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3rd October 2018 at 12:04pm

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

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Chris, you need to use the new forum bbkaforum.co.uk

 

(And I am surprised that it is till running)!

Last edited at 12:04pm on the 3rd October by AdamDarling

5th August 2018 at 10:09am

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

5736 posts

Please be advised that the new BBKA Forum is up and running at https://www.bbkaforum.co.uk/

There are only a few categories shown until you register; there are a lot more once you do and registering is easy.

From a moderator on this forum and now a moderator on the new one, I hope to see you there.

Adam.

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

5736 posts

Steve,

There are only a few categories shown until you register. After that  there are 22 categories in the new forum compared to 20 in this one. Once registered, you can click on your name in green, then you are in the User Control Panel. Then click on 'Profile' and you can add your own avatar. (Yes, I am not too keen on the little pre-supplied pictures either).

Once you register and get in, the administrators are keen to hear of any suggestions to improve the forum. Hope to see you there!

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

5736 posts

Sam, thanks for your reply...

If you haven't done so, please register with the new and fluffy BBKA forum here, I don't know how long this (old) forum will continue for:-  https://www.bbkaforum.co.uk/
18th July 2018 at 10:46am

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

5736 posts

Amazingly people are finding a 'hidden' forum which would indicate that there is some demand. (From a select few of course!). I do recall, Eric, that the forum was the 'Eric and Adam show' for a while! 

Eric, you rightly comment on the assumed wish of the BBKA to kill of the fourm with little notice. The GDPR regulations may have had some bearing on this although as a moderator I have never had any more information than any other BBKA members so I am in the dark as much as anyone else about the decision-making process.

I too have heard of heavy moderation of Facebook with posts being removed.   (And as a seperate point, the new website seems to be more about 'investor relations' and getting donations rather than supporting beekeepers).

There are moves to create a new forum - so if or when it happens - and if the software is OK, there will be an alternative to whatever else is out there.
18th July 2018 at 10:33am

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

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Looking at the photos my first thought was a poorly mated queen with lots of drone brood which is being removed by the workers. Some of the empty cells look large enough to be drone. The supercedure that's going on would indicate a poor queen and the bees are altready attempting to remidy the situation themselves. You may see some neglected drone brood - before it is hoiked out by the workers?

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

5736 posts

Samantha, apologies for the delay - I have been away.

With luck you will have some new honey for next year before you need to jar up into the little jars (I have some to do this week for someone).

There is a good chance that honey that's put into jars now (of any size) will have set by 2019 so you have two options

1) Put into little jars now and then heat them next year to clear the honey.

2) Keep the honey in any suitable container you have now and then warm through next year before decanting into the small jars.This would be my choice especially if you can harvest some honey in May/June 2019.

 Honey should keep in the freezer without setting. (I have never done it myself).

I warm set honey inside a cabinet I made from an old fridge with a heater in it (slow cooker) and a thermostat which makes life easy. If you have jars or containers of set honey, you need to be looking at something that can sustain a temperature of 45 - 50 degrees for a number of hours.

Last edited at 1:14pm on the 12th July by AdamDarling

12th July 2018 at 1:04pm

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

5736 posts

I too don't like Facebook. Has anyone read George Orwells 1984 ?
Topic: Eggs.
6th June 2018 at 9:00am

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

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An interesting paper Diane - over 100 years old!

I have heard it said that the egg 'lies down' over time so it is possible to determine how old the egg is; others have said that this is not a reliable method of determining the age. Having, just yesterday, looked at some eggs in a cupkit to see whether they had developed into small larvae, I recall that the eggs were at random angles, so gravity does not appear to play a major part otherwise the eggs would have been vertical as they 'keeled over' from horizontal.
20th May 2018 at 7:24pm

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

5736 posts

Martyn,

The winter and poor spring was difficult for bees and I found that colonies - particularly nucs - were smaller than I would expect in other years. As an example, one nuc had a patch of brood about 4" across on one frame - so it only just got through winter. In March I inspected a few colonies - when it was too cold to do so - and found they had no pollen - so brooding had stopped.

I have had lots of enquiries from beekeepers who lost their colonies over this past winter. I suspect that recorded winter losses will be high so as The Drone says, you should not beat yourself up about your losses.

Last year I was asked to go to a colony with very few bees and a queen. I picked out the queen and popped her in a colony that was able to support brood and she laid all season; indicating that the few bees she was with were just not able to rear brood with her.... 

I suspect your few hundred bees is not enough to keep the brood warm for any queen that you think is OK. Combining colonies with one queen is usually an option, although a laying worker colony should not be combined.

Putting weak colonies into a small nuc is also an option as the bees then have a small space to heat and can have a chance of rearing brood. However you have a few old bees remaining and I am not sure whether it's worth continuing on with them. We are well into May - if your two colonies are close together you could move them until they are a few feet apart and then combine them with the best queen you think you have and put them in a small nuc if you have one and see what happens. There is little to lose.

Note Spring dwindle can happen due to nosema. One type leaves little tell-tale signs. The other results in dysentry which you might see on the frames or outside of the hive(s).