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#166 David K

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:46 am

The question is have I left it to late in the season to start a Hive off? the Hive will be fully functional when I get the brood box and floor......


Still plenty of time left this year to build up a colony, if you buy in a nucleus or a get a swarm and we get enough good weather for bees to forage then you should be fine but you really need to get on with it now and get that hive ready.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:21 am

Still plenty of time left this year to build up a colony, if you buy in a nucleus or a get a swarm and we get enough good weather for bees to forage then you should be fine but you really need to get on with it now and get that hive ready.


Cheers for the info David :thumbs:. seen a few Cedar Brood box's and the Varroa mesh floor's on Ebay, I'll get cracking and hope for some decent weather........

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:11 pm

as a newbie beekeeper of only 2 weeks, god must be smiling on me, as collected another cast swarm yesterday, have seen the queen and they are all settled in a homemade 6 frame nuc, have also found out that the first swarm is queenless, as on checking cells, we had between 1 and 5!!!! eggs per cell, so a laying worker, once the new swarm has settled in and queen mated, may try combining both swarms via a paper marriage

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:34 pm

Don't no if it's any good good to any one but I was in hitchin,Stevenage today in the national grid training center and a swarm of bees landed there this afternoon,thousands of them it looked like.they ended up all just piled up on the stones I take it starring a nest.the company were just going to leave them there,bearing in mind I no nothing about beekeeping i thought someone might be able to round them up and make use.google national grid hitching for contact details If its of any use to anyone.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:33 am

short clip of my girls, 3rd day and bringing in pollen



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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:49 pm

caught 2 swarms last sunday put 1 straight into an empty top bar the other into a poly nuc with 6 new topbars

went to transfer the nuc to another empty topbar today and 5 of the bars needed cutting to fit as they had build new comb on all bars already and 5 were fully square the size of the nuc so needed to be tapered to fit the topbar

amazing how fast they work when there starting out from fresh

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:40 pm

took this clip today, we have just under 7000 bee's in this hive




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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:13 pm

and a short clip of my new apairy, 11 miles from home





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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:35 pm

today checking for worker brood,larvae and eggs, which we have, so the queen is in residence and laying well



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Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:39 pm

:laugh:

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:10 pm

Went to an introduction to beekeeping meeting tonight :) Ordered a nuc for some reason, even though I've nothing else sorted out. bit of pressure might get me into action  :laugh: Was very interesting altogether. I'm always surprised by the variety of people that will turn up to the strangest of gatherings.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:18 pm

Anyone use a top bar hive?



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:05 pm

Has colony collapse hit this thread?



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:41 pm

Assembled my first frame tonight, managed to break the wedge, put a pin out through the top, and cut my thumb  :laugh:

 

I like to get all my mistakes out of the way good and early  :whistling:



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:14 pm

Anyone use a top bar hive?

 

 

today checking for worker brood,larvae and eggs, which we have, so the queen is in residence and laying well

what do you think these are john? just my own design

 

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