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Gareth



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Location: Norwich, Norfolk, UK.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:14 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

That is a very nice looking set up there, and it is very similar to the one that I have adopted for our hives....... the two (it will be 3 and 2 nucs next week) we have in the garden, and the 24 Keith and I have scattered about Norwich.  

If I may, I would like to make an observation or two comparing set ups................. and I have absolutely no intention of offending here.

At a guess, my stands are about 6-8 inches/15-20cm higher than yours, so that they are at the height of the middle of my thigh..........and my stands could be at least another 4 inches high to make hive handling even easier.

Like you I have 2 hives per stand, but my stands are a hive's width longer. This is so I can have a hive positioned at either end, but when I am working the hive I also I have enough room in the middle to place supers and boards at a convenient height without having to bend down and place anything on the ground.

I notice you have slats running the length of the stands, none of my stands currently have slats, but I will be installing some this winter, and they will be crossways leaving at least a 2 inch gap between the slats. That is because my stands have been designed to have brood and super frames temporarily, safely and conveniently across them while I work the hive.

On the right hand hive, the reversible Mouse guard/travelling gate can be clearly seen. All of our hives now have these fitted and they are available from Simon The Beekeeper


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Location: North Cornwall

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TBH not a great year for me with the bees - started out really good and allowed the black bees to swarm.  They did and went into a willow tree 20 ft from the hive.  Collected and housed in new hive.  Then another small swarm - did the same.

I have a problem now that there are no queens in both the new hives, so have combined one weak colony with the original - this went okay, and will now a few days later have to do the same with a strong but queenless colony.
I think the problem has been the swallows taking the queen on the mating flight.
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Location: Keighley West Yorkshire

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gareth wrote:

At a guess, my stands are about 6-8 inches/15-20cm higher than yours, so that they are at the height of the middle of my thigh..........and my stands could be at least another 4 inches high to make hive handling even easier.




The stand height is 50cm at the bottom of the hive, this height was set by the size of the wood i had available to me at the time and nothing else. 2 x 100cm planks cut in 2 as simple as that. The slats in the top, this was an old pallet, it had hole for ventilation so I left them on. This was supposed to be a temporary stand until I made a better one but im so impressed i think it should be good enough for a few seasons. No complaints from the bees yet.  

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Borrowed an extractor this weekend, and filled the jars tonight we got 16 jars in total.
This is from the bees we got in May this year, we must be doing something right.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BB that looks wonderful We have just run out of honey we get from a friend so  now have to wait for next season 'have bigger order in this time'  
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First inspection of the new beer yesterday, there doing very well by the looks of things.
There was lots of brood and honey stores.

Pic 1 Building on a new foundation
Pic 2 One of the middle frames
Pic3 Spot the Supersedure cell (old I hope)
Pic 4 The Queen









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Gareth



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just spent all day yesterday, and 5 hours today with Keith and we have opened and treated 36 hives: 24 ours, 4 mine, 4 Keith's and 2 we have inherited for next season and 2 we are doing as a favour to a friend who's daughter is very ill. Earlier this week we checked all 36 hives over for the usual: Queen right, brood in all stages, stores and room, etc. and yesterday we began the treatment for Varroa mite, this year we are using Maqs strips as Keith had great success using these last year and he managed to get 50 strips at a knocked down price because the expiry date on the packs was today; 6th Sept 14.

The Maqs strips are very easy to use, literally all you do is place a queen excluder over the brood box, put the Maqs strips onto the queen excluder over the frames, and then place an empty super and the roof over that, open the entrance to the hive fully, and leave it for a week.

When we remove the used Maqs strips next week, it will be time to start thinking about the winter feeding campaign.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bored today so I liberated a pallet and made a new double hive stand.



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