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  Topic: New swarm advice UPDATE
Anna Patrick

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:55 am   Subject: New swarm advice UPDATE
Dear Barbara,

Thank you for your advice which I will certainly follow. I used wax melted along a central groove but not protruding to the depth you suggest so I'll adjust the remainder of the bars ...
  Topic: New swarm advice UPDATE
Anna Patrick

Replies: 3
Views: 7494

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:05 am   Subject: New swarm advice UPDATE
Two weeks on and I can see through the observation window that the bees have started to build two or three combs where the swarm was situated. In spite of having a beautifully straight old comb as a g ...
  Topic: New swarm advice needed
Anna Patrick

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:10 am   Subject: New swarm advice needed
Thank you for all the advice. I will be patient and I am so glad I put some feed in yesterday because the weather is howling today! Can't see any of them venturing out.
  Topic: New swarm advice needed
Anna Patrick

Replies: 5
Views: 8182

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:42 pm   Subject: New swarm advice needed
I was lucky to be given a swarm recently and placed it in an observation top bar hive. The bees appeared to settle in and the next day I saw a few flying in and out, one definitely carrying pollen.
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  Topic: Drone expulsion
Anna Patrick

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:15 am   Subject: Drone expulsion
Thank you, Barbara. That is really helpful. I didn't know about this playtime and haven't witnessed it before. I will check the drones's wings today.
  Topic: Drone expulsion
Anna Patrick

Replies: 2
Views: 5206

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:31 pm   Subject: Drone expulsion
Further to the mystery ailment posts, I went to my hive this afternoon about 2pm and saw absolutely frenetic activity and the hum from the hive was audible from several yards away. I put my suit on an ...
 
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

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