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  1. Did you sell 1/2 or 1/4 of what you have in storage?
  2. What do you mean by lost on of his yards?
  3. Month would be insetting, providing you can also post in topic, As I wouldn't go look in another regions poll per say, but if someone north said something was flowering, in the general one, then you'd know it's on its way further south.
  4. Decided after a month in lockdown maybe I should actually check the bees. Seeing as when I'm really busy I check them more often. It was good to have a wee looksie. Took strips out, a week or so late. Plenty of stores in the main hives, nucs needed a feed which is to be expected. Surprisingly. (well for me anyway) 2 hives are having a brood break. (Or where queenless but I dought that) I found it Interesting as since I've had bees they have never had a break. Maybe this year as I actually started to winter them down earlier, and left a lot more honey for them they are decided they needed a break. I'll have a look in a month or so If the weather isn't too bad...
  5. I reckon it'll be drum and base??
  6. With no sport on this weekend (well for a while) and a cracking weather today, it was a good excuse to go through the hives. Haven't checked them since I took honey off and put strips in. (6 weeks ago). At the same time I made 2 walkaway nucs. I'm pleased to report that both successfully mated and have good laying pattern, just a bit light on stores. (I have now fed them) The 3 full hives have a good amount of stores, and looking a darn site heathier than this time last year. Early honey removal and putting strips in I think has been the key. Hopefully I don't need the back up nucs for next season.
  7. My bees are on a roof. If the wind gets up too much with limited sun. They go from docile to kamikaze in no time.
  8. Or cage the queen? If they are good layers I'll happily take one off your hands
  9. @jamesc Is that a boat? Or have I already had too many beers tonight?
  10. I'd recommend using them. Makes life easier.
  11. Have you got a photo? Just to get an idea of height etc. I might be able to grab it in the morning. If not I can put someone else onto it
  12. @M4tt I used plastic in wood. And I add another 500gm (roughly) of wax per fd box onto of the 'pre waxed'. I've noticed its made a HUGE difference. Draw frames out faster.
  13. A site of 96 must take up a heap of space. I thought my 4 take up enough space. I take it your not on farms taking up 'valuable' grazing land.
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