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  1. Hello everyone! I finally have bees. About a week and a half ago, a very small swarm (about as big as this one The Smallest Caught Swarm ) settled in my backyard bait hive. To my suprise, they are very active and are doing very well (no pictures yet, not wanting to disturb them too much). I let them settle in for about 5 days, then put a top feeder on with about 750mls of Light Sugar Syrup, they have almost cleaned that up. They are currently still in the old bait hive but I have added some fresh frames and foundation but there is still one old frame which is empty (no foundation) that they have started to suspend some comb on. This weekend, if it's warm, I am hoping to transfer them to a fresh new box and get rid of that old frame but I have a few questions first. 1. I have a hive doctor base board, and even though they are described as been "semi-ventilated", I am a bit scared that using this with such a small lot of bees may chill them. Thoughts? 2. I do not have a new roof, but I do have a few old gable roofs and I am planning to use one of these but I don't know if it is worth the risk, been old and from my grandfathers beekeeping days. I guess that the roof is not in direct contact with the bees and should not contain any spores of AFB or anything else, so therefore should be safe to use. I do not have access to a Wax Dipper to sterilise. Thanks for helping out a Young New Beek! [doublepost=1449815363,1449815240][/doublepost]Just to note that there is also one Apistan Strip in the middle of the cluster of bees!
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