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  Topic: queen on hold
exmoorlover

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:35 pm   Subject: queen on hold
Thank you both, and I've done as you suggested. I wasn't able to find the queen, or at least I thought I caught sight of her, but then couldn't find her again, but I'm fairly sure I identified where ...
  Topic: queen on hold
exmoorlover

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:18 pm   Subject: queen on hold
Thank you. My instinct if there is a possibility of a virgin or newly mated queen in there is not to disturb the brood nest, which I would probably have to do to find the queen to make sure the new q ...
  Topic: queen on hold
exmoorlover

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:06 am   Subject: queen on hold
I try not to enter hive if I can help. However there seemed very little activity, and I looked in both ends, plenty of bees and they seem settled enough, but little stores and no brood on the first 4 ...
  Topic: bait hives
exmoorlover

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 05, 2016 9:40 am   Subject: bait hives
Trek mate, I live in hope!

Thank you both very much.
  Topic: bait hives
exmoorlover

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 11:47 am   Subject: bait hives
What is the minimum distance to put a bait hive from an existing colony? I presume that in nature it isn't in bees' best interest to move in close to exisiting bees, even though that is the way we of ...
  Topic: Closing up hives
exmoorlover

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:34 am   Subject: Closing up hives
Thanks Barbara and trekmate for your prompt replies. Nice to have that encouragement. First shut in day yesterday, and although I haven't opened up the hive, so far I don't see any ill effects.
F ...
  Topic: Shims
exmoorlover

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:09 am   Subject: Shims
Thank you all. I don't have the set up to cut my own (yet), so I was straight down to b&q. Thanks for that info.
I liked the tip for getting bees in. Cheers
  Topic: Shims
exmoorlover

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:27 pm   Subject: Shims
At Brimscall recently shims were being used between some of the bars in a top bar hive. What is the thickness of shims useful for this purpose, and how do you get/make them?
  Topic: Phils course on swarming and queen rearing
exmoorlover

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PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:23 pm   Subject: Phils course on swarming and queen rearing
Really good course at Brimscall Hall, Chorley last weekend, Phil, enjoyable and very informative. Many thanks
  Topic: Closing up hives
exmoorlover

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:17 pm   Subject: Closing up hives
I keep my bees in an old (roofless) barn, so the bees have to fly over the top of the walls on the way to foraging. I am currently having roofs replaced on some of my outbuildings, and yesterday the ...
 
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