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  Topic: Is colony on the way out?
Alan B

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:45 pm   Subject: Is colony on the way out?
Hi Barbara (and all)

You asked for an update on my watching brief of our hive.

Its been around 9-10 weeks now from what was probably a multiple swarming of our single warre hive. Drones have al ...
  Topic: Is colony on the way out?
Alan B

Replies: 6
Views: 12374

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:11 am   Subject: Is colony on the way out?
Thanks Barbara

We had always decided that we would operate things on a non-intervention basis so had more or less already decided to just watch and learn. After I had posted I thought that there w ...
  Topic: Is colony on the way out?
Alan B

Replies: 6
Views: 12374

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:15 pm   Subject: Is colony on the way out?
Further to my recent 'mystery ailment' strand (which appears to have been drone expulsion), I have a single Warre hive and have noticed a considerable dip in the number of bees going to and from the h ...
  Topic: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Alan B

Replies: 3
Views: 7413

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:45 pm   Subject: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Dear Barbara and Broadwell

We are some way from crops to see if spraying has taken place, but there is no faeces at the entrance. Hive appears dry.

Barbara is right to ask about our experience ...
  Topic: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Alan B

Replies: 3
Views: 7413

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:34 am   Subject: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Over the last few weeks I have had bees falling into the grass with very extended abdomens. In the grass they appear to try and manipulate their abdomens with their rear legs as if trying to move som ...
  Topic: Icing Sugar
Alan B

Replies: 2
Views: 6258

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:47 pm   Subject: Icing sugar
Thanks

This appears to be the standard anti-caking agent found in icing sugar so all looks OK.

Alan
  Topic: Icing Sugar
Alan B

Replies: 2
Views: 6258

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:58 pm   Subject: Icing Sugar
When treating varroa with icing sugar, should I be at all concerned about the anti-caking agents that are in most of them?

Regards and thanks

Alan Best
  Topic: Why are my bees still alive?
Alan B

Replies: 5
Views: 8552

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:25 am   Subject: Why are my bees still alive?
Thanks both for this. It was very late September with the swarm, but as you say the weather was good. Patience and observation will give me the answer in due course.

Regards and thanks again.
  Topic: Why are my bees still alive?
Alan B

Replies: 5
Views: 8552

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:48 pm   Subject: Why are my bees still alive?
Last September a very late swarm (in UK) arrived in my neighbours garden and few yards from my own hive. I assumed it was probably from my hive (there being no other bee-keepers in the vicinity). I t ...
  Topic: Ejecting larvae from hive
Alan B

Replies: 4
Views: 7687

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:32 am   Subject: Ejecting larvae from hive
sound advice. Thanks
  Topic: Ejecting larvae from hive
Alan B

Replies: 4
Views: 7687

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:36 pm   Subject: Ejecting larvae from hive
Hi

Does anyone know why the bees are ejecting larvae/half formed bees from the hive at this time of year - I have seen a dozen or so in the last few days.

Many thanks

Alan
 
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