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  1. Do yourself a favour and start with 3/4 format boxes !
  2. Can we explore this "supercedure error" concept ? This sounds like a BK problem, a bit difficult to believe that worker bees get confused - or are they being mixed up by silly interventions. Its the whole "vibe" of the hive rather than making a diagnosis based on a few swarm/supercedure cells. A BK who can't tell the difference needs to get out with an experienced BK and learn ! And why bees swarm ? Do some reading. Good management of a hive can usually reduce the chance of swarming - young queen, enough space, and identifying the early signs of swarming such as nectar storage within the brood nest. And interventions such as splits, nucs' or artificial swarm. Not doing all of these actions reveals fatalism, and if the BK has not done them they should learn and do them. The FFC group and I opened 8 of my hives on Saturday and had a great time covering all these issues, and carried out 1 AS (swarm cell found), 1 split (very strong hive), and inserted boxes into a number of the hives when they were very full of bees and brood. Time will tell how clever we were. Regards.
  3. When merging hives I have found that a .PDF book does not work well, newspaper does.
  4. And the title of the thread is quite wrong, these should be called "emergency cells", even through they look like supercedure cells. Picky but accurate ...
  5. Hmmmm, I can hear "Boom and Bust" and "Greed and Stupidity" words floating around. Ah well, Myrtle Rust may (or may not) decimate a zillion trees, and it's all about a honey which has no benefits when taken by mouth. Non-smiley icon. Let's think about our fantastic honeys which will continue into the future. Smiley icon, now.
  6. Hobby approach may be different. Please read " May need a frame of closed brood to support the new queen, and stores if you think it worth while." which has worked for me. And the failing queen could still be laying some worker brood which will contribute to the hive .
  7. It looks as if these posters are confusing a drone laying queen with drone laying workers. The appearance looks like a weak queen who is only laying unfertilised drone eggs. Managements are quite different, drone laying queen is quite fixable, just kill the queen and re-queen should fix it and chalk brood. May need a frame of closed brood to support the new queen, and stores if you think it worth while. Laying workers is a much more difficult condition, lots of posts on this over the past few seasons, and be difficult, can be easy. So make a diagnosis and then treat correctly (or abandon if the hive is too far gone).
  8. Yes. but the art of hobby bee keeping is that you align what you want the bees to do with what the bees want to do ... and it's great when you can achieve this, but takes lots of experience and learning to solve the problems. And just close the hive when there is no obvious answer, and go back when thought has taken place.
  9. You are starting to "read" the hive and react to what the bees want to do. Good. I would suggest going to "Downloads" and get a copy of my "Easy Bee Keeping" to help you along the way, and get back to all 3/4 boxes. Regards.
  10. Smell and taste it to make sure it has not fermented.
  11. And probably stick to 3/4 boxes from the very beginning ...
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    I'm glad you noticed my intentional error
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    Hi @Hector Wong Please look at the very top of the page. Regards. PS Saturday 1 September, noon as usual ....
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    sO, THANKS FOR CORRECTING MY MEMORY OF A LONGER PERIOD, I WILL correct the period to 10 weeks. Regards.
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    Hi @dansar, I have a clear memory of 12 weeks being recommended on this forum. Some internet searching reveals: Issued: September 2017 AN: 00031/2017 SUMMARY OF PRODUCT ... www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/productinformationdatabase/SPC.../SPC_1251888.DOC "If brood is not present or at its lowest level, the strips can be removed after 6 weeks of treatment. If brood is present, leave the strips in place for 10 weeks and remove the strips at the end of treatment. " And recommendations vary from country to country. I would be grateful if others would check my "clear memory" and I will amend the 12 weeks to 10 weeks. thanks very much.
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    The first season’s meeting was held on Saturday 4 July 2018 About 12 people attended. 1. We discussed how are hives have been going through the winter, and this varied from hives doing well, to some people losing most or all of their hives. The problems included serious wasp attack in autumn, and treating for varroa with oxalic acid sublimator. As regards wasps, early trapping is important as it reduces the number of wasp queens, and accordingly the number of wasp colonies. Finding and killing wasp nests will remain important, and I can provide and install Vespex once we have confirmed that the wasps are taking protein feed which is the lure for fipronil. Please contact me for instructions in how to establish wasp vulnerability before using Vespex. 2 We then had a short practical session on assembling a wooden frame, or cleaning up if used already, wiring it up, and insertion of foundation. 3 We had a good conversation with Eric Johnson of bees supplies last week, and the providers of Bayvarol and Apivar (amitraz) are quite clear that there is no resistance to either. The failures are probably due to wrong timing of use, especially in Autumn, and the method of insertion, which we will cover at our next meeting. Apivar (amitraz) will be used for Spring varroa control, and strips will be inserted in the third or fourth week of August. The dose is 2 strips per brood box, and left in place for 12 weeks. As the product is provided in packets of 10, we can provide broken pack amount to those with a number of hives which is not a multiple of 5. Please contact us very soon so we can order the right amount of Apivar, cost is about $10 per treatment. 4 Moving hives – if you need help, just let us know and we can assist with a vehicle or trailer if needed 5 Next meeting Saturday 1 September at noon, the usual Spring agenda to be sent out soon Regards, Tudor and Clare Remember, attendance is by invitation only, so send us an email if you wish to attend.
  17. It makes life easy for the bees and hobby bee keepers to let the seasonal cycle call the tune. And here near Dunedin it was 14 degrees today, and the bees doing what they do - out when they like it, any stay inside and drink tea when it is too cold. Leaving a lot of honey in autumn removes the need to feed hives, and they come through winter strongly, and there is no need for pollen as the bees and seasons make sure supplies are aligned.
  18. He's a great bee keeper, just follow his Rose Hives video's or get his book, he helped guide me into "Easy Bee Keeping". One size boxes, no queen excluder, don't feed, great for hobby bee keeping.
  19. Could you send us a scan of the MPI permit ? to brightwaterbees@gmail.com Thanks.
  20. Are you quite sure that this applies to honey ?
  21. It works like this: you make a claim, then you provide the proof for it so I can learn from you. If not, then not. Rather like someone at a dinner party who says "I heard this great joke, I don't remember the punch line but it was really funny" and then some people laugh along. I've actually heard this, beats me.
  22. good point - there is evidence that honey works when applied topically, but no proof that manuka honey is any better than other honey in patients rather than in the laboratory. And oral honey ... You know, I have a professional training and scientific approach to life, and like to use logic, so get a bit techy with statements with no logic but lots emotion and fiscal interests.
  23. Please give me a real reference with some proof rather than repeated statements which are believed because they are said so often.
  24. Here we go again - please refresh my memory as to the value of "Manuka honey" used medicinally, and how much is sold as a food (which has no effects). Thanks.
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