Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bees on the Move

The TBH is back home with the transfered colony from the national. They had their 5 day ‘holiday’ 5 miles away and we picked them up at sunset, having screwed the followers in place to help prevent the bars slipping … Continue reading

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Which colony should I keep?

I am giving a swarm to friends from another area as a part thank-you for something they did for me. I have the option of 2 swarms I could pass on, each of which will have been on 2 Warré … Continue reading

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National under wraps

National under wraps

All dressed up and ready to go – bees on the move the other night

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first catch your bees – plan B

having had my first swarm disappear in a reswarm I was (foolishly) beginning to think I might have got the hang of this. A far more unnerving challenge was about to present itself – a colony in a chimney which … Continue reading

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TBH design: feedback and ideas please?

TBH’s have evolved a lot since I got my first one 2 years ago. I am getting a custom one made and I am trying to have as many features as I can think of incorporated to make it better … Continue reading

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Transport issues

I have been given a swarm from the neighbours – the bees decided to go and live in an old redundant National next to their stables where they just aren’t wanted. We duly took the national 5 miles away and … Continue reading

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Excessive queen cups

Opened a TBH today, checking for signs of swarming like queen cells. There were 10 bars of brood, getting on for 18 bars of bees in all – a big colony. Found about 30 small queen cups (about the length … Continue reading

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