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  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
Dexter's shed

Replies: 22
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:03 pm   Subject: Re: Cast swarms
but there is no room to feed them. How essential is feeding? There is Fuchsia,Heather and blackberry flowers in abundance.
Where would it be best to post questions of an urgent nature?
Loved catchi ...
  Topic: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
Dexter's shed

Replies: 9
Views: 15301

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:15 pm   Subject: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!


Surely you are contradicting yourself.

it was my tongue in cheek humor barb, it really meant you'd be mad to chuck two colonies in together and let them sort it out.

as for finding queens, ...
  Topic: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
Dexter's shed

Replies: 9
Views: 15301

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:22 pm   Subject: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
of course you can let the queens sort it out, but what if the poorer queen wins, not a good thing,

in future, if you know 100% that the swarm came from your hive, rather than boxing the swarm, fin ...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
Dexter's shed

Replies: 22
Views: 35091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:54 pm   Subject: Re: Cast swarms to strengthen colonies
We now have 3 cast swarms and depleted colonies. Can we simply shake the cast swarms back into the hives????

not without making the hive queenless, or if it's a good queen, then squish the cast que ...
  Topic: Honey Flow Hive
Dexter's shed

Replies: 24
Views: 75121

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:52 pm   Subject: Honey Flow Hive
I started following the flow hive team when the fundraising was first launched, and at first, thought it was a con, but I was taken by the first video, and at that time didn't have my own extractor (I ...
  Topic: How best to approach getting bees out of a tree trunk.
Dexter's shed

Replies: 4
Views: 8717

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:38 pm   Subject: How best to approach getting bees out of a tree trunk.
can you cut the tree ?

I had similar in my woodland, removed the top trunk down to the hollow, then fixed a square of wood over the hollow which had a 2" hole cut in it, simply fastened a broo ...
  Topic: What to do?
Dexter's shed

Replies: 7
Views: 11626

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:01 pm   Subject: What to do?
I have placed the bees back in there original place


these bees won't know whether they are coming or going Crying or Very sad
  Topic: What to do?
Dexter's shed

Replies: 7
Views: 11626

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:56 pm   Subject: What to do?
you cant switch hives like that, switching places is for when you do an artificial swarm, but unrelated hives, your just sending bees to their death
  Topic: Foundationless Frames - Comb EVERYWHERE
Dexter's shed

Replies: 3
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:00 pm   Subject: Foundationless Frames - Comb EVERYWHERE
you need to put some painted wax on those sticks, as the bees didn't read the book that said those sticks were a guide,
  Topic: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
Dexter's shed

Replies: 21
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:53 am   Subject: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
where was it in relation to the comb, cant see in the picture, middle/bottom/edge etc

as you have no eggs, then it's irrelevant whatever it is, it could be a play cup,
it maybe a swarm cell, but a ...
  Topic: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
Dexter's shed

Replies: 21
Views: 29034

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:33 pm   Subject: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
yup, 3rd picture, nice looking queen,
  Topic: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
Dexter's shed

Replies: 21
Views: 29034

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:42 am   Subject: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
have also noticed with a lot of newbie posts, that they feel the need to get the collected bees out of a nuc and into a hive asap, in this case 1 day ???

nucs can be placed on top off the intended ...
  Topic: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
Dexter's shed

Replies: 21
Views: 29034

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:21 pm   Subject: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
they will build play cups, but wouldn't think they would build swarm or super unless having eggs, maybe the queen was a virgin and bad weather has slowed her down on her mating flight, how much time b ...
  Topic: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
Dexter's shed

Replies: 21
Views: 29034

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:21 pm   Subject: Re: Possible Late Swarm or New Queen
Hi,

, but no brood as yet.

