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The Parsonage Bees
Apiary log. Third year beekeeper, box builder, frame shuffler, honey thief, bee pin-cushion. 2019 - 4 colonies.
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The Parsonage Bees 6h
Replying to @BizzleBugs
Requeen failed. Only treated for 2 weeks as no capped brood left. Queen was drone layer, disappeared and they were trying queen cells again when I shook them out and put a united colony in their place. Not a successful year for queen rearing.
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The Parsonage Bees 6h
Replying to @BeesParsonage
Treatment week 4 - heavy drop colony only, still propolizing up the tablets. Floor trays in.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 18
😀 I'm hoping to avoid responsibility for this erosion of the english language but I think it's already out there.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 18
Replying to @BeesParsonage
Great glimpse of sciencing in progress. White coat, clever machines and everything. I'd have been happy with seeing the little monsters ground to a paste!! (Dusted off Shaun the Sheep)
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 16
Replying to @ladyorsetto
Saw something on a forum. The hive is desperate to produce a queen cell but the queen is only laying drones so they feed a drone egg like a queen. Some doubt whether they emerge or not. Maybe someone was pulling my leg!!
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 16
So apidea splits are splits of already small colonies. ? I understand apideas are tricky to manage. Limited space, limited stores. Not surprised Japanese are able to manage the detail required.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 16
Replying to @BeesParsonage
Colonies 1/, 2/, and 3/ above united on the site of 1/ (which was shaken out, can't find DLQ but did find what could be 'king cells' and chalk brood) with the queen from 2/ which I'm giving 2 weeks to get it together.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 15
I nuced the queen and (maybe greedy) I split double brood box into 5. 1 failed immediately. And I'm looking to unite 3 tomorrow; a drone layer, a queenless hive superseding and a queen that's laying more than 1 egg / cell. Wish me luck! Artificial swarm went ok tho '.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 15
Not been 'impossible' weather. There was always a few days at the right time that they could have successfully mated. But not as perfect? as last year. Local ex-bee inspector suggested we were unlikely to see as good a year as last year for queen rearing. But my success is poor.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 15
Replying to @ladyorsetto
Is that an unusual number of drone laying queens this year? My colonies have as many drones as they want but I need other beeks to have good drones. My queens are all too closely related. My queen rearing *definitely* worse than last year.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 15
Replying to @pollinisation
Yes, a few but most have been pushed out.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 15
Replying to @BeesParsonage
If these guys could sort themselves out a decent queen they've got enough pollen until next July.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 14
Replying to @BeesParsonage
More problems with 2019 queens. Drone layer, eggs laid but not fed (?) and now a late late supercession. Looks like I only have one good one. Not sure what to do. Sleep on it and sort tomorrow.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 13
Replying to @BeekeepersHour
Anything to worry about? Have a friend with a similar colony.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 7
Replying to @BeesParsonage
Summary of 2019 queens from split/nuced queen 1/ Took off fast, brood across 4 frames then quit. Superceded. Colony weak and only a handful of eggs 2/ Queen present but more than one egg/cell. ? 3/ Robbed but recovering. 4/ OK. Boosted with brood. Still small.
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 7
Replying to @BeesParsonage
Emergence (2nd) +3 and a bit weeks - colony settled. A handful of eggs and open brood. Weak. BB + 1/2. Running out of time to get them sorted out. ?
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The Parsonage Bees Sep 7
Replying to @BeesParsonage
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The Parsonage Bees Aug 31
Replying to @BeesParsonage
Emergence +2 and a bit weeks - no brood, capped or uncapped, worker or drone. One more week then test frame.
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The Parsonage Bees Aug 31
Replying to @BizzleBugs
Given they have amazingly acute sense of smell these thymol treatments must be stressful. Have a virgin queen to get mated atm. Concerned whether this confuses her ability to find her home. We'll see.
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The Parsonage Bees Aug 31
Replying to @BeesParsonage
Treatment week 2 - tried to propolize tablet.
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