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Pamela Jane
Posted: May 16 2011, 08:38 PM


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Hi, I've just joined the forum and am new to bee keeping.

My husband has made a HTBH while waiting for delivery of a Warre hive kit which, having finally arrived, we have now just completed. Both hives are now awaiting occupants.

We are lucky to have a bee colony in our chimney, that moved in there about 4 years ago and are hoping we may get a swarm from them. However if they don't swarm we would really like to acquire a swarm/nucleus elsewhere. Any help in this direction would be much appreciated.

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Janco2
Posted: May 18 2011, 02:46 PM


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Hello Pamela Jane,
Hope you manage to obtain a swarm soon.

We have 2 TBH's but only one is occupied. We had hoped to obtain a swarm from our bees but they only just made it through last winter and are still building up numbers.

Jan and Colin
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Vee
Posted: May 22 2011, 05:04 PM


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Welcome Pamela Jane - and I hope you get bees soon - although the weather we've been having has made it rather difficult for them! High winds (which have been so much in evidence) are not a help for a swarm and so far my 3 potential hives have been playing it safe, so fingers crossed.
All the best, V (short for Vini)
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Pamela Jane
Posted: Jun 17 2011, 01:35 PM


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Thanks Jan, Colin and Vini for your reply's

After what seemed a long wait we finally obtained a swarm on Monday evening, walked them up into the Warre hive on Tuesday morning.

There are have been bees coming into the hive with pollen. The person who gave us the swarm gave us an old frame of honey and we did feed them 500gms cane sugar syrup when we hived them. But today has been cold and rainy - not sure whether to feed them again or not?

I am wondering how many other members on here are in West Cornwall?

Pam (& Noel)

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Janco2
Posted: Jun 18 2011, 05:36 PM


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Really pleased to hear you have a swarm Pam and Noel.

We are near Lostwithiel, rather a long way from you. Bees coming in with pollen is a good sign but you may need to feed them again if the poor weather continues. Watch them as much as you can and if you see any sign of a drop in activity then I would feed them. Do let us know how your bees get on.

Our 1 hive has built up quite well now and as soon as we get a good day we intend adding more top bars.

Jan
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Vee
Posted: Jun 23 2011, 06:17 AM


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So glad you've got bees!
The weather has been so foul that I've heard of several people whose bees don't have stores so there has been general advice to keep a keen eye on them to prevent starvation. One of the problems has been a shortage of nectar through the long, dry patch.
Anyway, I've kept my winter fondant on the hives that had it - and was given a huge swarm last weekend which is now chucking syrup down at a terrific rate - but building comb at the same rate!
All the best, Vini
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PamelaD
Posted: Jul 20 2011, 07:34 AM


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Hello, I am Pamela D and I live in Truro.

I would very much like to keep bees, but before attempting to do this, I need to gather information on how to do this properly. I am here to read and learn.
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Janco2
Posted: Jul 24 2011, 10:46 PM


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Just wanted to say hello Pamela D.
Unfortunately all is quiet on this forum this year.
We have recently been given a small nucleus so now have 2 hives.
Currently we have a problem with numerous wasps robbing the nucleus.
We are hoping the weather will improve so the new bees can get out more and build up their colony.
The main Biobees forum is the place to go for information.
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Mellifera Mellifera
Posted: Aug 15 2011, 11:11 PM


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Hi

I live in SE Cornwall and am a conventional beekeeper interested in more natural beekeeping methods.

Namely, natural comb and not using chemicals in the hive; as well as only taking honey that is truly an excess..ie. the bees shouldn't need to be fed from taking their own away.
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Janco2
Posted: Aug 18 2011, 09:04 PM


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Welcome M M,

Top Bar Hives are the way for you to go then or perhaps Warre hives.

We are back to the 1 TBH now having lost our 2nd one to wasps. Fortunately that one is doing well.

We live in Mid Cornwall but there are several others on this site from SE Cornwall.
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Pamela Jane
Posted: Aug 18 2011, 09:43 PM


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Sorry, Jan and Colin to hear you have lost a hive to wasps. They seem to be a problem this year. We have caught quite a lot in wasp traps and are keeping our fingers crossed for our Warre colony.

Pam & Noel
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Janco2
Posted: Aug 20 2011, 12:19 PM


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Thanks Pam and Noel,

Sounds as if your Warre Colony are doing fine. That's good news.
Our main colony are keeping the wasps out fortunately.

We did everything we could think of to help our small nucleus to survive but really there weren't enough bees to fight off wasps. We also killed a large number in wasp traps and I went down every day and spent a lot of time killing the wasps as they were trying to get in the hive. Very sad but just one of those things I suppose.

We didn't see any wasps around our one hive the whole of last season.

Jan (and Colin)
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Paul
Posted: Aug 22 2011, 08:55 AM


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Jan & Colin,

Sorry to hear that you've lost a colony to wasps.

I guess once they start invading there isn't a lot that can be done.
However having said that, I was unaware that the problem could get so severe that a small colony could be lost.
I have two hives in my back garden (small and large) and so far this year
I have hardly seen any wasps, but now I'll be even more vigilant
(especially since I removed some honey from my large hive yesterday).

Have you any idea why so many were attracted to your hives, for example, are your hives situated in an orchard?

Welcome MM, I live in Saltash and you are more than welcome to pop around and have a look at the TBH set up.



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Janco2
Posted: Aug 23 2011, 06:54 PM


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Hi Paul,

Yes, our hives are both in an orchard. For some reason we have had a lot more wasps around this year both in the orchard and all around. We had to destroy a wasps nest very close to our house earlier this year as they were too close for comfort and we have our grandchildren around quite a lot.

We will be more vigilant in future. There were literally many hundreds of wasps around the hives and the bees in the smaller hive were just letting them get in whereas in our main hive the bees were staying at the entrances and fighting the wasps off.

We have now placed a 'waspinator' near both hives which is meant to imitate a wasps' nest and thus keep them away. There are very few wasps around there now but that may be because we have cleaned out the redundant hive. We are keeping a close watch on our remaining hive.

It is a great pity that we have not managed to get together this year. We really enjoyed the meetings we had last year.

Sounds as if your two hives are doing well. That's good news. Perhaps next year we will manage to obtain another swarm or nucleus. We are just thankful that we still have the one hive.

Best wishes,

Jan and Colin
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Vee
Posted: Aug 29 2011, 08:19 AM


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Hello Everyone suffering from wasps,

Others are also having problems this year which may link to the weather conditions that has allowed an amazing fruit harvest.

Despite waspinators I've seen wasps cruising round my 5 hives and have accidentally come up with a way of distracting them - I feed blackbirds (and some others) raisins / sultanas /currants which the wasps love and since they don't have to fight for them they concentrate on them instead of the hives. I also park a discreet trap nearby baited with 50/50 honey and water, allowed to stand for 24 hours to start fermenting. The bees won't touch this.

Apparently worker wasps are fed sweet stuff by their larvae in return to the meat they bring in during nest expansion but at this time of the year the job is over so the hunt for sweet food is on.

If rats are a consideration, a net container of raisins hung from a tree might help keep the furry lot at bay.

All the best, Vee
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