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  • SDM's Avatar
    Today, 05:31 AM
    Andy is a saint !!
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  • The Drone Ranger's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    About time to put in Snelgrove boards now Has to be before you find charged queen cells Queen downstairs with one frame of unsealed brood/larva...
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  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    28-04-2017, 08:23 PM
    That sounds good, PH. My cherry trees are still far too young to flower, but my sycamores usually sound like that - except this year I'm a bit...
    1 replies | 93 view(s)
  • Adam's Avatar
    28-04-2017, 02:34 PM
    Adam replied to a thread Osr 2017 in Everything and anything
    You need a rat trap. Maybe bees as bait for the trap? OSR has been out for a while down south - but none near me this year. The cold weather has...
    3 replies | 193 view(s)
  • Poly Hive's Avatar
    27-04-2017, 05:09 PM
    Had a burst of activity at 2pm today. Hive some 5 yards from the tree. :) Both hive and tree humming happily, or rather the bees in the tree were the...
    1 replies | 93 view(s)
  • alancooper's Avatar
    27-04-2017, 08:58 AM
    alancooper replied to a thread Drones ejected in Queen raising
    Hi GG. Yes, a mild winter and early spring and hives doing well and drones ejected before the cold northerly winds at the start of this week. Around...
    3 replies | 124 view(s)
  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    26-04-2017, 11:39 PM
    It's the same on my hill, FS. I've established al my colonies are alive, but I've not yet been able to give them all a full inspection. I think...
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • Williamtyrone's Avatar
    26-04-2017, 10:33 PM
    Williamtyrone replied to a thread Drones ejected in Queen raising
    Alan, I have a hive with similar happening at the weekend. Drones not getting back into hive and some dead outside. Sent from my Hudl 2 using...
    3 replies | 124 view(s)
  • fatshark's Avatar
    26-04-2017, 09:47 PM
    I suspect I'm just a rubbish beekeeper. In fairness, I've not enough experience up here (this is only my second Spring). Last year Spring was very...
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • Greengage's Avatar
    26-04-2017, 07:38 AM
    Greengage replied to a thread Drones ejected in Queen raising
    I don't know the answer but could it possibly be that in late march the temps were above normal and hives were thriving there was lots of stores, But...
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  • alancooper's Avatar
    25-04-2017, 04:34 PM
    What would cause drones to be ejected from a hive at this time of year? Over the weekend, one of my hives showed five drones ejected onto the landing...
    3 replies | 124 view(s)
  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    25-04-2017, 09:16 AM
    I live in a state of confusion. I'm surprised about your rate of buildup. My site where things are too good, is very well sheltered, south facing...
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • fatshark's Avatar
    24-04-2017, 07:06 PM
    I do it as you describe but use a simpler single entrance solid/screened board to avoid confusing myself. I generally leave the foragers to exit the...
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    24-04-2017, 02:39 PM
    Maybe not explained well - The way I normally do it is to introduce a split board (Snelgrove) with entrance in a different direction. So, bees on top...
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • wee willy's Avatar
    24-04-2017, 02:16 PM
    All workers have access to the whole hive anyway or am I missing something here? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • Mellifera Crofter's Avatar
    24-04-2017, 02:07 PM
    Yes, sometimes - but my timing for keeping the colony like that isn't exact. Sometimes just an hour or so, on other occasions a day or more. No...
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • Feckless Drone's Avatar
    24-04-2017, 12:08 PM
    Had to do swarm control on two colonies yesterday - this is between 1 - 2 weeks ahead of last year in this apiary, these are not particularly swarmy...
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • Greengage's Avatar
    24-04-2017, 07:49 AM
    Well I should know late this week Ill let you know what happens. Thanks.
    2 replies | 110 view(s)
  • madasafish's Avatar
    23-04-2017, 05:40 PM
    madasafish replied to a thread Amm queens in Exchange and mart
    I have just set up my Cloake Board system ready for grafting 1st May...
    62 replies | 9560 view(s)
  • rogerb's Avatar
    22-04-2017, 09:24 PM
    Sorry this one has gone now, I will be making up some splits later in the season for my own use but will likely have some to spare, so please let me...
    1 replies | 154 view(s)
  • mbc's Avatar
    22-04-2017, 08:26 PM
    mbc replied to a thread Queen cell damaged? in Queen raising
    So long as the larvae wasn't damaged or infection introduced they can repair the wax as good as new. Not that I'd advocate it, but I have heard of...
    2 replies | 110 view(s)
  • Greengage's Avatar
    22-04-2017, 05:44 PM
    I accidentally damaged a queen cell last week that was not sealed, (Couple of swear words but i left it to see what will happen) but this week the...
    2 replies | 110 view(s)
  • Adam's Avatar
    21-04-2017, 02:58 PM
    Adam replied to a thread todays news in Everything and anything
    Typical brood pattern of a DLQ rather than laying workers. I had one marked DLQ this spring - well she was laying perhaps 80% drone brood - united...
    3510 replies | 398085 view(s)
  • prakel's Avatar
    21-04-2017, 08:20 AM
    prakel replied to a thread Amm queens in Exchange and mart
    I've traditionally started grafting on May Day which suits from a beekeeper convienience point of view and also from pushing prospective queen...
    62 replies | 9560 view(s)
  • Wmfd's Avatar
    20-04-2017, 08:51 PM
    Wmfd replied to a thread Amm queens in Exchange and mart
    Thanks for the insights, I was hoping to use the queen right method (for ease of doing in a hive I have at home) so interesting to hear when it tends...
    62 replies | 9560 view(s)
  • busybeephilip's Avatar
    20-04-2017, 01:05 PM
    busybeephilip replied to a thread Amm queens in Exchange and mart
    I've been thinking about it, several of my hives are making cells, have added supers to see if that will make them stop, else will start splitting
    62 replies | 9560 view(s)
  • Jon's Avatar
    20-04-2017, 12:58 PM
    Jon replied to a thread Amm queens in Exchange and mart
    I put drone combs into my drone raising colonies around the middle of April which means I will have viable drones towards the end of May. If the...
    62 replies | 9560 view(s)
  • mbc's Avatar
    20-04-2017, 12:28 PM
    mbc replied to a thread Amm queens in Exchange and mart
    I'm not starting grafting yet either, I like to wait untill I see some natural queen cells started when on my rounds.
    62 replies | 9560 view(s)
  • Wmfd's Avatar
    20-04-2017, 07:20 AM
    Wmfd replied to a thread Amm queens in Exchange and mart
    Jon, out of interest, how do you gauge when to start grafting? I'd thought of things like: * Presence of drones * Overnight temperatures -...
    62 replies | 9560 view(s)
  • Jon's Avatar
    19-04-2017, 02:44 PM
    Jon replied to a thread Amm queens in Exchange and mart
    The post is a year old. I haven't even started grafting yet this year. Someone has revived the thread.
    62 replies | 9560 view(s)
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