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    Not really related but interesting if you like Bees

    Well as the sales section started going weird the other week with snakes for sale and bees well I thought I would add this.

    Ok so I started keeping bees last year. I put my name forward for swarm collection and got my first phone call last week.

    To keep a long story short. The bees were on a table leg outside. We put a blanket under the table, held a box under the table. Lifted the leg and thumped it back down. A large amount of the bees fell straight into the box. Put the lid on the box and put it down on the ground. Very quickly the other bees could smell the queen and started marching into the box. Fascinating. Enjoy.

    As an aside if anybody lives near me and wants to view the inside of a bee hive give me a shout. I am more than happy to display my limited knowledge.

    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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    Think it must be something to do with stalking as i keep bees and knoow of two other stalkers who used to keep them. I only started with a swarm last year but got them through the winter and have managed to split them so i now have two hives on the go.

    Hope you enjoy them as much as i do


    Regards pj

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    It is a bit of a solitary hobby, I am possibly one of the youngest beekeepers in the club. And I'm the wrong age. .
    Really interesting they way they work. Ultimate Borg, work for the good of the hive and as soon as you are no good you are out.
    Fascinating looking at the frames and then you look up and suddenly see lots of bees flying around you. Been so busy concentrating on the frame you don't notice anything else.
    I bought a hive (my second) late last year from someone giving up and got a lot of kit as well. The bees survived until about Feb then dies, plenty of food in the hive but must have been too weak. When I got them they didn't have much stores so I fed them up for the winter but didn't work. Was well annoyed.
    My own lot seem to be healthy and my swarm seem to have taken to their new home.
    Bit worried about the food in the area. Not sure if there is enough. Will have to get my mate why knows oodles more than me to come and inspect them to ensure that all is ok.
    TSS
    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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    When you feed them use cane sugar not beet sugar as beet gives them diahorrea. When you pick the bags of sugar up in the supermarket unless it says cane sugar then avoid. If it has a British tractor symbol it is beet sugar.
    An old bedsheet is better than a blanket when collecting swarms as they are white and lighter and not wool and easier to wash.
    My dad uses a skep for swarm collection.
    Local beekeeping association should have training courses or open days to advise and possibly to borrow equipment.

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    My daughter who lives over at Coventry has a nest of bees in a bedroom chimney thats been blocked off, not unusual you might think, the strange thing is these bees will swarm a bit later on, the old swarm will remain for the rest of the year then die off in the winter, come the next year a swarm will reappear, usually beginning of May and take up residence, this has been going on for at least 10 years to my knowledge, it never happens to her neighbours, just her house, and it is a new swarm each year as it normally lands somewhere in the garden first and then migrates to the chimney, strange or what?

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    The old man kept them for 40 yrs and gave me is old stuff........on.......the........verge.......of getting some......Fascinating round the tea table...............conversation wise that is !

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    Quote Originally Posted by callie View Post
    My daughter who lives over at Coventry has a nest of bees in a bedroom chimney thats been blocked off, not unusual you might think, the strange thing is these bees will swarm a bit later on, the old swarm will remain for the rest of the year then die off in the winter, come the next year a swarm will reappear, usually beginning of May and take up residence, this has been going on for at least 10 years to my knowledge, it never happens to her neighbours, just her house, and it is a new swarm each year as it normally lands somewhere in the garden first and then migrates to the chimney, strange or what?
    They might be Bumble bees which I believe tend to do that sort or thing. I think!!
    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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    It does seem to fascinate people when you talk to them about it. Mind you I once had a Reliant Robin and it was a chick magnet........... I kit you not., Well they had never been in one in their life. Or maybe is was their excuse to get close to me.
    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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    My wife is the bee keeper, she must be the youngest person let alone female in her local association, works out pretty well as she is into gardening as well, she supplies the veg’ and honey and me the meat……..Oh ar

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Callie. If they arrive in a swarm they are deffinatly honey bees. The reason you keep getting bees in the chimney is that there is comb and honey residue in the chimney. Both valuble comidties for bees. When bees swarm they send out scouts to find potential homes and as the chimney has wax and honey already in it its perfect.
    If they are causing problems the only solution may be to finish them of. Get the chimney swept and if it is not used then proof the pot with zinc mesh. This will let the chimney breath stopping damp but stop the bees getting in again.

    Sorry for spelling and spaces on wifes new tablet with touch screen and my fingers arnt used to it yet

    Regards pj

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