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  Topic: surprise bees in discarded warre
sangje

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:55 pm   Subject: surprise bees in discarded warre
Hi thanks everyone - yes there are bars in the top two boxes - i think as you say we will remove the bottom/surplus ones and insulate like crazy -thank you all - will let you know how it goes.
  Topic: surprise bees in discarded warre
sangje

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:10 am   Subject: surprise bees in discarded warre
Thanks so much trekmate ! That reinforces our plan - we thought we would do that at the end of the week. I think they are only in the top box and they are quite small. Which throws up the next questio ...
  Topic: surprise bees in discarded warre
sangje

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:30 am   Subject: surprise bees in discarded warre
Hi any help appreciated. We very sadly stacked our warre boxes randomly (but in a tower luckily with roof and quilt on top) in the back of my garden after a good colony abandoned it from an adjoining ...
 
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