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John R
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Joined: 16 May 2014
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Location: Powys, Wales

PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: TB hived swarms available Reply with quote

I'm reaching out to like minded TBH BK's that don't use chemicals and behave ethically to our bees. I tend to have a lot of swarms from my hives here, which I rehome to like minded individuals in the Shropshire, Mid & North Wales areas. I ensure that the swarms are housed and settled in TBH nuc's before I pass them on, so they are much more likely to transfer into a permanent TBH hive, as they have built comb etc.

I can also help with any mentoring for those thinking of taking up BK'ing for the first time, and have templates etc if you want some help with making up a hive.

My aim is to simply continue to grow our bee population, and to ensure that the bees are not exploited for financial gain.

If anyone is interested, please pm me.
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Golden Bee

Joined: 31 May 2010
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Location: Cambridge, UK

PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John,

great to have someone else on board with the experience to help new people.

Strangely, this year, I have only been called out to one swarm if you don't count the two a weekend I was away in Northumberland. (Till this year, I have usually collected over ten, though had that happened this year I might have ended up having to approach social services housing department as I only had one spare hive. Laughing
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John R
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Location: Powys, Wales

PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had 7 swarms so far this year, those that I know of. I've rehomed 5, and watched 2 sail off to the west overhead...! It's strange how some swarms just up and out straight off, whilst other settle on a near branch and wait there.
Weather isn't great for them either at the moment. I hope that things will start to improve and they can get some regular foraging done.

I guess that we are fortunate to be in a situation where our bees are growing significantly in number, an alternative to the global bee decline, maybe some day more BK's will realise that by not robbing honey, killing queens every couple of years, using chemicals, interfering with the bees at every opportunity is a positive way to helping the bees. Of course, it doesn't make you lots of money through the sale of honey, or reward suppliers with the sale of lots of expensive equipment used in conventional BK'ing.
Anyway, rant over..!
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