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    Re: Drone layer in swarm

    heh... thank you for your frankness.

    I should maybe point out then that these are not drone cells. They are worker cells which the queen has then laid drones in. The swarm is a few weeks old and...
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    Re: Drone layer in swarm

    Queen cup. Yeah the bees want a queen. The thing is it will take them another month before the queen will "up and running". I think that will put the colony at a massive disadvantage since they have...
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    Re: Drone layer in swarm

    It is 100% drone brood I am afraid.
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    Re: Top bar hive traps

    There are a few things to remember when baiting swarms. Most just increase your chances of catching but some are important. I have baited 5 swarms in june alone doing this before stopping because my...
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    Drone layer in swarm

    Hi All

    One of the swarms I collected this year has a drone layer of a queen.
    It is odd as the swarm had pollen going in within a week of arrival which suggests to me an old queen that has run out...
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    Re: Nuc into top bar?

    Lots of ways to try this..some work!

    Growing down: you remove the bottom of the nuc, gap the topbars and make an adaptor board. This is hit and miss at best and would generally need to be done in...
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    Re: Nuc into top bar?

    Lots of ways to try this..
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    Re: New BeeK worried about hive

    If the first hive is doing really well you could try transferring a frame of brood to the weak hive. Brush the bees off gently using some fresh grass. This may get the queen laying or gives the bees...
  9. Thread: second tbh

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    Re: second tbh

    No. Once they are settled they are settled. Always worth setting a spare hive up to bait swarms if only because it might be one of yours. Rub around the inside with beeswax, ensure if it has a...
  10. Thread: comb transfer

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    Re: comb transfer

    I have done some brood transfer. I just think at this stage there is only so much they can do with that number of bees. The comb in that hive is quite full of stores where they have had no brood to...
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    Re: comb transfer

    I am thinking of sprinkling powdered sugar over the queenless bees and the first few combs of the other colony and moving the follower boards later. Any better ideas for combining? Should i just...
  12. Thread: comb transfer

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    Re: comb transfer

    I don't want them to swarm. I have two colonies sharing a long hive. One is going gang busters, the other is queen less and is down to two combs of bees. I have transferred brood over but am thinking...
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    comb transfer

    If you put comb containing many queen cups from a queen less colony into a queen right colony will the queen lay in them and the bees swarm? Or will the queen right bees tear them down?
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    Re: A couple of Newbie questions

    I have heard bees can be a little reticent to draw comb on plastic foundation. Apparently, spraying some sugar water onto the foundation can help. The main thing is you need to get them up and...
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    Re: 10 frame split into TBH

    If you can put the a few topbars in between your lang frame (even if they are half depth) or suspend them under the top bar of the lang frame (on cable ties) for a few days/week they will build some...
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    Re: First Swarm Capture

    Congratulations. Haven't had the thrill of collecting a swarm yet. All of my calls have been for tree bumbles mostly in bird boxes (and one in a compost heap). All of swarms I have this year have...
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    Re: combining hives

    Bees don't swarm because of population size they swarm because of "space". A lot of bees will hopefully mean a lot of nectar coming in provided they have somewhere to put it other than the brood nest...
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    Re: Rosemary Hedge=Rosemary Honey?

    short answer.... doubt it.
    I am sure they will use the rosemary and produce honey from it but at best this will be just a hedgerow honey.
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    Re: A couple of Newbie questions

    What they said but differently...
    notch to fit porter bee escape in. This goes between the super (hopefully containing honey) and the brood box and allow bee down into the brood box but not back up...
  20. Re: Walkaway split confinement/location question

    I don't really see why you would need to block the entrances at all. What you're thinking of with the hive placement "should" mean a roughly 50:50 split in returning foragers but it may not work like...
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    Re: Inserting bars.

    By the way. One of my colonies has 16 bars of brood and are building on three others. This is a chandler style kTBH so the combs are 10% larger than a national frame so I am essentially running a...
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    Re: Inserting bars.

    12 bars is about right for a top bar colony however their main objective at the moment will be to build bee numbers. I would still feed the bars in between the last brood comb and the first honey...
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    Re: growing brood nest no stores

    Don't tell him they attract swarms, tell him you have one there in case there is a swarm in the area they go in to that instead of someone's roof etc. All part of the local beekeeper service. Our...
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    Re: Long queenless tbh

    Thanks Michael I had suspected as much. The mood in the hive was certainly better and all the bees were covering the brood and appeared more purposeful.
    I am as certain as I can be about anything...
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    Re: growing brood nest no stores

    Is there anywhere in your area you could place a few bait hives.
    If there is somewhere for them to go if they swarm at least they won't be a "nuisance".
    My yard is a 5 minute walk from my house so...
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