:49 am   Subject: Cupboard love?
Great pics! And congrats on your new family!
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 18
Views: 1772

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 6:55 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Thanks Barbara Smile

Today I took a quick look through the viewing pane, and activity was low with bees spread thin on the combs. So I made the decision to at least try with a comb of brood.

I went ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 18
Views: 1772

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 2:11 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
I'm a beginner, and I have two hives.

One family is going strong and has lots of worker brood and drone brood, and there is a buzz of activity surrounding the hive.

The other family was always a ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 7:27 pm   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
So, day two of the conversion went almost equally well. We managed to find the queen quite easily as she was marked - what a relief!

Trapping her also went a little smoother.

This familiy is str ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 6:39 pm   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
I am the king of the world! Or rather, queen! At least that how I feel right now after today's action Cool

I had good help from my husband, and we had a clear plan going in.

And luckily, it all ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 7:53 am   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Thanks! That's a good idea Smile
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 7:44 pm   Subject: What to do with the queen?
Thanks for all your help!

Tomorrow's the big day, and I have prepared as best as I can by watching several youtube videos, re-reading Phil's chapter and generally scouring the Internet for informat ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 6:34 am   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Thanks, Barbara!

I will follow your advice. I have already ordered a queen clip and secured the hive against the wind.

And while waiting for my clip and calmer weather, I'll have time to sharpe ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Nanny Ogg

Replies: 17
Views: 1918

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 6:33 pm   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
I need advice from someone more experienced.

I bought two families of bees each on 6 12-10 frames. On the advice of a friendly beekeeper with TBH I installed the frames in my TBH hives in the leng ...
 
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