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  Topic: Warre .. bottom box.
barshambees

Replies: 4
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:34 am   Subject: Warre .. bottom box.
My warre hive had been on one box filled with comb and one empty box underneath since I hived a swarm in it last spring. I thought they were never going to go down to the empty one. Now, in the last t ...
  Topic: Starving swarm? Bad weather
barshambees

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:23 am   Subject: Starving swarm? Bad weather
Thanks Barbara. Will keep fingers crossed. Weather improvement due in couple of days. Has been pretty awful here on the east coast for few days now.

Thanks all.
Andy
  Topic: Starving swarm? Bad weather
barshambees

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 5:52 pm   Subject: Starving swarm? Bad weather
I've just given them a couple of pounds of honey just in case.

I took a very quick peek and they were all up one corner... Hope they get a smell of the honey.

Its now got me thinking - should ...
  Topic: Starving swarm? Bad weather
barshambees

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 5:34 pm   Subject: Starving swarm? Bad weather
I hived a small swarm last night and again this morning Smile

Was told by the man, don't leave them more than 48 hours in this cold weather without feeding.

For what it's worth . . . . . .

Than ...
  Topic: Starving swarm? Bad weather
barshambees

Replies: 7
Views: 2847

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 3:23 pm   Subject: Starving swarm? Bad weather
Hi all. I hived a small swarm (size of a small melon) on Saturday evening.
National brood box, 25mm foundation starter strip, a strip of Queen excluder over the entrance, no feeding. I took the Queen ...
  Topic: Wasps
barshambees

Replies: 2
Views: 3100

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:57 am   Subject: Wasps
Thanks Adam. I have a new sponge. I have stopped feeding.
Beekeepers have to be the most engineering / inventive people that I have come across.
Simple solutions to simple problems.......

Thanks ...
  Topic: Wasps
barshambees

Replies: 2
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:58 pm   Subject: Wasps
Hi All. Hoping you can help again.

I hived a 6 frame Nuc from a national, chop and crop style, and they are doing really well. I have been feeding them. Now they have drawn out 4 more bars. I now h ...
  Topic: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
barshambees

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:50 pm   Subject: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
Now that's a bit weird. I was just wondering if you could do that.

If you did that..... Say from a strong colony splitting it two or three ways... Does it matter where the queen ends up if all thre ...
  Topic: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
barshambees

Replies: 9
Views: 7159

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:44 am   Subject: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
Sorry Barbara, I gave the wrong impression. I wasn't blaming or slating the Nationals at all. I was kicking myself for taking out all the queen cells. I did this two days after there swarmed.I wish I ...
  Topic: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
barshambees

Replies: 9
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:48 am   Subject: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
Lessons for this week.....Bees know best, stop interfering and be patient......

OK ....

First one ..... Tick

Second one ....... SO hard as a beginner not to go and have another nosey....

...
  Topic: Mentor wanted. Beccles Area
barshambees

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:17 am   Subject: Mentor wanted. Beccles Area
Anyone willing to come and guide me on HTBH and Warre Hives in the local South East Norfolk/ North East Suffolk area?

Into my second year and making a few to many mistakes ........

Mainly intere ...
  Topic: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
barshambees

Replies: 9
Views: 7159

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:09 am   Subject: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
Thanks Barbara. One was first week of may, one was the second week. Not sure of exact dates as records not with me moment.

Still a beginner and worry a lot..... I did a 'traditional' course last ...
  Topic: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
barshambees

Replies: 9
Views: 7159

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:55 am   Subject: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
Hi all. My two national hives swarmed. One swarm is now doing great in a warre hive. The other in a HTBH is just tasking off.

I took all but one queen cell out of each, both of which then hatched. ...
  Topic: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
barshambees

Replies: 10
Views: 6960

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:56 pm   Subject: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
Just an update..... Checked again today and we have eggs!
Thank you everyone for your comments .... Must learn to have patience.

Same thing occurring with my HTBH now .... Very Happy

Andy
  Topic: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
barshambees

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 8:04 am   Subject: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
Thanks Barbara. Guess I have to also think that the swarm was free and I didn't have it a month ago anyway. Whatever happens is a bonus.

Thanks also ceebee for the other info
  Topic: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
barshambees

Replies: 10
Views: 6960

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 9:04 am   Subject: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
Thanks Barbara. Its been windy and not exactly steamy here. She may just be waiting for an opportune time. Just out of curiosity, how long can an unmated queen go on - if you see what I mean- is there ...
  Topic: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
barshambees

Replies: 10
Views: 6960

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 8:49 pm   Subject: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
Thanks ceebee. Interesting diagram. Will keep a copy.
  Topic: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
barshambees

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 6:48 pm   Subject: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
Hi all, I caught a swarm and housed it in a warre hive on 8/5. Quick inspection today shows some lovely comb, sealed honey and pollen, but no eggs. Didn't see a queen, though that's not unusual as I h ...
  Topic: Temporary housing on HTBH, How soon can I transfer a swarm?
barshambees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 10:39 am   Subject: Temporary housing on HTBH, How soon can I transfer a swarm?
Will do. Thank you.
  Topic: Temporary housing on HTBH, How soon can I transfer a swarm?
barshambees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:59 am   Subject: Temporary housing on HTBH, How soon can I transfer a swarm?
Thank you. That would make sense. I was worried that the Queen might be on a mating flight and would not find her way back in. Today is the first dry warm day really after the swarm so fingers crosse ...
  Topic: Temporary housing on HTBH, How soon can I transfer a swarm?
barshambees

Replies: 4
Views: 3328

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:38 am   Subject: Temporary housing on HTBH, How soon can I transfer a swarm?
I had a secondary swarm / cast with a virgin queen 7 days ago and managed to catch it. They came from a framed national. I didn't have time to finish my next TBH before the swarm.

I housed them tem ...
  Topic: Over Wintering Brood box and Super
barshambees

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:26 pm   Subject: Over Wintering Brood box and Super
Thanks Colin. I have warre bars under national top bars in a couple of hives.
Going to transfer over in April to the new hive. I have got my head round that bit.

I was pondering more about the re ...
  Topic: Over Wintering Brood box and Super
barshambees

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:09 pm   Subject: Over Wintering Brood box and Super
Hi,

I have some colonies currently in Nationals and will be moving some over to Warre hives this season. I am using strip foundation in the national frames...... Though some are just Top bars, som ...
  Topic: Entrance Size
barshambees

Replies: 4
Views: 3945

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:52 pm   Subject: Entrance Size
Thank you. Much appreciated. So much to learn ...
  Topic: Entrance Size
barshambees

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Views: 3945

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:09 pm   Subject: Entrance Size
Thanks for the quick reply Adam.

South facing, and whole hive was in direct sunlight. Entrance size roughly 50mm x 10mm currently.

Thanks again
  Topic: Entrance Size
barshambees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:28 am   Subject: Entrance Size
Hi, I wondered if someone could give me some advice as I am a novice.

The bees have been out several times this side of Christmas, but it was 10 deg C here yesterday and there were many more bees ...
 
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