[2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given [2018-02-23 10:25:16] (ERROR @ /var/www/vhosts/hrbka.org.uk/httpdocs/core/components/discuss/hooks/board/post/getlist.php : 153) PHP warning: substr() expects parameter 3 to be long, string given Beginners Forum - HRBKA Forums http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/board/?board=4 <![CDATA[Chat - class of 2014 - especially Neil's group - anyone there?]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/27/chat---class-of-2014---especially-neil-s-group---anyone-there#dis-post-74 My bees settled down ok on the allotment in their screened off area (used scaffold netting, cheap, easy and effective) but there have been some issues with neighbour who dislikes insects including bees. This now being resolved I'm looking forward to next year.

The main decisions taken so far:
- borrowed an extractor and took off 3 super frames just to eat some honey. It tasted similar to barley sugar and I think was at least partly a product of syrup! Good fun though.
- treated with MAQS in August.
- fed in Sept / early Oct.
- left both the super and Q excluder on as suggest by the Bee Inspector who visited the course.

The main worries are:
- that they have enough to eat over winter. The hive seemed heavy when I stopped feeding in October but is much less heavy now. So planning to give them fondant from Christmas on.
- whether treating with oxalic is worth the disturbance needed as will have to take off the super and the Q excluder. They say that resistance to MAQS is not expected so could treat with that again later instead ...

Hope to hear from you,
All the best, Jen

http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/27/chat---class-of-2014---especially-neil-s-group---anyone-there#dis-post-74 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:18:47 +0000 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/27/chat---class-of-2014---especially-neil-s-group---anyone-there#dis-post-74
<![CDATA[Supercedure?]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/24/supercedure#dis-post-71 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/24/supercedure#dis-post-71 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:05:59 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/24/supercedure#dis-post-71 <![CDATA[Queenless Hive - advice please]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/22/queenless-hive---advice-please#dis-post-68
I believe I had a hive swarm with out me knowing. There were eggs and brood in all developmental stages. At that time I thought that the queen was there so I removed all queen cells. 7 days later I returned to find more queen cells (swarm and emergency) and no eggs - hence why I believe they swarmed.

So I left 1 good swarm queen cell and left for 2 weeks. I have now today opened them up to find that the queen cell has ripened and a hole has been cut. However there are no eggs in the brood chamber only honey and nectar some capped some uncapped. I also think that there is a lot more of the brood box being used for honey and nectar storage than before.

However the middle three frames have empty polished cells and there are no queen cells at all anywhere.

There is no capped brood at all now so as far as I can see basically I am on a timer - i.e a queen is needed to start to lay before all the workers die otherwise it is game over.

So can I have some advice on what to do? From this decription am I safe to assume there is a queen but she is new and a virgin and wait it out and hope she mates or or do I need to obtain a new mated queen fast?

Kind regards,

http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/22/queenless-hive---advice-please#dis-post-68 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:59:20 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/22/queenless-hive---advice-please#dis-post-68
<![CDATA[Expanding the brood]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/15/expanding-the-brood#dis-post-67 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/15/expanding-the-brood#dis-post-67 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 01:07:16 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/15/expanding-the-brood#dis-post-67 <![CDATA[Bailey comb change]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/12/bailey-comb-change#dis-post-59 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/12/bailey-comb-change#dis-post-59 Sun, 18 May 2014 06:43:34 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/12/bailey-comb-change#dis-post-59 <![CDATA[new swarm hived]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/20/new-swarm-hived#dis-post-58 Also just to add the bees appear agitated and appear to be "looking" for ther queen.]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/20/new-swarm-hived#dis-post-58 Sun, 18 May 2014 11:23:58 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/20/new-swarm-hived#dis-post-58 <![CDATA[Sealed queen cell discovered]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/13/sealed-queen-cell-discovered#dis-post-52
I opened my hive for its weekly inspection and found 3 sealed queen cells in there.

I could not find the original marked queen but could see brood at all stages of development from egg to actual hatching 'baby' bees, so I am confident the queen was in there.