My main query is that I have also seen what appears to be a swarm cell on the edge of one of the combs and a possible emergency queen cell in the middle of one of the ...
  Topic: Swarm collected but some left behind
Dexter's shed

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:34 am   Subject: Re: Swarm collected but some left behind
when I returned to pick it up. Most of the stragglers had left the tree branch but there was a small cluster still there.

if a swarm has been on the tree/post/hedge etc for some time, the reason ...
  Topic: Seeking a portrait of Baron von Berlepsch
Dexter's shed

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 12:18 pm   Subject: Seeking a portrait of Baron von Berlepsch
and then change your location in settings, as a bunch of numbers mean nothing to us, only being polite like
  Topic: Feeding in new tbh
Dexter's shed

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 8:01 am   Subject: Feeding in new tbh
yes, feed the bees as advised by your local beekeeper, it's great having forums to ask advice on, but having someone close by that can help if need be is worth their weight in gold, yes you have a nic ...
  Topic: best time of day for transfuring bees?
Dexter's shed

Replies: 5
Views: 7993

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 7:35 am   Subject: best time of day for transfuring bees?
morning or afternoon, makes not much difference, I tend to do most things around 4pm,
  Topic: what do i put on a beesting
Dexter's shed

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 2:21 pm   Subject: what do i put on a beesting
if your going in with a suit on, then not many stings get through, so carry on as normal
  Topic: best time of day for transfuring bees?
Dexter's shed

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Views: 7993

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 9:29 am   Subject: best time of day for transfuring bees?
ok, just saw your other post, so you have a makeshift hive and you want to transfer into the good one, ??

have you made it so the top bars on both are the same size and you can pick up and swap ove ...
  Topic: best time of day for transfuring bees?
Dexter's shed

Replies: 5
Views: 7993

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 9:25 am   Subject: best time of day for transfuring bees?
I think your getting muddled with reading so much, your asking about transferring, from another hive or a caught swarm ???
  Topic: Temporary housing on HTBH, How soon can I transfer a swarm?
Dexter's shed

Replies: 4
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:50 am   Subject: Temporary housing on HTBH, How soon can I transfer a swarm?
if you move them at dusk on a warm day, you shouldn't have any flying bees, then shut them in till following morning
  Topic: Two questions re an artificial swarm in tbh with periscope
Dexter's shed

Replies: 3
Views: 6810

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 4:28 pm   Subject: Two questions re an artificial swarm in tbh with periscope
bees produce swarm cells with the intention of leaving the hive with the old queen to look for a new home, moving the queen with brood to a new home does not imitate a swarm, as in the wild they do no ...
  Topic: A hectic May Day
Dexter's shed

Replies: 1
Views: 7729

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 5:25 pm   Subject: A hectic May Day
lovely day yesterday, thought I'd get some bee stuff done, then the phone rang........

https://youtu.be/Xeowew_yEbc

couldn't have worked out better

today they are foraging well

https://you ...
  Topic: To Dexter's Shed - Queenless Colonies and pollen
Dexter's shed

Replies: 4
Views: 7126

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 02, 2015 12:52 am   Subject: To Dexter's Shed - Queenless Colonies and pollen
not yet where I am, but they did swarm this time last year, our year here has been a bit funny, started nice real early in the year, then went bad for a bit, proper british weather,lol

I'm slightly ...
  Topic: To Dexter's Shed - Queenless Colonies and pollen
Dexter's shed

Replies: 4
Views: 7126

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 9:47 pm   Subject: To Dexter's Shed - Queenless Colonies and pollen
pollen is not just used for feeding larva, it's all bees have to make everything from,
I have had queenless swarms and queenless hives, foragers will still fly out and collect pollen, even with no br ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Dexter's shed

Replies: 25
Views: 28446

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 9:43 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
my first swarm that I caught,and housed in a top bar nuc were queenless from the start, they built comb ands were bringing in pollen, giving me the impression that everything was ok, maybe the bees do ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Dexter's shed

Replies: 25
Views: 28446

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 6:10 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds,

Barbara is correct. Pollen going in means they expect babies soon. Good news.

.

I'm sorry, but it does not, a queenless hive will still bring in pollen, it's what bees do

and ca ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Dexter's shed

Replies: 25
Views: 28446

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:52 am   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
if bugs has offered some help, why not see if he has a piece of drawn comb he could give you, it could be fixed to a top bar in a manner of ways, then rather than disturbing the bees looking for a que ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Dexter's shed

Replies: 25
Views: 28446

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:53 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
was she in a cage sealed with candy??
was that still intact or chewed through?
if open, then I would say she's in there somewhere, are your top bars coated with wax?
I've had bee swarms take aroun ...
 
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