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  • fatshark's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 PM
    Charming! I'm "associated with the drinks industry" .... but only on Friday and Saturday nights ... hic! What a filthy afternoon. Raining hard...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    Thanks greengumbo ... Poor quality Mellifera - flavour, appearance, very small bit of separation, rather old (though this isn't really relevant) - I...
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    Today, 01:06 PM
    Being associated with the drinks industry we get booze related notices sometimes.....your reply reminded me of this ! ...
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 PM
    My humidity readings are bang on 65% so very similar. Good to know !
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  • madasafish's Avatar
    Today, 09:48 AM
    I have three legged extractor with castors... it does hardly vibrate...(I ignore the spelling politzei :-)
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  • madasafish's Avatar
    Today, 09:42 AM
    I use an incubator I built 15 years ago for quails.. It is Heath Robinson but appears to produce results OK.. If it works, almost anything will ...
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  • madasafish's Avatar
    Today, 09:39 AM
    ABout 4 years ago (2015) I started using Langs and the next year requeened with both Buckfast and Carniolan. SInce then queen rearing has produced a...
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    Today, 09:16 AM
    Update ! They have started to emerge and are being distributed to the group for filling apideas and the like. I was planning filling mine tonight...
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    Today, 09:12 AM
    Hi FS - I often have dregs in buckets that are mixed heather / blossom and feed it back to them after heating gently and putting in a miller feeder...
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  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    What makes honey a 'poor quality', Fatshark? I have honey that got a bit overheated trying to separate cappings from honey - but those become...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    22-06-2019, 10:07 PM
    I've got a bucket or two of old rather poor quality honey I'd like to feed back to the bees later in the year. It's not something I've done before. ...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    22-06-2019, 06:55 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    22-06-2019, 06:53 PM
    I'm in good company then ... my notes are full of comments like Polished cells but no eggs. Give them another week then unite. However, I'm hopeful...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    22-06-2019, 06:35 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Iím having real trouble with queen rearing this year. None of my spilts has produced a mated queen after two months and even a swarm I collected...
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  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    22-06-2019, 05:51 PM
    I see, Fatshark - it can be either (but I prefer 'castor'). I've even found a new definition: the pelt of a beaver, or medicine made from a beaver's...
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  • banwee40's Avatar
    22-06-2019, 01:40 PM
    Hi all just wondered what your experiences are with Buckfast and carniolan bees and also the F2 (Granddaughter) defensiveness. just wondered what...
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  • wee willy's Avatar
    21-06-2019, 09:56 PM
    Out here in the northwest Dog roses being hammered ! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Neils's Avatar
    21-06-2019, 05:54 PM
    Neils replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Well the brambles are coming. Already out in the lowlands but still thinking about here in the Mendips. Iíve stopped feeding and added supers to...
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  • wee willy's Avatar
    20-06-2019, 08:23 PM
    Where I live a castor is a small articulated wheel. A caster is a small maggot bred on fish for the use of anglers . Correction a caster is an...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    20-06-2019, 12:23 PM
    Hi Kitta Casters and castors are probably both acceptable ... the etymology in OED shows that both have been used historically, including in...
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  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    20-06-2019, 08:59 AM
    Castors. And Supersedure. I'm a zealot when it comes to spelling - but I only see other people's mistakes, not my own of which there are many. I...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    19-06-2019, 11:00 AM
    Casters? Castors? Three ... because my extractor has three legs ;) I simply bolted them to the end of the legs using an M10 bolt and one of those...
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  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    18-06-2019, 11:37 PM
    Three or four castors, Fatshark? Somebody told me some years ago an extractor needs three castors (or ballbearings) - like washing machines. I...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    18-06-2019, 10:38 PM
    I underestimated ... just finished extracting ... a bit under 50% of last season. It might have helped if I'd taken the supers off 7-10 days ago :(...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    18-06-2019, 01:00 PM
    But here in balmy Fife it's ... exactly the same :( Some colonies are managing to bring in a bit of nectar but it's very patchy. It also doesn't...
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  • alancooper's Avatar
    18-06-2019, 12:54 PM
    Hi all, Posts from 16th and 17th mirror the story in my west Fermanagh apiary - great start to the season, now empty brood frames, feeding, cross...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    18-06-2019, 12:39 AM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Same here in Ullapool. I gave one strong but storeless hive a gallon of syrup yesterday having found it empty of food. Hoping for a lime flow fingers...
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  • Bridget's Avatar
    18-06-2019, 12:02 AM
    Iíve been feeding mine for about 10 days now. So emergency I didnít dare delay 24 hrs and take the supers off. Not that it matters as there will be...
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  • lindsay s's Avatar
    17-06-2019, 10:25 PM
    We are averaging about one good foraging day a week here at the moment. Queens are off the lay and several beekeepers I spoke to are having to feed...
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