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  Topic: Dead bees
rendauphin

Replies: 13
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:42 pm   Subject: Dead bees
I have looked in a friends top bar hive today and all bees are dead. The colony was a package put in early July and it appeared to progress well with a good increase in bees. There had been lots of ac ...
  Topic: Fondant
rendauphin

Replies: 2
Views: 634

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:18 am   Subject: Fondant
I have a weakish colony and wonder about the pros and cons of leaving a tray of fondant for them over the winter. I am generally confused about feeding fondant....
Thanks
  Topic: How to help a new colony in mid July
rendauphin

Replies: 2
Views: 823

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:10 pm   Subject: How to help a new colony in mid July
Barbara, thank you that is very helpful. They bees came as a package so no comb. When feeding the heavy syrup in September how long should this be given?
Thanks
Jim
  Topic: How to help a new colony in mid July
rendauphin

Replies: 2
Views: 823

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:20 pm   Subject: How to help a new colony in mid July
I have just started a new hTBH colony and wonder how best to support them from now to through the winter. I have given them some light syrup and would like to know how long I should keep giving this t ...
  Topic: Lyme Bay New Group meeting 7th March
rendauphin

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Views: 738

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:07 pm   Subject: Lyme Bay New Group meeting 7th March
We are starting a new group covering East Devon and West Dorset for anyone interested in keeping bees in a natural sustainable way. Our first meeting is on Tuesday 7th March at The George in Charmouth ...
  Topic: Disappearing bees and lots of propolis
rendauphin

Replies: 2
Views: 3528

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:09 am   Subject: Disappearing bees and lots of propolis
A hive that was doing very well suddenly lost 75% of its bees last week. On inspection the bees have sealed the mesh floor with propolis. No dead bees in the hive and lots of honey. I suspect some swa ...
  Topic: Bee poo
rendauphin

Replies: 14
Views: 12775

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:01 pm   Subject: Bee poo
I am talking to some kids tomorrow and suspect it may be a question they will ask!
  Topic: Bee poo
rendauphin

Replies: 14
Views: 12775

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:58 pm   Subject: Bee poo
Can anyone advise where house bees in their first couple of weeks after hatching poo? I am assuming foraging bees sort themselves out while out of the hive
Thanks
Jim
  Topic: Nearly dead hive
rendauphin

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:28 pm   Subject: Nearly dead hive
Here is a link to some pictures of comb in a hive that only just survived the winter. https://flic.kr/ps/2e4qZV
There is no brood, no stores just lots of drones. There is also a strange invader that ...
 
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