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General Q&A, Bee chat and only Bee chat please
 #3263  by Jim Norfolk
 25 May 2019, 18:32
You can only alternate the direction of the boxes in symetrical square hives like the National. It won't work with a WBC nor a Langstroth and I am sure there will be others.
 #3264  by AdamD
 25 May 2019, 18:59
Steve (The Drone) wrote:
29 Apr 2019, 02:43
Time for a new myth. Local honey cures local hay fever. I for one certainly foster this story- lots of happy customers. But is it the placebo effect?
I do have customers who says that the (local) honey works. My assumption is that small amounts of pollen in the honey allow the body to get used to it. However my hayfever is from grass pollen, so my honey would be of no use.

One issue is that people think that taking a spoonful will give an instant relief like a drug, however the honey would need to be taken over a long time in order ti build up an immunity to the pollens in it.
 #3266  by Chrisbarlow
 25 May 2019, 21:06
Jim Norfolk wrote:
25 May 2019, 18:32
You can only alternate the direction of the boxes in symetrical square hives like the National. It won't work with a WBC nor a Langstroth and I am sure there will be others.
Your right Jim but the question still stands for national, why not kris's cross?
 #3270  by Chrisbarlow
 26 May 2019, 17:36
Steve, I tend to find they're as easy to crack open and twist round regardless of orientation.
 #4227  by Japey Edge
 22 Jul 2019, 22:02
I've been digging through this thread trying to find out if anyone posted about queen cell location on frame, regardless of total quantity of queen cells, determining whether it's swarm or supersedure.
Fact or myth?
 #4229  by Patrick
 22 Jul 2019, 23:14
It is beekeepers and only beekeepers who infer the potential consequences of their construction and put a figurative label on them. I think the hopeful inference of supercedure going on has probably cost most of us a few avoidable swarms at some point.

I think the location of cells gig is as often misleading as it is helpful. I suspect many beekeepers lose the old queen in a swarm with many workers and the many thousand newly emerged bees persuades them there has just been a Supercedure.

You can also induce a supercedure with a protected cell introduced anywhere. I go for myth.

Unless you clip your old queens, I suggest any cell is considered a potential swarm cell in the period April to July. If you clip queens and always reduce to a single cell, the outcome should be the same, just by a slightly different process.
 #4239  by Alfred
 23 Jul 2019, 21:56
The old comb debate again,I'm replacing old comb that my bees are refusing to even walk on.
However I think back to last week I was doing a cut out from a barn conversion-two big healthy colonies with 2 foot long combs that obviously been there for years
No one would have replaced those.