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Mr Takahashi

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  1. I bought a nuc off someone, only to find that the guy only lives 1.5km away from me. I know the conventional wisdom is to move the hive to another location 5+ km away and leave them there for a while before moving them back to my house. That isn't really an option for me, I'm picking the nuc up shortly, so I'm looking for any tips/advice on what I should do to maximise the chances of the move going smoothly. specifically, once I have them in there new location, when should I open the door? once they have settled down, or should I wait 24 hours? If I pick them up in a nuc box, w
  2. OK I had a quick look in the big hive, there was no wax cappings on the hive floor, just around 50 dead bees. Perhaps the swarm was attacking the big hive, but not succeeding in robbing it? I know that seems unlikely, but I'm 100% certain that almost all the flying bees were flying between the two hives - and why else does a bee fly to another hive other than to attempt to rob it?
  3. The swarm covered 4-5 sides of 3/4 frames, the nuc box has 4 frames (8 sides) and a frame feeder in it. My thinking was I should leave them in the nuc box until there was some brood, then I could verify they didn't have AFB before putting them in a proper hive. I had another look last night, and now I think the swarm is robbing or at least attempting to rob the other hive. So I closed the entrance even further, it is now barely big enough for one bee to enter/exit at a time. That didn't have much effect, so I also threw grass on the front of both hives - that calmed things down a bi
  4. About 10 days ago I caught a swarm at my house, I moved them into a nuc box and left them about 30 metres away from my original hive on the other side of my garage in a little clearing where they are sheltered from the wind. In the last week, there seems to be a ton of activity around my original hive and the swarm hive, but the concerning thing, is all the bees appear to be flying between the swarm hive and the original hive. So I thought the swarm hive might be robbing the original hive? So I closed up the entrance on the original hive to 1 bee width, but that didn’t effect the amount
  5. Hi Guys, This is the same as my last post in the paupers split thread, I decided it deserved its own topic. I'm trying to decide whether or not I should split this hive again. The biggest issue I have, is that I fed them all winter and they have filled all the comb with honey. Now there is almost no empty comb for the queen to lay in. I don't need to get any honey of either hive this year, my main focus is on building up the number of hives I have. I can see two frames with multiple queen cells, so I'm tempted to put one of those frames in a nuc box with one or two honey fra
  6. Hi Guys, I'm trying to decide whether I should split this hive again, or not. The biggest issue I have, is that I fed them all winter and they have filled all the comb with honey. Now there is almost no empty comb for the queen to lay in. I don't need to get any honey of either hive this year, my main focus is on building up the number of hives I have. I can see two frames with multiple queen cells, so I'm tempted to put one of those frames in a nuc box with one or two honey frames and some undrawn frames. What will the queen do if there is none or minimal empty comb when s
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