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Archive for March, 2010

I’ve got two incubators on the go now with Buff Orpington and Toulouse eggs so watch this space, hopefully have some news in about 3 weeks!

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Bee check

I checked the bees on Thursday and was pleasantly suprised, they’ve still got good stores, spotted the queen, and some brood though she didn’t seem to have much room for laying so I’ve put a super on as I want to feed them some 1:1 syrup as I need to give them a vitagold feed treatment. The bees have been coming in with pollen so that’s a good sign. Hopefully I’ve done the right things as it’s a lot of guess work for a newbie.

The other hives are all oiled now and nicely weathered, I’ve just got to start putting some frames together for the nationals and get the lift built for the Warre………………………any offers????

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Billy’s leg is finally back to normal, it just took time but she’s running around with all the others (though she thinks she’s a goose as she keeps trying to get the gander to tread her)!

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Still trying to get Billys leg to heal, after cutting it somehow its been very swollen and she’s very lame. She’s been on antibiotics and I’ve been cleaning it daily and twice its scabbed over and the swellings gone down and I’ve let her out with the others (they spend all day on our pools) and both times it’s swollen back up again with 3 days.

She’s now been on her second coarse of antibiotics and isolated for a week with regular applications of a poltice on her leg, the poltice hasn’t drawn anything out as yet and it’s still very swollen but not as bad as it was. Any help or suggestions would be gratefully received!!

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Finally finished oiling and waxing the Warre hive yesterday so it’s out into the apiary today, hopefully into its final position, to weather up before the swarm arrives, very exciting to see it in situ, just need to get the lift built now as there’s no way I’m going to manage to lift any of it up when nadiring!

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