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Hive available/swarm wanted, Maidstone Kent

 
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jimnpaula
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Location: Maidstone, Kent, UK

PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Hive available/swarm wanted, Maidstone Kent Reply with quote

Now I have been on a beekeeping course and feel more confident I am looking for bees to go into my foundationless national.
I am baiting my hive but if anyone catches a swarm or is intending a split I would be most grateful for your consideration.
Many thanks
Paula
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jimnpaula
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bumping, as still bee-less
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AndyC
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jimnpaula wrote:
bumping, as still bee-less


Have you joined your local BBKA association as we have swarms coming out of our ears here in West Sussex?

I have collected four since Tuesday.
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jimnpaula
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but I haven't heard anything except BBQ/shows/next meeting etc! Can't have made it onto the right persons list this year...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that.

We have a list of new members who need bees and try and help out whenever we can.

Maybe you could suggest it to the committee?

Do they not take splits off the club apiary too?
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jimnpaula
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyC wrote:

Maybe you could suggest it to the committee?

Do they not take splits off the club apiary too?


I will do that. Unfortunately I have been unable to get to many of the meetings so I don't know about splits.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe if you offered to help out with some splits a spare will come your way or you could help out one of the swarm collectors and he will repay with a nice big swarm.

You might find the more you put in the more you get out. 😇
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I have found out how to get on the club swarm list, so that's something! Yes, I agree with you that putting my face around would help, will have to see if we can now access the apiary if we're late - earlier in the year the public gardens weren't open so the gate was only open at specific times for access, which unfortunately was not easy for me.

AndyC, thanks for all your advice, I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere.
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