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  Topic: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
pam waterworth

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:25 am   Subject: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
No Sad The last time that gang swarmed they were about 25 feet up and our ladders could reach. This time they were at about 50 foot and right out at the edge of the canopy. They stayed in the tree ...
  Topic: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
pam waterworth

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:02 pm   Subject: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
They swarmed! A large swarm emerged on 22nd July, 8 weeks after they originally swarmed.
  Topic: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
pam waterworth

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:32 pm   Subject: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
Thank you for sharing your experiences in so much detail Barbara. I really appreciate it. You have given me a lot to think about, particularly around cavity size. I have little interest in harvesti ...
  Topic: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
pam waterworth

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:00 am   Subject: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
Thank you Barbara, it's really interesting to hear that you are familiar with this and that it seems to be a new behaviour. No wonder I couldn't find any mention of it in any of my books and would ha ...
  Topic: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
pam waterworth

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:58 pm   Subject: Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
My lovely big prime swarm which I collected and hived at the beginning of June appears to be making swarm preparations. There are at least two queen cells (empty), lots of capped drone brood and a fe ...
  Topic: August 21-23 - Northern Gathering for Natural Beekeepers
pam waterworth

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PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:39 pm   Subject: August 21-23 - Northern Gathering for Natural Beekeepers
I attended the gathering last year and learned so much, as well as meeting many lovely people, some of whom had travelled considerable distances to attend. It was my introduction to bee keeping and n ...
 
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