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Looking for a local mentor in Northern Colorado; Warre hives

 
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Sharolyn
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Location: Ft. Collins, CO USA

PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:21 am    Post subject: Looking for a local mentor in Northern Colorado; Warre hives Reply with quote

I kept bees for the first time last summer in a Warre hive. The colony never built up and by late summer it was taken over by yellow jacket wasps.

I plan to try again this spring ... this time with two hives. I am looking for a local mentor to guide me, hopefully someone who has experience with Warre hives, but who is at least open to the idea of keeping bees in them.

Can anyone here point me in the right direction?
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ingo50
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sharolyn.
I am sorry to hear that your first colony did not make it. I hope you find a local mentor. Where had you obtained your bees from? Were they a nucleus or package? Are you able to get a swarm?Not sure how large your wasp invasion was, but most healthy colonies should be able to cope. In my experience weak or sick hives will be most vulnerable.
David Heaf has a very good Warre group on Yahoo that will able to answer your questions and there is a lot of very useful info found there. Good luck, two hives is better than only one, you shoudl get a lot of sensible advice on this forum too.
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Sharolyn
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you ingo50. I have sent a request to join David Heaf's group in addition to this one. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sharolyn.
There is a lot to learn from this forum and David's Warregroup. Glad you have signed up. Keep us posted of your progress.
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