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lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
Posts: 5059
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 08 9:56 am    Post subject: Swarming season over  Reply with quote    

I'm sure somebody said that on a thread recently---had a big swarm from my best hive yesterday that we'd only checked a few days before for queen cells ----the good news is that we got it and really enjoyed watching the marching up the sheet covered slope into the hive bit----the bad news is that I had to sacrifice most of a young Lord Lambourne apple tree planted 2 years ago to take them---it even had apples on ---still tree from Lidl 4.99 v big swarm no contest.

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7086
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 08 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fantastic that you caught it - I'm sure swarming season isn't over yet - Not up here it isn't anyway - I've got to go in and check my ladies later - hopefully they have started Queen cells in my hive with the problematic laying worker or possibly its a scrub queen that they are trying to supersede

lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
Posts: 5059
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 08 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Swallows have insisted on nesting in the turkey hut---which is lovely but I'm now getting up earlier in the morning to make sure they can get flying early---if they are ungrateful enough to take the virgin queen when she emerges I won't be a happy bunny ----heard of alot of new queens disappearing this year.

IanNW



Joined: 21 Jun 2008
Posts: 75
Location: Flintshire, North Wales/India
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 08 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My plan for next year is to start keeping bees.

Have read a few books, visited the local WBKA, and apiary.

Would of liked to have started this year but due to working away a lot and the wife being pregnant would not be practical.

Still learning the basics which seems mainly common sense stuff.

Need to find a site suitable to keep the Bees and go from there.

lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
Posts: 5059
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 08 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck!---joining your local beekeepers group is the best way to go---most people on here will tell you they are a big help to beginners.

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 41706
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 08 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not over in Exeter either apparently. BBC

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35864
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 08 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Must. Go. And. See. Bees. This. Week.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8404
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 08 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It was me!
Over down here.
I would get some feed in on that one.
They haven't enough time to build up enough stores for winter.
Whatever happened to that old saying 'A swarm in May is worth a load of hay.
A swarm in June aint worth a tune'.


lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
Posts: 5059
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 08 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A swarm in june is worth a silver spoon
Took a small late cast in August last year fed it and it's come through the winter and is now strong and thriving---I suspect your beekeeping calender is very different to mine----they'd be doing well to swarm in may here.

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