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  • Adam's Avatar
    18-08-2019, 10:35 AM
    Adam replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Booker allows BBKA members to get sugar from them. Not sure if similar applies in Scotland. Currently they are doing 50 kg for £22.
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  • Calluna4u's Avatar
    17-08-2019, 10:14 AM
    Get your sugar/syrup/fondant bought early. There is a significant price rise coming down the pipe as the new contract rates kick in from autumn. ...
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  • mikemilespitcairn's Avatar
    14-08-2019, 01:56 PM
    When I was in Lewis this summer I noticed beehives on the outskirts of Stornoway at the Laxdale end. They were in a sheltered meadow, surrounded by...
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  • Silvbee's Avatar
    14-08-2019, 07:06 AM
    No luck on the local association front and all the available queens from online sellers are from imported stock which is a non starter from me. If...
    3 replies | 619 view(s)
  • Highlandhoney's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 01:37 PM
    It may not be that bad. You need to do more research first though. Ask around. Checkout local beekeepers & be prepared to have very little in the...
    6 replies | 843 view(s)
  • madasafish's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 11:38 AM
    Farmfoods 50p per Kg and £2 off is you spend £25 - (voucher on internet) B&M 50p/Kg
    4054 replies | 592541 view(s)
  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 08:56 AM
    The weather really not helping us this past week, plus late in the season. There is nothing coming in and lots of unripe stores and grumpy bees...
    4054 replies | 592541 view(s)
  • RDMW's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 07:59 AM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Amitraz is what I planned to use as well. I also sublimate any broodless colonies (swarms, queenless colonies and all colonies in deep midwinter). I...
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  • Jambo's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 07:40 AM
    Jambo replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Yeah the willowherb is still flowering here and the fields are still white with clover but Iím fairly convinced neither is producing much. I find...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 06:07 AM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    The willow herb is still flowering here. Interesting comment about the buddlia. Ours had lots of bumbles honeybees as well as the painted ladies. ...
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  • Jambo's Avatar
    11-08-2019, 10:52 PM
    Jambo replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    :D It's definitely over up here now apart from the heather - home bees are taking an interest in buddleia and fuschia which in previous years I've...
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  • Adam's Avatar
    09-08-2019, 08:34 PM
    A decent 5 frame nuc should survive for me in my part of the world. (3 frames of brood and packed with food by the end of September). It would...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    07-08-2019, 07:50 PM
    Not a straightforward question to answer I'm afraid. Assuming they have low levels of DWV (so were treated early enough in the season to protect the...
    2 replies | 305 view(s)
  • wheresthedog's Avatar
    07-08-2019, 07:34 PM
    Hi all, Is there a rule of thumb for determining what the minimum colony size is for overwintering? What's the smallest you would go with before...
    2 replies | 305 view(s)
  • RDMW's Avatar
    04-08-2019, 05:41 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    We have had a lovely latter part of July. Hot and sunny but with enough moisture in the ground. Two of my colonies under the lime trees had a bonanza...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    04-08-2019, 04:54 PM
    No ... I think it's all over bar the shouting in the balmy South. Queens are still laying OK, but there's not the frenzied activity of earlier in the...
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  • Jambo's Avatar
    31-07-2019, 09:19 AM
    Jambo replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Maybe I have had an unusually good success rate in previous years with queen matings, and it is only my third season... But have had a couple of...
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  • lindsay s's Avatar
    30-07-2019, 10:42 PM
    It was all doom and gloom for me here in June.☹️ I was hoping to make up eight nucs but only managed to do four and I also bumped off three old...
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  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    30-07-2019, 04:59 PM
    Jambo Jambo - I set up for 17 new Qs and got 14 which mostly seem fine so far. One looks a bit runty, one runs everywhere. They were due to start...
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  • Jambo's Avatar
    30-07-2019, 04:02 PM
    Jambo replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Is everyone else having a shocking success rate of queen matings this year? Very frustrating! The good news is the bigger colonies are finally...
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  • Adam's Avatar
    27-07-2019, 09:46 AM
    Did you cage the queencells on day 11 or 12 in readiness for emergence? I wonder if the bees lost contact with the queencells and then ignored them....
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  • Silvbee's Avatar
    26-07-2019, 12:14 PM
    Thanks Kitta, I'm based in Fife and I've been in touch with the local association, just waiting on a response. I'll be away for a couple of weeks...
    3 replies | 619 view(s)
  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    25-07-2019, 04:42 PM
    Silvbee, I don't know whereabouts you are - but you could perhaps ask your local association if anybody can help out. I'm afraid, I'm late...
    3 replies | 619 view(s)
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