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  Topic: Er... have I had a supersedure?
BSJ

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:30 am   Subject: Er... have I had a supersedure?
No eggs, no queen and a sealed queen cell sounds like they might have swarmed. Bees can and do swarm on one cell (it's happened to me before). Unless you're doing a full head count each time you won't ...
  Topic: Er... have I had a supersedure?
BSJ

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Views: 6597

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:40 pm   Subject: Er... have I had a supersedure?
As noted in another thread, bees are often a bit stroppy at the end of the oil seed rape flow, Lots of people here in Cambridge notice this, though I haven't with my own bees. Don't know your area of ...
  Topic: Er... have I had a supersedure?
BSJ

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:46 pm   Subject: Er... have I had a supersedure?
Hello everyone,

I'd be grateful for your take on this, please.

In an inspection, two days ago, I could not find the queen but I did find one queen cell (capped!) on the middle of the frame. I as ...
  Topic: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:21 am   Subject: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
Hello, what a good idea, I am a big fan of cable ties. How long were the ones you used?
Thanks
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  Topic: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:25 pm   Subject: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
Hi BSJ

I am sorry not everything is going to plan.
btw the way another good thing about using the full round top bar guides is that you can squish the new made wax around them rather than use hang ...
  Topic: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:40 pm   Subject: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
Oh right got you.

I had forgotten the frame converting, so your confining her to the top bar bit, got it.

On the frameless thing I only just last week pulled two frames of undrawn foundation and ...
  Topic: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:18 pm   Subject: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
Was looking good with the colony transfer.

Where is your QE in a TBH?

For poorly attached comb the most elegant solution appears to be a bit of chicken wire about six or eight inches wide (or mo ...
  Topic: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:24 am   Subject: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
Hello All,

OK, the queen is NOT dead, Long Live the Queen.
And I am seeing full pollen sacs and the Ladies are even building their own nice caternary wax which has brood throughout it and is far ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:17 am   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Hello Smile It is all done. It was surprisingly issue free putting them in but... ahem... what I am hoping is not a total c**k up ensued. I have started another thread for it if you would like to see it ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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Views: 20932

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:27 am   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Thanks, guys Very Happy
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:22 am   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
They are here: http://beeswaxlyrical.blogspot.co.uk/
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:19 am   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
I wasn't criticising the Perspex panels just think maybe triangles of cardboard taped to them to block the access might work and it's good you will still be able to see progress without opening the hi ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:36 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Don't want to worry you any more but I think I would try and close off the access to the underside of the panels if I could.

Even cardboard triangles and duck tape might stop them long enough for t ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:48 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
AndyC, I feel sort of scared now. Saturday feels too near all of a sudden to be getting them Wink As for building beneath, Ollie, I have no idea but if I observe them I will know, right? They will start ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:30 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
It didn't want the picture, so here it is.
http://beeswaxlyrical.blogspot.co.uk/
I have done the shapers in perspex so I can observe through them, through the observation window.
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:24 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Hello, as it turns out, he didn't have sufficient numbers of hives because he is having to house the nucs which people have not picked up. So I have bought a cheap national, built it, and am doing the ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:31 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Ok another off the wall idea.

At our teaching apiary we have an observation hive in a hut with a 50mm flexible ribbed plastic tube about half a metre long connecting to an outside landing board and ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 8:25 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Thank you very much, AugustC, it does work now and it is a really helpful video Smile I always like to watch things or do them, it makes more sense than just reading them.
Is the cardboard strip applied ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 7:54 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
August, I went to both and they are both on Private (not Public) setting.
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  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 7:17 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Thanks, August, I am looking forward to seeing it. I am getting hold of the National brood box and I'll start as soon as I have modified it and collected my nuc.
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 5:36 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
if you are going down the walk away split route no queen excluder is required.
This "should" be fairly straight forward for you. Is the queen marked? that would help things, other wise do t ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 5:33 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

I'm in a similar situation as yourself. I started out with a national hive late last year and again like yourself I was offered a national from a very highly respected beekeeper here in Ireland ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 2:19 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?



There are a few options. .... everyone loves a list Smile
a) Once they have built out the top bars you perform a "walk-away split" ie Put your top bars into your top bar hive and leave a ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 1:43 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Here is a summary of the ways discussed on this topic:

1) - shook swarm into the topbar hive.
transfer all flying bees, by substituting hive location, some or all comb bees and the queen to the to ...
  Topic: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
BSJ

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 12:59 pm   Subject: Transfer from a convention National (or other) nuc to tbh?
Hello,

I have a local beekeeper (a former Inspector) whose hives are highly thought of. He has 2 nucs available with last year's queens and I want one.

He will le me buy the nuc if I borrow a Na ...
 
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