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  1. Lesson in swarm control.

    I mentioned in my recent blog that I had an exciting start to beekeeping.

    Originally I received two Nucs in late may, I was told the queens in residence were 2014 queens and were very docile lovely bees to handle and would not swarm this year. Once people heard I had two hives on site a number of people turned up to give advice and mentor???

    Ill call them Jack and Jill,

    After a week on site I observed a number of queen cells in One of the hives and informed ...
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  2. Honey flow

    This year after investing a lot of money in two Cedar wood hives and all the ancillary equipment (Not my money) OK some of it mine but I am not prepared to admit how much except to say this is an expensive hobby to get into. I have put in a lot of hours reading and researching bees, not to mention the promise of honey for all and sundry. I started with two hives and due to swarming and the death of the original queens now have three hives. The summer has not being great weather wise. All good so ...
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  3. new apiary

    Set up a new apiary today near my parents house.

    I moved 6 Paynes Polynucs I had overwintered to the site this morning and set them up about midday.

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    I opened them and left them a few hours while I did some clipping and marking at my fathers apiary.

    His log hive had swarmed on Thursday and the swarm had gone straight into an empty hive.
    It had a beaut of a queen which I marked and clipped. It already had ...
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  4. Varroa Tolerant Bees II

    Looks as though I was successful with my “cut-and-paste” intro so will now try to recall all I wrote and lost, easier said than done these days, 84 in April. What I am about to write may cause some of you to want to query. That’s OK. I will attempt to give answers or advice. I learnt my beekeeping ib 1943 so have a reasonable amount of acquired knowledge.
    When reading some of your threads I felt I may be able to clear up a few points about my work and perhaps give hope to those of you trying ...
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  5. Varroa Tolerant Bees

    Last night I came across and browsed your forum for the first time. Sorry, but did not know it existed until then. I was particularly interested in the threads about VSH bees and saw that my name was mentioned a few times. All good I should add, though the info not always correct.
    I felt that I would like to contribute my latest news if possible so applied to join. Being accepted I then spent the next hour and half writing, reading, then re-writing as you do and when I looked at the clock ...
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