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  1. Re: Caught swarm absconded or went back into original hive?

    If you didn't get the queen with the swarm, then they could well have gone back. However if they had a queen, they wanted to swarm to find a new home and if they didn't like the one you gave them,...
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    Re: which swarm cells to destroy?

    I select pretty well as you do. When I started bees would swarm with 5-7 frames of brood. Now I would not expect any more than 10% to swarm. (Famous last words - you can never tell with bees - this...
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    Re: OA Dribble Question

    If you have honey supers and brood, oxalic acid is not particularly effective as it hits the varroa that are 'phoretic' i.e. those on the bees. In a hive with brood some 80% of the mites are in the...
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    Re: which swarm cells to destroy?

    You can never tell whether the colony will send out casts, however a large one will almost definitely do so. If you have a decent sized colony and a virgin queen emerges from her queencell and there...
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    Re: which swarm cells to destroy?

    If you have queencells in the hive and the queen is in there, that's one scenario. However if the colony has just or recently swarmed, or you carry out an artificial swarm yourself then the "taught"...
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    Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    I have moved queencells just after being capped or at any time between then and emergence. If they are being moved in the same apiary they are fine. One time I left it a little late as the queen was...
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    Re: OA Dribble Question

    Yes, dribble where you see bees. If you dribble in other places, the oxalic acid will probably just fall through anyway. Don't do two dribbles, just the correct quantity per seam on one day.
    3.2% is...
  8. Thread: Selling Swarms

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    Re: Selling Swarms

    The problem with a swarm is that you don't know what you are getting (or selling). This includes disease / mites / bad temper. And by nature there's a good chance that they have come from a swarmy...
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    Re: honey looks thick and grainy

    Honey crystallizes - it's what it does.
    Depending on the source, some will set in the comb if you are not careful (Oil Seed Rape (Canola) or Ivy. Others will last a long time in the comb or jar...
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    Re: Queenless or not?

    The queen is there all right. If she was small - and unmated when you got her, that could explain your problem if the weather has not been good enough to mate in. If she was definitely a mated queen...
  11. Re: Feeding Nucs when Transferring to Permanent Hive

    I would tend to feed - gives the bees energy to draw comb and you can be comfortable that the bees will not run out even if you have a few days of poor weather. (I don't use frame feeders but each to...
  12. Thread: requeening

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    Re: requeening

    I would wait a week.
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    Re: A little Defensive

    I would not tolerate bees that find you out and follow you back to the house. However, the bees that are pinging you will probably not be the offspring of the queen in the hive as I assume that the...
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    Re: First time doing a split

    Don't feed the splits for a couple of days or the older bees that return to the original site will possibly learn there's feed and rob the split.
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    Re: Swimming pool questions

    As a child we had a pool and bees - I can't remember a problem; you may find the odd bee drinking but if there are other places to drink from that are easier - peat/rocks etc they will prefer that to...
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    Re: supercedure v. emergency queens

    The virgin will not be able to get to the queen so they will potentially co-exist. If there are other queencells in the hive - most likely, then the old queen below the excluder will probably fly...
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    Re: supercedure v. emergency queens

    Agreed. It depends on a number of factors - some of which we probably don't know much about but a young strong queen has more queen 'substance' i.e. pheromone that an old girl so there will less...
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    Re: supercedure v. emergency queens

    Not the case.
    Queencells raises as a result of queenright queenraising are classed as supercedure as the queen pheromone is reduced enough in the top box where the brood is (and not the queen) that...
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    Re: supercedure v. emergency queens

    The queencells you refer to in the attached picture look to be made as a result of a queen-rearing exercise by the beekeeper where brood is put into a queenless colony - not the same as emergency...
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    Re: grafting question

    I just find a frame with the youngest larvae I can find and use that although I am not grafting dozens at a time.
    I graft over the hive - it shouldn't take too long and if the bees are getting...
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    Re: Bee's Population Decline Survey

    I will re-phrase johno's comment.... Any answers are going to be very subjective and quite frankly, you are not going to be able to draw any conclusions from them I suspect.
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    Re: Trap-out/Laying Worker/Combine

    LW's can overcome a small colony and kill the good queen. Suggest that the two colonies are brought together (if not already) and then move the LW hive away. The flyers will return to the nuc and...
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    Re: Bee's Population Decline Survey

    Do you mean honeybees or other types?
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    Re: Chalkbrood treating with Banana skin

    CB seems to reduce as spring moves along so maybe adding a banana and seeing an improvement might just be a coincidence. One bad case I had was cured by replacing the queen. However the queen was put...
  25. Thread: SBH in Europe

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    Re: You can't get rid of beetles by destroying hives...

    In the UK we had a problem with introduced Coypu which a are in no way native to the British Isles and were causing havoc just a few miles away. After several years and some expense, they were...
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