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Old 09-06-2019, 06:32 PM   #1
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My 2.5 year old son is starting to get involved lol
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Cool stuff. What are you actually checking for in the video?

Do the bees swarm in that quantity normally when the hives are closed/undisturbed?
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Cool stuff. What are you actually checking for in the video?

Do the bees swarm in that quantity normally when the hives are closed/undisturbed?
She is checking for brood,eggs ,the queen.its end of rape flower now so will be looking at taking that honey as rape flower makes honey chrystalise and will make any new honey chrystalise as well.they can get a bit agitated obviously but soon calm down with the smoker and when it all shut up again.he gets stung everytime but hes fearless and was eating comb through his veil.an icepop normally cures him.
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I got my first colony a few weeks ago. As a hobby it’s truly addictive. My kids are a little older than yours (6 and 8) but they’re just as enthusiastic.

My main colony has 3 supers on at the moment, so hopefully there’ll be a decent crop of honey, but as it was such a strong colony I’ve been able to put three frames into a nuc box to create a subsidiary colony.
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It all sounds really interesting and something I have thought about, I'm very conscious of preserving the honey Bees, cleverer people than me tell me we're over without them and they are currently in decline

My wife isn't so keen on swarms of Bees in the garden I'll keep on plugging away
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It all sounds really interesting and something I have thought about, I'm very conscious of preserving the honey Bees, cleverer people than me tell me we're over without them and they are currently in decline

My wife isn't so keen on swarms of Bees in the garden I'll keep on plugging away
We have 3 hives in the garden and my son plays in it all the time never really any bother at all they just get on with their job.
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I got my first colony a few weeks ago. As a hobby itís truly addictive. My kids are a little older than yours (6 and 8) but theyíre just as enthusiastic.

My main colony has 3 supers on at the moment, so hopefully thereíll be a decent crop of honey, but as it was such a strong colony Iíve been able to put three frames into a nuc box to create a subsidiary colony.
My missus did a split a couple of weeks ago and we have another nuc of bees coming on Thursday morning weather permitting.
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It all sounds really interesting and something I have thought about, I'm very conscious of preserving the honey Bees, cleverer people than me tell me we're over without them and they are currently in decline

My wife isn't so keen on swarms of Bees in the garden I'll keep on plugging away
Colonies can be managed to reduce, but not eliminate, the chances of swarming. If they do swarm and you can catch them then youíve got another colony to put into a spare hive or nuc box.

If youíre interested in taking it up then most beekeeping clubs hold apiary visits or taster days.
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