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  • drumgerry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    My first set of grafts this year. Done in decent weather. Harvested from the cell raiser in pouring rain! 17 from 20 is about as good as it gets...
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  • RDMW's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:41 AM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    I had an interesting thing happen. I made up a nuc at the end of April and it developed a nice Queen cell which hatched fine. We had a spell of...
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  • Neils's Avatar
    21-05-2019, 09:57 PM
    Neils replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    I have bees again! Two local nucs, inspected as we transferred to my boxes, queens seen, brood in all stages. Bees nice and calm on the frames and...
    3966 replies | 569000 view(s)
  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    21-05-2019, 09:04 PM
    I belong to an AMM breeding group up here in the North-East. We thought weíve found a beekeeper-free site in the Cabrach for our mating apiary - but...
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
  • madasafish's Avatar
    21-05-2019, 01:30 PM
    In theory, you could get rid of all varroa but if you leave them for a day and they rob a hive with varroa, a piggy back ride undoes all the work you...
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  • Phil Moss's Avatar
    21-05-2019, 10:44 AM
    Thanks, Lindsay and fatshark. The site is in a hilly area at a height on the fringes of being able to keep bees, and no other known beekeepers...
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
  • Neils's Avatar
    21-05-2019, 08:04 AM
    Neils replied to a thread Boo in Bee blether
    Here in the tropics 14x12s tend to do ok, in the lowlands of Bristol (and with the bees around there) they can even be a bit on the small side. I...
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  • lindsay s's Avatar
    21-05-2019, 12:26 AM
    lindsay s replied to a thread Boo in Bee blether
    Your shook swarms on 14x12 will have their work cut out initially especially if they are on foundation. As I said in a previous post I used the...
    7 replies | 150 view(s)
  • Neils's Avatar
    20-05-2019, 10:56 PM
    Neils replied to a thread Boo in Bee blether
    They are, about as local as I can get them. Coming on national frames but bulk of my kit is 14x12 so intending to basically shook swarm 2 of them...
    7 replies | 150 view(s)
  • madasafish's Avatar
    20-05-2019, 06:55 PM
    Started Nicot QR mid April. Waste of time as weather turned cold and queens all went off lay and despite feeding only 1 QC= which came to nothing....
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  • lindsay s's Avatar
    20-05-2019, 05:34 PM
    lindsay s replied to a thread Boo in Bee blether
    Are your nucs this season’s and headed with new queens? I assume they will build up fast in your climate, so are you hoping to get surplus honey from...
    7 replies | 150 view(s)
  • Neils's Avatar
    20-05-2019, 10:42 AM
    Neils replied to a thread Boo in Bee blether
    Well, weíre on. First of the Nucs are ready, cue frantic frame building and kit shuffling in advance of pickup tomorrow.
    7 replies | 150 view(s)
  • fatshark's Avatar
    19-05-2019, 10:21 PM
    If it's a Varroa-free area are there other beekeepers you could contact? As Lindsay says, the importation of mites is effectively irreversible. There...
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
  • lindsay s's Avatar
    19-05-2019, 12:04 AM
    There has been a big upsurge in people wanting to keep bees here at the moment. But unfortunately we are struggling to supply enough local varroa...
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  • Phil Moss's Avatar
    18-05-2019, 10:43 AM
    Thanks, Fatshark. I agree with what you say, no (?) treatment is 100%. back it up with Varro-gard??? Or what else? But where do you source, or...
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
  • Greengage's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 06:49 PM
    Greengage replied to a thread Microscopes in Bee health
    Cheers tks for that.
    2 replies | 195 view(s)
  • lindsay s's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 09:29 AM
    lindsay s replied to a thread Boo in Bee blether
    Welcome back Neils your absence was noted. I hope your health and beekeeping goes from strength to strength. I hope this encourages others to come...
    7 replies | 150 view(s)
  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 08:57 AM
    Yes, would be interested to hear this interview Lindsay. I have similar situation to FS, but a week of two behind. Some but not all colonies making...
    3966 replies | 569000 view(s)
  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 08:43 AM
    Feckless Drone replied to a thread Boo in Bee blether
    Ooopff. Welcome back to the world of bees and SBAi. No shenanigans here!
    7 replies | 150 view(s)
  • fatshark's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 08:22 AM
    Post a link to the recording when it's broadcast ... hopefully with the expletives at the very end redacted ;) Down here in the balmy South I...
    3966 replies | 569000 view(s)
  • fatshark's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 08:04 AM
    I've treated casts with virgin Q's with vaporised OA no problem. Far better to treat when all the mites are phoretic. I've no idea whether there are...
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
  • Neils's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 12:55 AM
    Neils started a thread Boo in Bee blether
    can I come back? Been a bit of a 'mare the past few years to be honest. Moved house, learned some lessons there when it came to bees. Moved...
    7 replies | 150 view(s)
  • lindsay s's Avatar
    16-05-2019, 11:52 PM
    Excellent weather here this week and Iím on holiday, so Iíve spent plenty of time with bees. Iíve supplied three beginners with colonies that were...
    3966 replies | 569000 view(s)
  • darlo's Avatar
    16-05-2019, 11:29 PM
    Thanks Adam. I have a poly much which I can use. Will swap them over tomorrow and see what happens. Will need to hunt for a mates queen in Fife but...
    2 replies | 94 view(s)
  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    16-05-2019, 10:43 PM
    I should have realised youíll treat them and close them in at the same time! Kitta
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
  • Phil Moss's Avatar
    16-05-2019, 09:42 PM
    Phil Moss replied to a thread Microscopes in Bee health
    A compound will be good for pollen, diseases (nosema and??), but with magnification of about 100 minimum no good for dissection. My experience with...
    2 replies | 195 view(s)
  • Phil Moss's Avatar
    16-05-2019, 08:23 PM
    Thanks, mellifera Yes, treatment would have to be late evening, then keep them closed with travel screen ready to move next morning. But my worry...
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    16-05-2019, 08:13 PM
    I have no advice on oxalic acid treatment, Phil (besides which, youíre far more experienced than me) - but I do wonder whether any treatment will...
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
  • RDMW's Avatar
    16-05-2019, 06:46 PM
    RDMW replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Swarm season here in the north-west highlands of Scotland kicked off on the 28th of April with all four of my colonies making active swarm...
    3966 replies | 569000 view(s)
  • Phil Moss's Avatar
    16-05-2019, 07:03 AM
    Having done Demaree and Horsley board, I have sealed queen cells which will hopefully hatch and mate. Up to 8 days after she starts laying, I will...
    10 replies | 199 view(s)
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