So following the literature I have removed all queen cells and will wait for a week to see if any new ones develop. If they do I will try to find the queen and perform a nucleus artificial swarm.

I have also give the bees more space to try and reduce crowding and offset the queen making instinct.

I just wanted to know if there was anything wrong with what I have done or anything else I could do at this stage?


http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/13/sealed-queen-cell-discovered#dis-post-52 Thu, 08 May 2014 12:27:51 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/13/sealed-queen-cell-discovered#dis-post-52
<![CDATA[Record keeping]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/16/record-keeping#dis-post-51
This year I've bought a mini whiteboard from WHSmith - it's a bit bigger than an A4 sheet of paper and came with a dry-wipe pen (featuring a magnetic lid, so that helps to keep the pen from rolling off!) and two magnets which may or may not come handy some time. I'm scrawling notes on the whiteboard as I go for later transfer. So far I'm finding it much easier than either the notebook or the A4 paper.

What do you use?]]>
http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/16/record-keeping#dis-post-51 Thu, 08 May 2014 07:14:48 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/16/record-keeping#dis-post-51
<![CDATA[Angry bees started following]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/14/angry-bees-started-following#dis-post-45
When I got them my bees were placid and easy to handle and docile. Now after the winter they are pretty angry when you open up the hive. They now bomb me and on occasion start to cluster on me and sometimes go into a sting frenzy.

Now each time I do an inspection, I get a group a 10 or so which follow me for ages and wont give up. They dont sting but I dont want to take my suit off to find out what would happen if I did. They have even taken to hanging around after I have been in the house for ages to harass me when I go back out.

They queen is the original queen (2013 mating - still red marked) (also bad behavior precedes the current queen cup/swarming issue)
I don't open them up on stormy days
I am as careful as I can be so not to kill/crush any bees (though I usually manage a couple of times)
I have washed my gloves/suit to remove pheromones.

I just wondered what I am doing wrong and what solutions there may be?

I have children who play in the garden - the bees are usually fine but I can have them being so agressive.

I am thinking either I will have to move them elsewhere or I will need to re-queen.


http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/14/angry-bees-started-following#dis-post-45 Tue, 06 May 2014 10:18:36 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/14/angry-bees-started-following#dis-post-45
<![CDATA[Super or extra brood space or nothing?]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/9/super-or-extra-brood-space-or-nothing#dis-post-31
I only started keeping bees last year.

I have just opened up my over-wintered hive to inspect for the first time. I found that the brood box was essentially full of bees already, combs full of honey, the queen was observed and seems to be laying with abandon with plenty of larvae in all stages of development and drone cells already being constructed. Not what I expected at all from an over wintered hive.

I am worried that at this rate it wont be long before the concentration of bees stimulates swarming, so I need to give them room.

So, my question is whether it is ok to super the hive with a QE so early in the season or should I give them a super as an extra 1/2 brood/

All advice appreciated,

http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/9/super-or-extra-brood-space-or-nothing#dis-post-31 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:58:34 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/9/super-or-extra-brood-space-or-nothing#dis-post-31
<![CDATA[undrawn foundation]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/11/undrawn-foundation#dis-post-29 got my bees last year and have just put a super on as the brood box had loads of bees (8 frames) and lots of OSR pollen coming in. the thing is, I only have undrawn foundation on the supers, and on checking through the crown board (Clear one), they are not at all interested in the supers. am I just being impatient or do I need to do anything to tempt them into the supers, I don't want them to think they don't have any room and want to swarm
Sorry if this is a silly question,]]>
http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/11/undrawn-foundation#dis-post-29 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:03:53 +0100 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/11/undrawn-foundation#dis-post-29
<![CDATA[Welcome to all our beginner beekeepers]]> http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/5/welcome-to-all-our-beginner-beekeepers#dis-post-6 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/5/welcome-to-all-our-beginner-beekeepers#dis-post-6 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:48:05 +0000 http://hrbka.org.uk/forums/thread/5/welcome-to-all-our-beginner-beekeepers#dis-post-6