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nikki watts last won the day on August 16 2018

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  1. Yes. It’s like winter has finally turned up and dumped a whole winter worth of rain in 3 weeks. The ground is so wet our Ute got stuck on the lawn, and we live in top of a hill.
  2. I don’t think we’ll be grafting for a few weeks either. Far to wet and windy.
  3. Sorry for your loss. What lowlifes, hopefully natural justice/fate whatever you want to call it takes care of them.
  4. I’ll collect some from the next hive with these symptoms. We had our bees tested as part of the exotic pest surveillance. I’ll have a look back through the results and see if we had any virus present back then. 728 !!! Wow 😱. Out of how many of you don’t mind me asking ?
  5. Do you think they have been weakened by disease or virus loads ?? Some of ours I can put down to me not requeening in autumn when I should have, but others I’m just not sure about. I’ve afb checked and can’t see any sign of that.
  6. Scary. Are you just finding empty hives ? Any signs of abandoned brood or drone brood ? Our losses are all a mixed bag of reasons. Big hives that starved out over winter, drone laying. And the ones that worry me, the ones that look like they just dwindled down until the last cold snap took them out. A hand sized patch of abandoned brood, some stores and dead bees in cluster.
  7. Yep. I think lots of energy is used up defending. We’d still have robbing here if we aren’t careful. a couple of days ago I saw 6-8 wasps having a go at at single box hive I’d just moved into a site. With overcrowding bees are probably having to fly further to get a feed too.
  8. Ours are all a mixed bag too. Some hives are still on 3 boxes and some that have dwindled down to nuc size. Only a handful of dead outs so far. 🙏🤞 We don’t feed over winter so i think some may have just been too strong for their own good. The weak ones mostly are very low in stores. Only 1 has gone drone so far but we ran out of time for re queening in autumn so that’s likely a contributing factor in queens not laying as much. I also believe overcrowding on winter sites is also a factor. We have a site that’s well away from anyone else and the hives there are Waaay better than the others.
  9. a strong vinegar taste. Hmmm. Perhaps mine needed replacing after all. They were Unpleasant but no screwed up face.
  10. Not sure about salty. I tasted some over wintered ones yesterday and they were still acidic but def not salty.
  11. Sorry for your loss, gold star for spotting the afb though.
  12. That’s stunning. I can see why you put up with the wind and rain to live there.
  13. No. Some of us northerners like chip buttys.
  14. In all business’s there is a cost for professional development. Although not cheap I still see value in going. I especially like hearing about new science discoveries. Also it is our only holiday each year and we really enjoy catching up with fellow beeks, some we only see at conference and really miss them if they don’t attend.
  15. You may be better to combine the two hives and split off again in spring. Better to have one strong hive than two weak ones. Also if you used synthetic strips that were still in the hives yeasterday you may have treated too late.
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