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    Three hives artificially swarmed over the last two weeks to stop them swarming.

    The one on Saturday had sealed queen cells and I think it was only the rain that had stopped them from heading out.

    Most of my colonies do seem to be strong this year, and about a month ahead of last year.

    Back on driving bees, I'd wondered what it meant. Nice to see it being done.

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    Thanks for posting that Gavin. I can't of course view the video, but the "arbre aux abeilles" is one of my favourite sites (my avatar comes from it). René, down here, used to run log hives as a boy helping his dad, but switched to Dadants.As pointed out above, the bees were usually killed to get at the honey. But it was a* swarms come, swarms go* era. As for driving bees, everyone says it works. My one experience of trying it was the time that I finished up in hospital so I won't be bothering again.

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    Yes, there are lots of mason bees in east belfast, it seems to be a hot spot for them and always on a south facing wall

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    No English commentary but this is a great video on the theme of French log hives. The privacy settings require that it's watched through vimeo hence it's not been possible to embed it here.

    Featuring Paul Chapelle a 'peasant' beekeeper and his black bees in the Cevennes:

    http://vimeo.com/user13687887/arbreauxabeilles

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