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New bees update

I spent a lot of time observing the bees this morning and wanted to share my findings with the group for comments and guidance.  As some of the flying bees had been returning to where the hive had been originally … Continue reading

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First bees

On wednesday, 23rd May, I had a call from Harry that a ‘pestaker’ was bringing a swarm from Tetbury about 40 minutes away.  I dashed over to Shilton and waited to usher the ‘pestaker into the drive’  He arrived in a BMW and … Continue reading

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I was wondering whether the split in my colony on Saturday would definitely lessen the urge to swarm and it seems from Lynne’s post it may not! Don’t know what to suggest Lynne- how frustrating. Perhaps the popcorn might be … Continue reading

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Swarming from split and multiple casts

Yesterday the hive that Paul split – see previous post – swarmed from the ‘original’ colony half. So the split didn’t make them feel any less like swarming- but hey, I’m telling myself it’s just a good strong colony maybe… … Continue reading

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Bearding or Massive clearance sale on drones?

A week on from the hive split and I noticed a lot of bees on the outside of the hive I split. See how the other hive, in the background of this picture, has no “beard” outside the entrance? If … Continue reading

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putting bees from a national into a top-bar

I am still waiting for a break in the weather and a bit more warmth to transfer one of my colonies, currently in a national hive into my new top-bar . I have had them on brood and a half … Continue reading

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Meeting 19th May

Just to confirm that the next meeting of ONBG will be at my place in Bampton on 19th May. I will let everyone know details closer to the time.  I thought one of my hives was about to swarm yesterday … Continue reading

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