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North Kent: Planning ahead for a swarm

 
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Alan B
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Joined: 14 Apr 2014
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Location: Kent

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:20 am    Post subject: North Kent: Planning ahead for a swarm Reply with quote

Yes I know it's a bit early and anything can happen, but its a bit of forward planning on my part! I have a single warre hive in a small garden with no space for any more. In the event that our bees swarm later this year and they deposit themselves in the near vicinity where they can be retrieved - probably one of my friendly neighbours gardens - if anyone is likely to be interested in this event, then please PM me with a contact and I will let you know. It is probably best if you assume that you would need to collect although I am happy to assist if I can.

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Alan
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Smorning
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013
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Location: Faversham Kent UK

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan

Glad the bees have survived the winter I know of someone who wants a swarm to start a topbar hive this year so if you get a swarm I could most probably find a new home for it.
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Dexter's shed
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Location: Grays, Essex, UK

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

why not do weekly inspections, and if swarm cells appear, do a shook swarm and make up a nuc, you then have the option of keeping your queen and giving away the nuc, or visa versa
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biobee
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Joined: 14 Jun 2007
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Location: UK, England, S. Devon

PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly inspections are not part of the Warré management programme, and the difficulties of swarm control in a Warré do tend to militate against its use in urban areas.

I know Bernhard makes splits by separating boxes, but if you don't have the space for another hive, this is not an option.
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luk_lak
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Joined: 06 Dec 2013
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Location: Isle of Dogs, London, UK

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smorning wrote:
... I know of someone who wants a swarm to start a topbar hive this year ....


Hmm... You may be talking about me Smile

I'm ready to home a local swarm, depends how far are your from Isle of Dogs.
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hannah donovan
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 12:58 am    Post subject: ANY NEWS ON YOUR BEES? Reply with quote

Very Happy HI
WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH YOUR BEES , ANY NEWS, DID THEY SWARM, HAS SOMEONE CLAIMED THEM?
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