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  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
sissyblu

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:38 pm   Subject: Re: Virgin Queens
never,ever ever presume anything, bees will quite happily go about their business without a queen present, it's what bees do"

Thanks, that's really helpful to know that it could take up to 4 w ...
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
sissyblu

Replies: 22
Views: 34936

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:17 am   Subject: Virgin Queens
I am fairly sure the bees I collected two weeks ago is a cast swarm. Everything seems to be going well - bees busy foraging during the recent warm and sunny weather, taking in pollen, all buzzing alon ...
  Topic: My swarm's not flying
sissyblu

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:00 am   Subject: My swarm's not flying
Panic over! After 3 days in a ball in the hive, my new bees have decided they're staying and have ventured out in force! They're also taking the sugar syrup with a vengeance but (unless the weather ge ...
  Topic: My swarm's not flying
sissyblu

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:06 pm   Subject: My swarm's not flying
I have the same thing happening. We collected a swarm on Saturday evening, drove them 40 miles to our TB hive and the bees seemed to settle in straight away. During sunny spells there have been a few ...
 
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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.

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