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  • fatshark's Avatar
    Today, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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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  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    17-06-2019, 04:10 PM
    Geez - been busy few days. This season was purring along, strong colonies, easy splits and got a good crop from bees north of Dundee, then found two...
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  • Jambo's Avatar
    17-06-2019, 11:52 AM
    Jambo replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    I'm a bit new to this to be sharing anything that could be termed wisdom, but as with Neils and Lindsay these colonies have taken the best part of...
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  • alancooper's Avatar
    17-06-2019, 08:50 AM
    Decision made - I am leaving the Q cell - reckoning that this hive will not swarm.
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    16-06-2019, 03:12 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Good news. Any wisdom on the longest you would wait before assuming the queen has failed to mate and uniting?? Also if there is a queen present but...
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  • Jambo's Avatar
    15-06-2019, 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
    15-06-2019, 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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