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  • Neils's Avatar
    Today, 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.
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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...
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  • lindsay s's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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...
    7 replies | 130 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 | 186 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...
    3 replies | 80 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...
    3964 replies | 568549 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!
    3 replies | 80 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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 | 82 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
    7 replies | 130 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 | 186 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    15-05-2019, 12:22 PM
    Interesting, I have one queenless colony that is piling in the nectar far better than neighbouring colonies. I seem to remember we discussed this...
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    15-05-2019, 08:31 AM
    Demarees all over the place. Last year I removed all laying queens to nucs and allowed hives to raise new ones but I noticed some colonies just...
    10 replies | 652 view(s)
  • Adam's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 05:19 PM
    Adam replied to a thread diagnosis please in Bee health
    My first question is why you bought two poor colonies. However being so small, are the larvae dying overnight when it's cold? They would certainly be...
    5 replies | 310 view(s)
  • Adam's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 05:14 PM
    Adam replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    My guess is that the chalkbrood will resume after shook swarm. Queen replacement is probably the answer and it has worked for me. (And I transferred...
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  • Adam's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 05:12 PM
    With two frames of bees only (is that the correct assumption?) they will struggle to keep brood warm, so if you have a small cosy nuc, that would...
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  • darlo's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 03:08 PM
    Hi everyone. I have a dilemma and would consider any advice helpful. I have a very small colony at the moment, sitting over about 2 frames. In...
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  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 11:00 AM
    I used the recent inspections to remove frames on the outside of strong colonies and insert foundation 2 or 3 frames in - even splitting the brood in...
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  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 09:37 AM
    I've a colony that just has not come on as others have and its on grotty comb with more chalkbrood than I've seen before. Action required - so shook...
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  • fatshark's Avatar
    11-05-2019, 07:51 PM
    Wasn't mine originally ... checked the colonies briefly on Friday and there are laying queens in all of them ;) Apivar strips now in as we've seen...
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  • greengumbo's Avatar
    10-05-2019, 10:04 AM
    Bit of a forced hand now. Couldn't get into a hive for two weeks and inevitably when I checked it there are swarm cells all over the place ! No...
    10 replies | 652 view(s)
  • scaie's Avatar
    09-05-2019, 06:10 PM
    scaie replied to a thread diagnosis please in Bee health
    Yes that's why I asked because I'm worried about the larvae. Their shape is normal but not colour. Not sure if there is two separate things going...
    5 replies | 310 view(s)
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