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    Re: Long Lang Honey Production?

    As LJ said it would be very fiddly to maintain. However, if you were going to keep them as nucs to bank the queens its possible but then seperate nucs are more mobile when youmwant to use a queen.
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    Re: share my long lang thoughts

    Even with the lids you still end up with lots of angry bees. To get at a centre frame you have to start at one end and work your way in. Even if you cover them as you go you have moved lots of frames...
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    Re: share my long lang thoughts

    First, please use at least a veil and have your smoker lit in case you need it.

    I had long langs for a while. nice and quiet for the first couple of seasons but when they get going I found them a...
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    Re: Foundationless mistake?

    If you want to try for some comb honey in an upper box try leaving your outer two frames in the brood nest foundationless. The bees will use them for drones and usually not bother using any of the...
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    Re: How to identify a laying worker?

    Listen to Ray.

    Good luck.
  6. Re: Can hone harvest be delayed until winter or even spring?

    If you just take what you need when the bees can spare it you will have no problems. Its when you try to make too much money out of them and push them that you get most of the problems.
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    Re: What to do with moldy honey?

    Personally, I would cut my losses and chuck it. Clean up the frames and reuse them later.
  8. Re: Need info on moving wild bees from an old hive

    Armour up, smoke them and move them into a new box one frame at a time. Be very careful you look after the queen, you have some good genetics there. After the move leave the new box in the same place...
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    Re: Capture wild bees ????

    A derth is a lack of nectar and pollen for the bees. Often happens in the middle of summer here or when it gets too dry.
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    Re: Capture wild bees ????

    Good comments above. One thing you could try now is bee lining where you follow the bees back to their hive. If you can find it you could set up some swarm traps next spring.
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    Re: Hornets attacking a hive

    You could try one of these entrances. I use them on my nucs as it seems to stop the wasps flying straight into theweaker colony. It is simply a three sided frame with a bit of corflute as an outer...
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    Re: I need new glasses!

    Looking to get some new specs anyway and will have a chat about what to do for this "problem".
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    I need new glasses!

    Last weekend I did a set up a couple of nucs with splits. Thought I had eggs in both splits. Did quick check yesterday and no queen cells in the first nuc. Thankfully, the other had two sealed and...
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    Re: We gave some honey to friends

    My friends like it that I have to warn them not to be worried about the odd bee leg in their honey. Hardly processed, just filtered through a bit of fly wire. That is what makes fresh honey so...
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    Re: How to calm down a crazy hot hive? Requeen?

    When you open the hive do you have a cloth over the frames you are not working on or are they all exposed? When I had my long hive I found this worked really well but was a hassle. I have gone to...
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    Re: Proof you dont always need a suit or smoker!

    Ditto
  17. Re: bees mixed with honey to be crushed and stained

    Try putting a cloth over your bucket to keep the fliers out.
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    Re: Proof you dont always need a suit or smoker!

    Beestudent, you will move a few bees by breathing on them but you won't push a whole box down so you can put another on without crushing lots of bees.

    Take a step back and do a lot of listening,...
  19. Thread: Super drone?

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    Re: Super drone?

    Finger stings seem to be particularly sore. Just the way they are.....
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    Re: Proof you dont always need a suit or smoker!

    That's not a gamble I would be prepared to take. I always wear a veil at least. Yesterday I did my big spring inspection of my yard hives, I work bare handed. Stopped counting at 47 stings and that...
  21. Thread: Honey collecting

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    Re: Honey collecting

    I just use a couple of layers of plastic fly mesh tied over a bucket. Works really well.
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    Re: Yet another Newbee question

    +1 ^
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    Re: Your favorite Bee Keeping book?

    My main problem is switching the months as we are six months offset from the northern hemisphere but I still like "Hive Management" by Richard Bonney.

    Also, "The Bee Book" by Warhurst and Goebel...
  24. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    But they use up their resources. Also, by them begging their way into another hive they strengthen that hive. So the extra resources and workers in the good hive give it a boost.
  25. Thread: bearding

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    Re: bearding

    Just puff the entrance and ignore the beard. Work the hive from the back and it should be all good. While they are sitting there they are not bugging you.
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