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lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 08 9:55 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
lottie wrote:
p.s.The safe time between checking in the summer to avoid swarms is
a maximum of 10 days according to most of the experts---unless you have a very big colony in a langstroth and you manage to miss a queen cell inspite of checking weekly


Did you manage to catch them?

Yes they are pulling out foundation like MAD---it was my best hive that I wanted to split anyway---so they've done it for me We took a swarm yesterday that a neighbour came and told me were my bees--they weren't----too dark---anyway I'll treat them feed them and see.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 08 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This link will calm your nerves Cab.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7482609.stm

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 08 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, I've just e-mailed my local bee keepers association. Sensible plan seems to be go to a few meetings, get advice and training then aim for a hive next spring

lottie



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 08 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's the best way---happy future beekeeping

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 08 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well done Jonnyboy! As Lottie said- happy beekeeping!!

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 08 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks both! I will get the wife to attend as well.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 08 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
Thanks both! I will get the wife to attend as well.


we both went on our course. It helped; what one forgot the other had probably picked up. It was nice to start a hobby together from scratch

lottie



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 08 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
Thanks both! I will get the wife to attend as well.

I only went with my husband on a course some years ago to keep him company on a saturday on the understanding I never had to handle the bees he'd do it all as I was terrified---it was so interesting I got completely hooked instead and it's a great shared interest----although "discussions" on hive management or the best way to take a swarm can be enlivening

hamster



Joined: 24 Apr 2007
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Location: Wokingham (Berks.), UK
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 08 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've been thinking about bees too. I don't have anywhere to put them at the moment, but I'm going to go along to the local Beekeepers' Association and try and learn more about it in preparation.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 08 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hamster wrote:
I've been thinking about bees too. I don't have anywhere to put them at the moment, but I'm going to go along to the local Beekeepers' Association and try and learn more about it in preparation.


often in our assoc newsletter there will be an advert for someone who's willing to have a hive in their garden but who aren't beekeepers themselves. So somewhere may come up

Jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 08 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was going to go to the apiary this afternoon, but there doesn't seem like much sense in this weather

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 08 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Got a great reply. Details of one day beginners courses that are going on next week,some recommended reading and an invite to a experienced members house near me to see his heather apiary.

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7086
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 08 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That sounds fantastic Jonnyboy - Hope you enjoy yourself as much as I did - although it tends to lead you to some strange places - I'm sitting my BBKA Basic Beekeepers exam tomorrow and I'm carping myself - Trying to remember everything is seriously scary

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 08 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck Jo. I'm sure you'll do well - you sounded very authoritative at the skills share weekend.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 08 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The big day has arrived. I'm off to meet the local association at 2.30pm and hopefully see some hives in action.

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