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  Topic: Swarm in West Yorkshire
dubluvva

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:06 am   Subject: Swarm in West Yorkshire
I have a good sized cast swarm for anyone that would like it. In a cardboard box so needs a nice new home sharpish!

Gone to a new home.
  Topic: birds eating bees
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:35 pm   Subject: birds eating bees
Thanks to all for your replies. I noticed a couple of sparrows waiting for bees coming back, but they soon got bored and flew off. I am lucky that he is very pro bees Barbara, unlike the man that left ...
  Topic: birds eating bees
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:12 pm   Subject: birds eating bees
I was greeted by an allotment holder today saying he'd been stung by one of my bees because lots of birds (sparrows and others according to him) had been perching on my hive screen and flying down fea ...
  Topic: Opening up entrances.
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:09 pm   Subject: Opening up entrances.
Thanks for the advice, I have two open now and will open the third when they are clambering over each other!
  Topic: Opening up entrances.
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:26 pm   Subject: Opening up entrances.
Well I tried that, but I clearly have a mutinous strain of bees! Seriously though, surely there is a 'right' time to open the entrances?
Confused
  Topic: feeding fondant gone wrong
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:18 pm   Subject: feeding fondant gone wrong
I was worried about the bag collapsing too, especially the first as it was very thin, but somehow it stayed up. They work round in circles, leaving the corners full so maybe that's how it works. As fo ...
  Topic: Opening up entrances.
dubluvva

Replies: 5
Views: 4894

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:31 am   Subject: Opening up entrances.
I closed my three entrances down to a half for the winter, and recently removed the half cork as there was a real bottleneck. My question is when do I open the other two and do I open them both at onc ...
  Topic: feeding fondant gone wrong
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:03 pm   Subject: feeding fondant gone wrong
Hi RyanB,
Yes, the top bar went on in the autumn. It will have to come off soon though, or the girls will have a gap in their combs, or perhaps they will just build comb on the modified top bar - who ...
  Topic: orientation flight?
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:25 pm   Subject: orientation flight?
I was working on my allotment when I heard the bees and saw loads at the hive entrance and flying in front of it. Many were just flying a few feet, facing the hive, and then going back in. Others were ...
  Topic: Belt & braces or silly idea?
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:18 am   Subject: Belt & braces or silly idea?
The fondant is on top of the top bars, and I haven't dared open the hive, as didn't want to disturb them, am just looking through the window and watching the entrance. There is pollen coming in - most ...
  Topic: Belt & braces or silly idea?
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:29 am   Subject: Belt & braces or silly idea?
Thanks for the replies. The temperatures aren't wildly varying, just moving around the 11° mark. There is loads of activity in and out of the hive already, but I don't want to get them doing anything ...
  Topic: Belt & braces or silly idea?
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:31 pm   Subject: Belt & braces or silly idea?
I was told bees can't take sugar syrup below 11° so at the moment they have fondant which they are munching away on. However, as the temperatures are up and down, I wondered if I should put some syrup ...
  Topic: feeding fondant gone wrong
dubluvva

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:38 pm   Subject: feeding fondant gone wrong
I had been feeding fondant in a miller feeder over a top bar with a slit drilled in it and had the same problem with bees getting stuck. I followed Zaunreiter's method and today was rewarded with the ...
  Topic: Comb covering observation window
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:16 am   Subject: Comb covering observation window
Thanks Phil. As I'm hoping the girls will stay I will respect their decision and leave it there, contorting myself to see round it as best as possible!
  Topic: Comb covering observation window
dubluvva

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:25 am   Subject: Comb covering observation window
Last year my girls decided they wanted some privacy and covered half of the observation window with comb! It is attached all the way down, with the window being the base of each cell, and was filled w ...
 
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