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  Topic: Winter food?
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:10 pm   Subject: Winter food?
So long as you are sure the strong hives are disease free, I don't see any problem with this.

I haven't done so as my bees always seem to get enough stores from the ivy this time of year. So long a ...
  Topic: Winter food?
What Now?

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:12 pm   Subject: Winter food?
I have 5 hives. 1 has been especially productive, and a couple not so much.

I've taken as much honey as I want for my toast, and I'll leave the rest for the bees in the winter.

I was thinking of ...
  Topic: Queen or no queen.
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:18 pm   Subject: Queen or no queen.
I think a colony has swarmed; it just isn't as busy as it was. However, there are still bees coming and going.

Is there any way, other than opening up and looking for a queen, eggs &/or larvae ...
  Topic: Feeding bees ....
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:25 pm   Subject: Feeding bees ....
Barbara - thanks so so much for your quick reply. Yes, all the supers are full.

I'm going to do it. Can you suggest when is a good time to do it? Soon or wait until mid september when they've ha ...
  Topic: Feeding bees ....
What Now?

Replies: 3
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:12 pm   Subject: Feeding bees ....
Hello Folks. I haven't been here for a year or so. Things seem to have trundled along ok for me and the bees.

However: I have 5 hives 3 all have 1 'super' on. I'm planning on leaving everything ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter ...
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:00 am   Subject: Preparing for winter ...
Hello Folks. Advice please. Basically what shall I do now?? I've got 5 hives; 3 good strong colonies; 2 less so. I've taken a bit of honey off which will give us enough for our morning toast over ...
  Topic: Warre - new box
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:49 pm   Subject: Warre - new box
Barbara .. thanks for your reply.

I didn't put any comb in the top box to encourage the bees.

Most of the bars have a line of wax along them; I thought that was a method of trying to encourage t ...
  Topic: Warre - new box
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:01 am   Subject: Warre - new box
Thanks so much for your help and suggestions.

I moved the bottom box in which the bees were doing nothing to the top, a super, about 2 weeks ago .......... and still they are not taking up residenc ...
  Topic: Warre - new box
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:59 pm   Subject: Warre - new box
Thanks so much for this.

What you describe is exactly what has happened; the flour 'soaked' hessian has indeed been chewed through.

I will follow your very good suggestion in a week or so. Than ...
  Topic: Warre - new box
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:05 pm   Subject: Warre - new box
Folks, Thanks a milion for your helpful suggestions. Most grateful.


This afternoon I went down and moved the empty bottom box up to the top.

The top bars were all so well propolised in that t ...
  Topic: Warre - new box
What Now?

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:03 am   Subject: Warre - new box
As I understand it when using a Warre hive you add new boxes on the bottom. If I'm correct about this .... what do I do? I have 2 very full boxes. I added a new one at the bottom at the start of th ...
  Topic: Honey in frames; bees dead!
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:08 pm   Subject: Honey in frames; bees dead!
Oh dear .... I had a peep inside one of the hives today, and they are all dead. It's not from starving as a. I had fed them, and b. when I looked closer today there was plenty of honey in the frames. ...
  Topic: Warre .. bottom box.
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 7:16 am   Subject: Warre .. bottom box.
The colony in my Warre survived the winter. At present it is a very small colony. I have 2 boxes. They are busy in the top one. The bottom one is full of 'comb' with very little activity there in. ...
  Topic: Bumble bees
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 7:10 am   Subject: Bumble bees
I was called to a friend's house yesterday because of bees. I am sure they are small bumble bees. Rounder, shorter and furry bodies. They are on her balcony so quite close to where she wants to be. ...
  Topic: Oh dear! Any idea what may have happened?? Bees gone.
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:42 pm   Subject: Oh dear! Any idea what may have happened?? Bees gone.
It's the start of May 2016.
I went into last winter with 4 apparently healthy colonies.
At the start of April I was optimistic that they had all come through the winter. On those few warm decent da ...
  Topic: Chalk Brood ....
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:54 pm   Subject: Chalk Brood ....
Our friendly and very helpful bee inspector came around and inspected.

One of the hives has chalk brood. All I was told is that I should consider 're-queening' in the spring

What do natural bee ...
  Topic: harvesting from a Warre
What Now?

Replies: 3
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 6:07 am   Subject: harvesting from a Warre
I think it may be time to take some honey from the warre.

I've not done it before. I've read the chapter in David Heaf's book. BUT, does any one have any other hints ..... I've not done it before ...
  Topic: Nosema; We've got it - what shall we do?
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:14 am   Subject: Nosema; We've got it - what shall we do?
We were encouraged by our local group to have our bees checked for nosema. We've got it. Now they suggest we do a comb change.

What do you lot reckon? Would you or would you not?

We have 2 hi ...
  Topic: Oh dear!! No wasps but Wax moth ... python like larvae
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:51 pm   Subject: Oh dear!! No wasps but Wax moth ... python like larvae
Thanks every one for your good advice about wasps and wasp traps.

Off we went with our newly made traps, sugar and vinegar solution and entrance hole reducers. Yup, the blinkin' things were still ...
  Topic: Wasps ... what Now?
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:39 pm   Subject: Wasps ... what Now?
I've just been to look at our hives.

Coming out and going into our Kenyan TBH are wasps....!!! Thinner, longer and bright yellow than the bees.

As my user name suggests ...... What Now?? What ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre
What Now?

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:43 pm   Subject: Thanks,
This is a great forum. Thanks to you all for such quick and helpful replies.

Barbara - I mean that the bottom box is empty. I put it there about 3 months ago when the only 2 there looked very cro ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:43 am   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre
We've got 3 boxes on our Warre. Each box has a window. The top to look choka block full. The bottom - nothing at all. Looks to be plenty of busy bees.

Is it time to harvest a small amount of ho ...
  Topic: Collecting bees from a roof space.
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:50 pm   Subject: Collecting bees from a roof space.
I'm on the scrounge for a bit of help, please.

Last year someone offered us some bees which are inside his flat roof. We went to look and as it was near winter we decided to leave them there unt ...
  Topic: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:29 pm   Subject: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....
Folks ... thanks a lot ... this is fantastic!!! I can't tell you what I've tried after gravity, but the oven, the Dyson Blade, the hair dryer and ....... all got involved. I even stood there and whi ...
  Topic: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....
What Now?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:30 pm   Subject: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....
We're pretty new to this.

We're not in it to make money from honey.

We just want a dollop now and again on our toast.

We haven't got a centrifuge, and don't plan to get one. On one for ...
 
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