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AndyC
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:38 pm    Post subject: Bait hives. Reply with quote

When is the time right to put out bait hives?
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BridgetB
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard reports of flying drones and queen cells here in Cornwall, also we are due for a warmer spell, so now is the time.
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Tavascarow
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The earlier the better.
Scout bees will be snooping around a long time before swarming season.
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trouble with bait hives is that the bees don't seem to read the books.

Last year a swarm moved into one of two national nuc boxes I have because they didn't know it was too small. A fellow Cambridge bee keeper had a swarm move into a national box sitting in his shed which also happened to be where he kept his bee suit!

Today I will finish glazing an observation hive in which the bees will be able to build natural comb. I am hoping a swarm will move in without my having to introduce them.
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Ollie
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now catshercradle that you know wont work...... that old box or tire is more like home.... lol Hoping for the same. Ive got my 2 spare hives out and baited and 2 bait hives up. Temps here are due to go up to ........ 16 yes 16 tomorrow and Thursday, at the moment sat next to the range to keep warm......

Catchcradle hows the perone?
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree the earlier the better.
The only problem can be the odd bait hive acting new home for a queen wasp.
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, I now have two swarms to pick up, one on a sage bush, the other on a a rosemary bush. - Just need thyme and parsley for a full set Evil or Very Mad
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Tavascarow
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

catchercradle wrote:
And, I now have two swarms to pick up, one on a sage bush, the other on a a rosemary bush. - Just need thyme and parsley for a full set Evil or Very Mad

Can't be Italian bees.
They would be on the Basil & Oregano if they where Italian. Wink
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ingo50
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catchercradle could you please post to fotos of your observation hive, would be nice to see the design.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will take some photos later today probably, It started out as a housing for a Thornes observation hive which took one national brood frame and two super frames. I have removed the Thornes one and added two panes of toughened glass. If the colony that a swarm going into it produces dies out I will have to take out the glass on one side to clean it up ready for a new colony.
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