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General Q&A, Bee chat and only Bee chat please
 #1161  by Paras
 23 Oct 2018, 12:45
AdamD wrote:
22 Oct 2018, 16:29
I have a couple of 8 frame national hives - made as an experiment, however they are too small and with double or triple brood and supers on top they get too tall; they work well to overwinter nucs in though. The larger frames of Langstroths would work better in 8 frame boxes.
Yes Langstroth frames are bigger and 8 frame brood boxes work great. The double brood gives the colony space to expand in Spring. They have plenty of pollen stores and reserves so very little feeding is required.

I have also tried foundation-less frames and found it amazing and noticed that colony do make more drone cells than normal foundation frames.
 #1256  by Mariasuffolk
 01 Nov 2018, 17:54
I'm Maria from Suffolk, just applied for the introduction to bee keeping course hopefully will get a place and fingers crossed my first Hive in the spring. Not worrying about honey to start but concentrating on a healthy happy hive first.
Apologies for the endless questions in advance :D
 #1265  by NigelP
 02 Nov 2018, 17:34
Mariasuffolk wrote:
01 Nov 2018, 17:54
Not worrying about honey to start but concentrating on a healthy happy hive first.
Welcome thing I can tell you is if you manage to keep good healthy hives, honey will simply be an inconvenient bi-product.
Best advice I can give you is question everything your are told is a "fact", or even better ask for the reasoning behind everything you are told....there is such a lot of bad beekeeping information out there it's a veritable minefield.
 #1267  by AdamD
 03 Nov 2018, 09:16
Welcome. I am a mile over the border into Norfolk near the coast, so may not be far from you; certainly the weather will be broadly similar.
 #1291  by Chris Bowyer
 07 Nov 2018, 16:06
Hi, My Names Chris and i'm a Bee Keeper and Pest Controller in Cheshire. Last year 30th March 2017 I was called to a wasp nest ! This so called wasp nest was in fact Honey Bee scouts entering 3 bay windows in 3 semi detached neighbouring properties. There was a settled swarm nearby that i couldn't locate. I removed and replaced some tiles from the bay window, it was apparent the swarm had not arrived yet. I left the home owners in a bit of a dilema as there was nothing much i could do apart from wait and see what happens. I now know a bait hive would have been the answer, but being ignorant of honey bees and their behaviour it wasn't thought about. The following day 1st April I had dealt with a couple of wasp nests in the morning and was heading over to see if there had been any developments at the Honey bee properties. Half way there i received a phone call. the swarm had arrived and gone into the bay window void of number 29 !! Bingo !! I arrived a short while after the call and with Bee Vac to hand proceeded to removed the bees. I placed them into a paynes poly nuc box that i had borrowed from a friend / commercial local bee keeper. The Nuc was left there until after dark and sealed once all the bees were inside. I sold the swarm to my bee keeper friend and with that money, I bought my 1st hive. I had the bug ! lol It wasn't long before I attended my 1st local association meeting. Being in the profession I am in it seemed obvious to start to advertise my Honey Bee swarm collection services. It wasn't long after that I received my 1st swarm call. Whoopee I then had my 1st very own hive :D I had to invest in a Nuc to collect swarms in which was done quickly. I also had to source and buy several hives, these were all second hand of ebay. After the summer of 2017 I ended up with 8 Hives, 6 were Nationals and 2 were WBC'S. On inspection in the spring of 2018 it became apparent i had lost 2 colonies during the winter. These were loses due to the Queens running out of sperm. This was something at that point that was out of my control as they were from swarms. Knowing now what I could have done to prevent this by splitting them. By buying / building more Nucs & buying in more hives, by splitting the colonies i was left with and splitting further swarms and extractions during the summer. I have now grown my hive count to 21. I have also sold a couple of nuc splits after the regional bee inspector showed great interest in my rapid growth and gave me the all clear on the health of my bees after I invited him to inspect them for me.
 #1303  by Rueberue
 09 Nov 2018, 17:00
Hi, I am Ruth

I started off Bee keeping a few years ago after winning the local garden society grant for a new bee keeper. I live on the edge of the Wye valley overlooking Tintern abbey, close to the south wales border.

Always full of more questions than answers.
 #1305  by Patrick
 09 Nov 2018, 19:00
Welcome Ruth,

Never a shortage of questions when it comes to beekeeping!

Nice part of the world - just been barbel fishing on Wye but somewhat upstream of you. Always a great day out!
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