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Inspecting Tbh

 
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ValBee
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Inspecting Tbh Reply with quote

How often are people inspecting their TBH? I was doing weekly inspections for swarm, but see little signs recently and the last 5 weeks I decided to go to a fortnightly view. They didn't want me there every week and the weather made it harder. So fortnightly and just enough for to see eggs and food. I did learn to look at everything but now I don't see a good reason to disturb them too much as long as they have enough space.

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madasafish
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I inspect most weekly - except the smaller ones and those unlikely to swarm (I have a hive which has not swarmed for two years...)

My bees are very placid so inspections are relaxed for them and me. Always light a smoker, very rarely use it. In the recent good weather, T shirt, shorts and no veil..

(No stings that day,the following day, I was stung!)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds interesting not swarming in 2 years. So why is that? What kind of hive is it and what reason has it not swarmed as my colony is expanding and swarming every year and doubling in size each time. It is now part of a family of 6 hives that was one hive, 2 years ago. Its doubled every year but first year it came through winter it was split to 3, and this year each split was split again. So it now lives on 3 different sites.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madasafish wrote:
(I have a hive which has not swarmed for two years...)



it's bees instinct to swarm, I'd suspect they have thrown swarms that have gone un noticed, or you have bred a strain of non swarming bees, that you'll sell for millions
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The queen is marked so I can tell she is original. I steal combs of brood and honey when the nest looks congested and use to strengthen other hives/extract..

I also keep hive records...

Two years old is not that old as far as queens go.
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