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  • Jambo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    Jambo replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Confirmed six 2019 laying queens today - must have been dashing out for quickies between downpours! Such a relief. Lucky to have a very later...
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  • alancooper's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    After two or more weeks of poor weather (low temperature, cloudy, rain), and the June gap, one of my six hives has an unsealed Q cell. Last...
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  • drumgerry's Avatar
    14-06-2019, 11:34 PM
    Tee hee . Nice to know my weird username is good for something! Had horrific weather here in Speyside most of the last fortnight. Hoping the...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    14-06-2019, 11:07 PM
    I've not used an Octagon, but have used my honey warming cabinet (which can take about 87,000 queens at once, but hasn't). I put the Nicot cages in...
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  • drumgerry's Avatar
    13-06-2019, 04:31 PM
    Ewan you're right that Jon is a whizz when it comes to the octagon 20. I have one as well and I do what Jon does re humidity - keep both troughs...
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    13-06-2019, 03:02 PM
    Our small North East Scotland queen rearing group had a go at grafting last Thursday on a particularly dry evening (remember them?!). One group...
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  • Neils's Avatar
    07-06-2019, 09:39 PM
    Neils replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    I'd agree with you. 5-6 weeks not uncommon and I've also found it not entirely impossible that adding a frame of eggs/brood can sometimes be enough...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    07-06-2019, 09:08 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Thanks for the positivity! The first nuc had cells with two eggs and eggs stuck in the side walls and drone larvae, so I fear that a lying worker is...
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  • lindsay s's Avatar
    07-06-2019, 06:31 PM
    I wouldnít give up on your queens just yet. Itís quite common to wait 5 or 6 weeks for a queen to be mated and laying here. It might be possible...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    07-06-2019, 04:59 PM
    Development of laying workers is slowed by a pheromone from open brood, so your developing eggs/larvae should help.
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    07-06-2019, 04:30 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    I did a spilt at the start of May from my favorite colony. Made two nucs each with a fine queen cell. Both cells hatched but now one nuc has a laying...
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  • Neils's Avatar
    07-06-2019, 02:42 PM
    Neils replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Hahaha! Pleeping, I like that one
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  • lindsay s's Avatar
    07-06-2019, 09:35 AM
    Stop pleeping (Orcadian dialect for complaining) Neils. Your beekeeping is easy compared to this honey harvesting and they arenít too fussy about how...
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  • Neils's Avatar
    06-06-2019, 09:22 PM
    Neils replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Painful afternoon. Definitely a June gap kicking in and one of the hives was mean. Got more stings in 10 minutes than Iíve had in the last 5 years,...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    06-06-2019, 03:06 PM
    What a great find! Not clear how much headroom there is for supers under the foldback covers. After you've towed it back up the A835 please...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    06-06-2019, 12:59 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    https://www.frasersauctionroom.co.uk/sales/266 check out this cool trailer!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    05-06-2019, 10:48 AM
    Alas I didn't get the chance to try ! They relocated to a more accessible holly bush at head height and are now in a large nucleus box :) Need a good...
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  • lindsay s's Avatar
    05-06-2019, 12:00 AM
    Extracting combs!!! Iíve still got 5 hives awaiting their first super.😭 I work single brood chambers and nearly all of my first supers contain some...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    04-06-2019, 08:16 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Green gumbo. If you give Fatsharks method a try (and I dare you to ;) please consider asking a friend to film it as it sure would be a sight worth...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    04-06-2019, 07:57 PM
    I'd put just one bait hive close by ... don't give them a choice. Honeybee Democracy has the details but if there are equally attractive locations...
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  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    04-06-2019, 10:51 AM
    I've put wet frames on top of a crown board for the bees to clean up, but I am really not sure they move pollen about once its been tucked into the...
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    04-06-2019, 09:42 AM
    I have a hive that swarmed on Saturday morning onto the branches of a big lime tree about 30ft up and totally inaccessible without cherry picker. ...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    04-06-2019, 08:44 AM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Could you put them back on the hive under the brood bodies for the bees to clean, then take them off in a couple of weeks? Sent from my iPhone...
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  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    04-06-2019, 08:42 AM
    I've been extracting. I've quite a few frames with decent amount of pollen present which is not really something thats been a problem before. Any...
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  • wee willy's Avatar
    02-06-2019, 07:26 PM
    One of the cotoneasters but not Horizontalis I think . Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    02-06-2019, 05:55 PM
    Yes, I also thought itís Cotoneaster. Mine isnít flowering yet - but when it does, the bees love it - particularly the wasps.
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    02-06-2019, 04:47 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    A cotoneaster variety?? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    02-06-2019, 02:45 PM
    Anyone know what this shrub is? The bees - of all types, bumble, honey and solitary - were hammering it yesterday. For size comparison, the...
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  • drumgerry's Avatar
    01-06-2019, 11:26 AM
    Or occasionally rain stops play Adam! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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  • Neils's Avatar
    31-05-2019, 10:28 PM
    Neils replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Having a listen now. Picked up a swarm this evening, just trying hard to squeeze into "Swarm in May". Suspect it's a cast, but around 3 frames on...
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