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  Topic: Mouldy brood
heathervale

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:14 pm   Subject: Mouldy brood
Thanks for your replies. Will look at drilling end holes.
The colony seemed quite active. Willow and hazel catkins are first out in March, not much else till May.
Sorry for any confusion Barbara as ...
  Topic: Mouldy brood
heathervale

Replies: 4
Views: 10617

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:22 am   Subject: Mouldy brood
At the end of last season we moved most of the honey combs to one side of the brood as advised in BB book.
Yesterday was sunny though cold so we peeked at 3 honey combs next to follower board furthes ...
  Topic: Combining laying cast swarm with queenless hive
heathervale

Replies: 4
Views: 10001

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:07 am   Subject: Combining laying cast swarm with queenless hive
The hives are identical, though the cast swarm has built 5 combs only half the width of the TbH.
The cast swarm are presently using the rear RHS entrance so we could open that hole in the hive we are ...
  Topic: Combining laying cast swarm with queenless hive
heathervale

Replies: 4
Views: 10001

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:29 am   Subject: Combining laying cast swarm with queenless hive
Thanks so much Adam for your swift help.
Just one question: where will we put the cast swarm combs in relation to the combs of the Queenless colony? In the middle? Or at one end?

It' a beautiful d ...
  Topic: Combining laying cast swarm with queenless hive
heathervale

Replies: 4
Views: 10001

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:03 am   Subject: Combining laying cast swarm with queenless hive
Hello again. Needing some advice...

Our first hive seems to be queenless as there is no brood except about 10 capped drone cells spread randomly through the colony.
They have lots of honey and po ...
  Topic: Moving a small cast swarm into a queenless hive?
heathervale

Replies: 0
Views: 5790

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:38 pm   Subject: Moving a small cast swarm into a queenless hive?
Hello again. Needing some advice...

Our first hive seems to be queenless as there is no brood except about 10 capped drone cells spread randomly through the colony.
They have lots of honey and po ...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
heathervale

Replies: 22
Views: 43322

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:12 pm   Subject: Dealing with Cast Swarms
Indeedy! Will buy planters and get building asap!
When can we combine? We would like to end up with 3 strong colonies in 3 hives.....

Thanks for help people!
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
heathervale

Replies: 22
Views: 43322

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:06 pm   Subject: Dealing with Cast Swarms
Hmmmm.....it is a cast swarm hived the day before that absconded, but fingers crossed, it seems to have settled in today...

The main colony is in the middle but there is another cast swarm already ...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
heathervale

Replies: 22
Views: 43322

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:08 pm   Subject: Dealing with Cast Swarms
One of our cast swarms that was caught and shaken into the end of one hive, swarmed again yesterday, so we caught it and put it back!

Given the lack of space, how soon can we recombine the colonies ...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
heathervale

Replies: 22
Views: 43322

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:34 pm   Subject: Dealing with Cast Swarms
thanks Barbara, you have understood our situation perfectly Smile
  Topic: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
heathervale

Replies: 9
Views: 19718

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:29 pm   Subject: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
thanks again Barbara,will watch whenever possible Smile
  Topic: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
heathervale

Replies: 9
Views: 19718

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:54 am   Subject: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
Thanks Barbara.Both swarms were captured as soon as they had all settled,so within an hour or so of swarming!
There is loads of meadowsweet in our fields!
We are away from Thursday for 10 days so wi ...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
heathervale

Replies: 22
Views: 43322

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:44 am   Subject: Dealing with Cast Swarms
Do you mean a one -off feed? The problem is where to put the sugar syrup as there is only room for the 5 top bars. Our normal feeding station of upside down jars takes up about the space of 3 top bars ...
  Topic: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
heathervale

Replies: 9
Views: 19718

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:00 pm   Subject: Cast swarms
Thanks for your reply. It really is wonderful to be able to ask questions and have them answered.
We have put our 3 cast swarms into the ends of the hives with a view to combining at a later stage, b ...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
heathervale

Replies: 22
Views: 43322

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:58 pm   Subject: Cast swarms
Thanks for your reply. It really is wonderful to be able to ask questions and have them answered.
We have put our 3 cast swarms into the ends of the hives with a view to combining at a later stage, b ...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
heathervale

Replies: 22
Views: 43322

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:47 pm   Subject: 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????
  Topic: Living in a bee house
heathervale

Replies: 381
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:45 pm   Subject: How do you use a cast swarm to strengthen a weak colony?
We now have 3 cast swarms and depleted colonies. Can we simply shake the cast swarms back into the hives????
  Topic: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
heathervale

Replies: 9
Views: 19718

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:50 pm   Subject: cast swarms- what to do with them? urgent!
There are many bees in the air just now and they seem to be settling in 2 locations.
We have 2 hives and there is alittle room in each.
one hiveTBH has the original queen and not many bees,plus in o ...
  Topic: artificial swarming in Tbh
heathervale

Replies: 1
Views: 8741

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:17 pm   Subject: artificial swarming in Tbh
I am a new beek,having acquired my first nuc last July.The bees successfully made it through the winter with a little feeding.
On inspection, I think I found 3 capped queen cells.
As I already had a ...
 
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