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georgie
Type of hive?

Hi all

I am new to beekeeping and so glad I found this site! I went to an evening course march this year so I know a little but I am currently deciding which hive type to get and would really appreciate some advice.

I have been looking at a Cedar National hive from irishbeehives.com in Kerry. Has anybody dealt with this company before?

I live in Dublin and I think the National would be the best for me regards lighter weight etc.. but I want to make sure I choose the most appropriate one for my local area so far as what most beekeepers use around here. I will be joining the beekeepers association as soon as the next meeting takes place.

There is an option of a bigger brood box thats 14 by 12 but I was wondering will this cause problems with getting a nucleus if it has a standard sized brood box? Maybe I should stick to the standard size for the moment?

Any advice would be very welcome!

KevinK
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hi georgie, welcome to the

hi georgie, welcome to the site!

ive only just begun beekeeping myself, but from what i can gather, and from the beekeepers that i know, all but one use national hives. The bigger hives are generally used by commercial beekeepers.

depending where you live, there can be difficulty getting your hands on a nuc and they are also more expensive.

you can also ask the association that your looking to join what hives they use because most associations supply there members with nuc's

i havent used the irishbeehive site so i couldnt advise you to what thy are like. i used thornes in the uk to get started because they had a very good offer in their "bees on a budget" range but im gonna start using this one because 1, its an irish website, 2, he is one of the cheapest ive found and 3, he actually travels around to associations and shows (he was at the fota honey show in cork only a few weeks ago and i got chatting to him, nice guy by the way lol)

anyway, i hope that helps ya!

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georgie
Hi KevinK Thanks very much

Hi KevinK

Thanks very much for the welcome and the advice.

Definitely want to support Irish companys too. I will have a look at the links, thanks for that.

KevinK
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no problem georgie, delighted

no problem georgie, delighted to help!

you may want to check out this book, ive read it and keep going back to it for reference

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guide-Bees-Honey-Selling-Beekeeping/dp/190484651...

your association will more than likely have it to buy

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georgie
I was able to get that book

I was able to get that book when I took the beginners course. It is a great book and well worth investing in...

Thanks

neilapms
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Hi all. My name is Neil and

Hi all. My name is Neil and live in Co. Wicklow. I have 4 hives. I used Irishbeehives .com and bee supplies and found them both good. My brother is a joiner and We are going to start making Irish hives this year for our own Irish bees and for sale or if anyone who has bees for sale we could do a swap Bees for hives so to speak.

KevinK
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hey neilapms, welcome to the

hey neilapms, welcome to the site!

how much would you charge for hives and what type of hives will you be making?

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neilapms
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Hi . KevinK.

Hi . KevinK.
Thanks for the welcome. We plan to make National and commercial and stands in red deal and ceder if we can get it. Cost wise. We are doing the costing at the moment but will have to start around €135. I will give a update when I know more.
Thanks
Neil

KevinK
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nice one neil! thanks for the

nice one neil! thanks for the info! :)

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neilapms
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Hi. Just to add we will be

Hi. Just to add we will be making hive stands as well
Thanks

neilapms
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Hi All. Has any one got the

Hi All. Has any one got the book or know where I can get it.
Beekeeping Study Notes: Microscopy Certificate.
Thanks

KevinK
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try these
roscommon jack
Hi Folks, I'M A NEWBY HERE

Hi Folks,

I'M A NEWBY HERE AND THIS IS MY FIRST POST, AND I HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP ME!
I OPENED ONE OF MY HIVES IN MID OCTOBER AND THERE WERE ABOUT HALF A DOZEN QUEEN CELLS IN IT.HAS ANYONE EVER HEARD OF THIS AND WHAT SHOULD I DO?.

JACK

KevinK
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hey roscommon jack...welcome

hey roscommon jack...welcome to the site!

are you sure they were queen cells cause usually a hive will swarm in either august or september. the bees are to busy in october getting ready for winter.

they will however make queen cups, ive seen a good few in the last couple of weeks myself. could you possibly take a few pics on put them up. in the mean time, take a look below to see which one matches the ones in your hives.

queen cup - http://farm1.static.flickr.com/46/146976929_3da00263f1.jpg

queen cell - http://www.surreybeekeeper.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/queen-cell.jpg

if they are queen cups, then you've nothing to worry about, just knock them down however, if they are queen cells, then you need to take immediate action because if you’ve seen them in mid October, then they could be sealed by now and if so, then your hive has swarmed and with up to half of your bees gone, not to mention the honey they have taken, then your hive is in danger of not making it through winter.

anyway, let us know how you get on

kev

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georgie
I was asked by someone if it

I was asked by someone if it is ok to change over a floor at this time of year?

They have National hives and recently got new mesh floors.

My first thought would be not to open hives etc. at this time of year but just wanted to check with you guys first. If we got a good warm day would it be ok?

Thanks

roscommon jack
Hi kev, thanks for your

Hi kev, thanks for your reply,to answer your question they were definatly queen cells and they were sealed,but i've been told that bees will not swarm this time of as they will not survive. but there you go ??

ps. would it be ok to check this weekend if we got a warm hour or two.

thanks jack

KevinK
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@georgie - i couldnt see why

@georgie - i couldnt see why not if the temperature is about 15 degrees, but I would do it as fast as possible.

KevinK
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@roscommon jack - now that

@roscommon jack - now that you mention it, I have heard of times when an old queen will live with her daughter (the future queen) for a short time in the same hive. Im not sure if this would be over winter but thinking about it, it makes sense. The bees were obviously not happy with the current queen so went away and raised another one but wont kill the old queen as the new one isn’t mated yet. Come spring when the weather starts to improve and the new queen goes out and gets mated, they will kill the old queen by possibly “balling” her

and ya, if the weather is good this weekend, head out for a look. i mite just do the same myself :)

georgie
Thanks Kevink

Thanks Kevink

georgie
The hive arrived yesterday

The hive arrived yesterday and I was wondering should I assemble all the frames and store the foundation until I get the bees or can I make up all the frames with the foundation in them now?

Thanks

KevinK
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Id wait till you actually

Id wait till you actually need them, I made up a few to many frames this year and found that some of them are slightly damaged with small holes been made in the foundation.

Kevin

georgie
Thanks Kevink Took your adice

Thanks Kevink

Took your adice and assembled all the frames but left out the foundation for now.

Is there any best way to store foundation? I was going to put it in a plastic box or something in case of wax moths. In the house rather than the garage or is it better to keep it in a garage or shed so it will be cooler?

KevinK
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No problem georgie! Leave it

No problem georgie!

Leave it in the plastic bag it came in, that way no wax mouth will get at them and if you want to put it in the a plastic box, all the better, it will be perfectly safe:-)