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Gavin Webber

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  1. I have a queen which is missing a hind leg. She is my 5 legged queen. She appeared in her hive after the hive swarmed then caste swarmed as well. The first time I looked for her I found 1 queen cell which I squashed because I had seen new brood. Then I found the queen. Woops that explained the supercedure cell. I looked 1 week later and they had made another cell. This time I left it. But the next time I checked miss 5 legs remained. She has been a slow layer but has survived the winter. Lucky for her I like her:). You say there are eggs, larvae and capped worker cells. So, I would do as y
  2. I am wary of apivar. I lost my first hive during winter after apivar was ineffective in autumn. I didn't see many fallen varroa on my mesh board like I do with bayvarol. Even over the full treatment period.
  3. I now just use a serrated kitchen knife. The knife is a bit short but 2 passes either side on both sides of the frame. No heating or burnt fingers and a lot less set up time.
  4. I too use the plastic excluders directly on top of the frames. So bee space is above the excluder under the frames. I clean the plastic excluders with a hive tool to knock off the large bits of wax then use a heat gun to melt wax between the bars. Obviously the excluder warps with the heat. I try to keep the heat to a minimum. As they cool the warping reduces enough for me to reuse them. The weight of the honey supers seems to be enough to overcome the warping.
  5. You are within your rights to have a hive or 2 within the city limits of Hamilton. I would do nothing at this stage. I had a neighbour that instantly said was allergic when I mentioned I kept bees at home. When I questioned further about the reactions it became obvious that my neighbour didn't actually know or had never had a bee sting before.
  6. I read somewhere that their abdomen extends further back beyond the tips of their wings because of the full tummy. I tried to observe this but was not convinced it was useful. I like PBee's method at the top of this thread:)
  7. I wish mine would #### on the neighbours cat!:mad:
  8. Looks like it has a beer bottle opening capability to me. Take a close look at the scraper end. I assume it is designed and made in Germany. Prost!
  9. Similar to what I did to transfer the bees out of the TBH. I found the comb with the queen (what a mission that was), picked 2 other combs with brood, screwed the bars to another bar that would hang in the Langstroth (Not as easy as it sounds), Shook all the bees into the Langstroth, filled up the remainder of the box with foundation then sited the Langstroth entrance where the TBH was. Approx. 3 weeks later discarded the makeshift TBH combs with foundation making sure I didn't remove the queen. Still got a handy crop of honey from that hive. Not too bad I guess, but the clean up was messy
  10. By all means, give Trevor's idea a go, but I think it will be a short term fix. Your TBH will again be full to the brim very soon and wanting to swarm. The big problem which I have not seen a satisfactory solution to is what to do with a TBH that builds up strong and quickly early in the season and runs out of room. The season is long. What I did is a long story that I won't be repeating again. But to cut a long story short, It was brutal and time consuming and my TBH is now collecting spiders until I come up with a satisfactory way (by my standards) of swarm control in a pumping TBH. In t
  11. I hope it stays that way for you. It is nice to know that at least there is 1 corner of the earth that is varroa free!!!!! A bit hard to keep bees on Antarctica.
  12. I am not sure about queenless hives "beeing" angry and noisy. I have had a couple of queenless colonies now and all seems normal until I start pulling frames and find no brood.
  13. Yes, I think early November is plenty of time to catch the nectar flow. I would manage them with a single brood box. Queen excluder and honey super on early/mid December. Ready for the flow in January/February. All things going well you will be surprised.
  14. Perhaps dilution of the spores in the bees stomachs. Dilute the spores to a very low level so they have no effect on the bee pupae. My understanding is that AFB is very often present. Just too low in concentration to cause problems. It seems to me that there could be an arguement for feeding versus not feeding. I am a non feeder of swarms for the reason stated earlier.
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