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    Hi Sundance Thanks for the info do you have...

    Hi Sundance

    Thanks for the info do you have any links or a web address.

    Regards Ian
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    Hi all Ive seen mention before of suits...

    Hi all

    Ive seen mention before of suits designed for the above conditions and was wondering if people had any advice or recommendations for suppliers.

    I have a chance to establish a set up...
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    Hi all Jfo1: A good beek keeps his bees alive...

    Hi all

    Jfo1: A good beek keeps his bees alive thats your first priority!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bjorn is 100% correct early Autunm treatments enable healthybees to carry the hive through the Winter....
  4. Hi all BJorn bee: You would be suprised at how...

    Hi all

    BJorn bee: You would be suprised at how small a cluster you can get through the Winter on Candy alone.

    Last year I over wintered 15 of the small poly mini nucs through an English winter...
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    Hi all My friend left a smoker on top of a...

    Hi all
    My friend left a smoker on top of a hive!!!!!!!!!!!
    He returned the next day to a pile of ash, bees included OOOOOOOOOOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Regards Ian
  6. Thread: Apiguard

    by Ian D
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    Hi all I found some info if your interested. ...

    Hi all

    I found some info if your interested.

    http://www.vita-europe.com/Map_enscript/frmbuilder.php?dateiname=%2Fen%2Ffaq.htm
  7. Thread: tracheal mite

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    Hi Tony As a general rule we have very few...

    Hi Tony
    As a general rule we have very few problems with tracheal mites in the Uk. Why this should be I don't Know but very few winter deaths are caused by this and I know of few that think it's...
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    Hi Drobbins You've got it spot on thats exactly...

    Hi Drobbins
    You've got it spot on thats exactly how your ment to use it. We can get big tubs of the stuff and somtimes just neasure from a scoop onto a thin piece of rigid foil/card. So no need for...
  9. Thread: Apiguard

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    Hi all I've used Api Gaurd for a couple of...

    Hi all
    I've used Api Gaurd for a couple of seasons and it works very well. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS VERY CLOSELY.!!! AND DON'T CUT CORNERS BY NOT USING THE SECOND TRAY.

    Do not use it with honey...
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    Hi all If YOU are making holes in the paper...

    Hi all

    If YOU are making holes in the paper then just bigger than a pin prick, the bees just need an edge to start. The next day you will see paper pulp outside the hive but leave for a week...
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    Hi all In the UK at this time of year Water...

    Hi all
    In the UK at this time of year Water Balsam is flowering and this leaves the bees with white pollen on thier backs as you describe. It's providing quite a good late flow this year.

    Regards...
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    Hi all Ivank456: The Guy that I get my Poly...

    Hi all
    Ivank456: The Guy that I get my Poly hives from is in Scotland his name is Murray Mcgregor.

    They are fantastic and a broob chamber only costs £15.00. They are european and made from a lot...
  13. Thread: Balled Queen!

    by Ian D
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    Hi all Harry Is dead right. The queen will very...

    Hi all
    Harry Is dead right. The queen will very often be released in 24 hours but with introductions and uniting hives the the standard advice in the Uk is to leave them for at least 6 days. Any...
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    Hi all Some similar problems in the Uk...

    Hi all
    Some similar problems in the Uk
    http://www.bbka.org.uk/news/news/bbka/research-into-poor-queens.shtml

    It should also be pointed out that Acids and Thymol do not leave residues and build...
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    Eaglesbee See your other post Ian

    Eaglesbee
    See your other post
    Ian
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    Hi all Eaglesbee:STOP The only thing you did...

    Hi all
    Eaglesbee:STOP
    The only thing you did wrong was to cut into the cells. Simply hold up to a strong light or window and remove enough brace comb with a sharp knife(gently)

    This was most...
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    Hi all Keith: I am sorry to say you don't appear...

    Hi all
    Keith: I am sorry to say you don't appear to have a grasp of the basics of some of the treatments mentioned above. You've classed the acids as 'chemicals' and I presume you think thymol is...
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    Hi all Kieth on an earlier post you said...

    Hi all
    Kieth on an earlier post you said Finman's methods would lead to super mites. Could you please explain this.

    Regards Ian
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    Hi all Free bees are always good provided they...

    Hi all
    Free bees are always good provided they are healthy. It would also be a good idea to try and find out why your hive is weak. Is it down to the queen or maybe somthing else.

    Regards Ian
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    Hi all Tia if you hive the swarm they will take...

    Hi all
    Tia if you hive the swarm they will take off like a rocket, swarms work very hard. If you wait a couple of weeks before uniting they will have drawn a box of foundation and the queen will...
  21. Thread: buckfast f1s

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    Hi Tony Try this thread and check out the...

    Hi Tony
    Try this thread and check out the links.http://www.bbka.org.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=915

    Keld Brandstrup does some good queens and his Island mated breeders are very good. The...
  22. Thread: buckfast f1s

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    Hi Tony Why not get yourself a pure breeder and...

    Hi Tony
    Why not get yourself a pure breeder and try a bit of queen rearing. Then instead of buying them in you can breed from your own.

    One breeder would cost you about the same as your 2 queens...
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    Hi all Any swarm/package or shook swarm can be...

    Hi all
    Any swarm/package or shook swarm can be treated with a fine mist spray of Oxalic similar to the trickle method used in winter.

    I like collecting swarms and use them in the production of...
  24. Thread: buckfast f1s

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    Hi Tony Strictly f1 should refer to the crossing...

    Hi Tony
    Strictly f1 should refer to the crossing of 2 pure races,it's the same with plants.

    But in beekeeping it has often come to mean daughters from a pure race queen open mated with what ever...
  25. Thread: Never Been Stung

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    Hi all If the Indian's did use Plantain they...

    Hi all
    If the Indian's did use Plantain they used it for somthing else first as bees were introduced by the Europeans.

    Regards Ian
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