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  Topic: Strange strange!
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:01 am   Subject: Strange strange!
Hi Beeb,

There is no telling what that is without the picture and even then...
One of the things that comes to mind is a predator and its prey or that it is indeed a mating couple that somehow got ...
  Topic: Strange strange!
beeb

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Views: 7549

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:51 am   Subject: Strange strange!
I have just seen a bee on top of another larger bee that what looks to me as a drone mating with a queen on a mustard leaf...Now this goes against what I have read...I thought the queen flew up and ma ...
  Topic: My poor bees!
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:38 am   Subject: My poor bees!
Thanks Andy Ill try the cinnamon as I have lots of it
  Topic: My poor bees!
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:46 am   Subject: My poor bees!
Thanks for your comments Ollie but they have absconded..too much for them to deal with!..Good news though I have beezs interested in a trap I set close by..could even be them?..Who Knows!!
  Topic: My poor bees!
beeb

Replies: 4
Views: 7155

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:02 am   Subject: My poor bees!
Hello Everyone,
I'm feeling sorry for my bees right now as they are having a rough ride!....I'm an absolute beginner and removed my first swarm (from under a letter box) into a makeshift home(polysty ...
  Topic: Adding a second brood box
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:55 am   Subject: Adding a second brood box
I would read up on swarm management and re-queening if I were you.

Getting the hive to a place where balls can't accidentally hit it and where the bees can do what they do without coming into confl ...
  Topic: Adding a second brood box
beeb

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Views: 11795

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:12 pm   Subject: Adding a second brood box
Word of warning, be aware of giving them too much room too soon,

It can be a cause of early swarm preparations.
Thanks Andy...This is a well established Hive that was kindly given to me to get me ...
  Topic: Adding a second brood box
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:38 am   Subject: Adding a second brood box
Beeb,

Get your second box and frames ready and put them on when the spring flow starts. If the weather is warm and they are bringing in nectar and pollen they will explode into the second box. Cons ...
  Topic: Adding a second brood box
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:37 am   Subject: Adding a second brood box
Is that on a framed/foundation hive?

If so:

The answer is if you need more colonies split them, if not add a brood box when they need it and that's likely to be in the spring.

If you split yo ...
  Topic: Adding a second brood box
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:30 am   Subject: Adding a second brood box
Hello all!I have acquired a strong single brood of italian bees ....I would like to give them a second brood box to fill before I consider taking Honey....Can someone please tell me the best time to d ...
  Topic: natural wood finishes
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 01, 2016 9:50 am   Subject: natural wood finishes
Hi Aaron

Treat the outside by all means, but the inside will be taken care of by the bees. The inside of the boxes will be coated in propolis by the bees as will the frames. Anything you add (other ...
  Topic: natural wood finishes
beeb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 01, 2016 6:07 am   Subject: natural wood finishes
Hello, can anyone advise me on this please_

I am just starting out and Im making up my very first Langstoth boxes and frames....I am aware that the boxes and frames are made of raw pine and I want ...
 
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