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  Topic: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
Barbara

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:33 pm   Subject: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
If it is on the inside of the hive and sealed with beeswax, it should be fine. I have a hive made out of a veneered chipboard corner cabinet intended for indoor use and it has been in use as a hive fo ...
  Topic: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 131

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:26 pm   Subject: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
As you realise the screws will draw heat away from the inside to some extent but not sure it will be a huge issue unless you have lots of them. They may snag on your knife when you are cutting away co ...
  Topic: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 346

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:22 pm   Subject: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
The important thing is to ensure that the body of the hive is bee tight (or more importantly wasp tight, apart from the entrance of course. Any gaps where wasps can sneak in round the back, where ther ...
  Topic: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 346

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:05 pm   Subject: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
Simple answer is no, just like they don't have to be a perfect "bee-tight" fit to the sides.
  Topic: Apiary location (aka where do bees fly?)
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 236

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:57 pm   Subject: Apiary location (aka where do bees fly?)
Hi Josh. Your concerns are I think unfounded. Unless the bees have found a fantastic source of pollen and nectar, you are very unlikely to see a stream of bees travelling in any direction. I have 10 h ...
  Topic: Sac Brood
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 288

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:23 pm   Subject: Sac Brood
What is the brood pattern like? Is there any drone brood?
It sounds like there may be some problem with the queen bearing in mind the time it took to come into lay and they are probably looking to r ...
  Topic: Sac Brood
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 288

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:00 pm   Subject: Sac Brood
So sorry to hear both about your friend not being well and the hard decision you made to destroy the colony. My gut feeling is that these viruses are in the environment anyway and a strong healthy col ...
  Topic: First timer!
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 772

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:36 pm   Subject: First timer!
Sorry to hear you had some comb collapse... it happens and probably a good idea to have rescue bars to hand when you do an inspection. That said, I think you will struggle to reattach them in those te ...
  Topic: First timer!
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 772

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:25 pm   Subject: First timer!
Hi again.

Sadly waxed grooves are not the most reliable form of comb guide and most people use a triangular profile wood guide, rubbed with bees wax under the bars. Even then it is not infallible a ...
  Topic: Odd top bar problem
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 367

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:11 pm   Subject: Odd top bar problem
Hi

Sorry for the delayed reply.
I think you have the following choices.....

1. Cut it out and reattach to rescue bars.... top bars with chicken wire attacked that the combs can be hooked onto. ...
  Topic: New to Beekeeping and Warre Hive
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 611

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:28 pm   Subject: New to Beekeeping and Warre Hive
Hi and welcome

The way I look at feeding is that the difference between a package of bees and a natural swarm is that the bees in a swarm packed a picnic in preparation to leaving the hive to set u ...
  Topic: Not taking syrup
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 825

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 6:11 pm   Subject: Not taking syrup
Sad to hear that you purchased a package of bees to populate your TB hive because it is a trade that, as Natural Beekeepers, we try to discourage because of the unethical way in which they are often p ...
  Topic: Deleted
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 1023

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 1:24 pm   Subject: Deleted
Is there a reason why you are keen for them to build up quickly. That can bring problems of it's own like possibly swarming late in the season. It is still very early in the year for bees to build up ...
  Topic: 20 day old colony in HTBH - Inspection technique advice
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 617

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 1:16 pm   Subject: 20 day old colony in HTBH - Inspection technique advice
Hi Tim

Pleased your young colony are doing well. Taking photos of both sides of each bar would be better still. If you build a comb stand you can just remove the bar, put it on the stand, a quick p ...
  Topic: North East UK swarm list being composed
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 666

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:33 pm   Subject: North East UK swarm list being composed
It is fast approaching swarming season and this glorious weather will almost certainly hasten that.

I am compiling my annual swarm list, so if you are looking for a swarm to populate a hive this s ...
  Topic: Large swarm capture in Florida
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 819

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:49 pm   Subject: Large swarm capture in Florida
That is so interesting. Two swarm seasons!

Do you find that once they swarm the parent colony seems to take a break and rest on it's laurels? Here, my hives will throw up to 4 swarms in May and Ju ...
  Topic: Large swarm capture in Florida
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 819

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:39 pm   Subject: Large swarm capture in Florida
Wow! That is a whopper! So weird to watch your videos when we are still so far off swarming season. It really is amazing how many swarms you get in Florida and the length of the season..... do you in ...
  Topic: Found an active bee tree
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 1673

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:16 pm   Subject: Found an active bee tree
Great news!
  Topic: Found an active bee tree
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 1673

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:30 pm   Subject: Found an active bee tree
Hi.

Hive looks very nice and congrats on finding a feral colony. I'm not sure why you would want to feed them. That just knocks them out of balance with their environment. It artificially stimulate ...
  Topic: Old comb
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 970

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:42 pm   Subject: Old comb
Hi.
3 year old comb is not a real concern in my opinion. I have some well over 10 years and the hive is still surviving treatment free although the cell size is now becoming unsustainably small, so ...
  Topic: Perone Hive - Life Span
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 1197

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:20 pm   Subject: Perone Hive - Life Span
I had never thought about the bees using what might be seen as pests to assist in management of the comb.

Maybe not "using" them but perhaps benefitting from their destructive presence. ...
  Topic: Perone Hive - Life Span
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 1197

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:10 am   Subject: Perone Hive - Life Span
Hi

I have a National hive that has had very little removal of comb for the past 10 years and they are getting to the point of becoming unsustainable. For the past few years they have not swarmed wh ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 2992

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:53 am   Subject: Rescue
Pleased you are able to look at the comb you have and see the difference.

Yes undertakers can be very fussy about how and where they dump a corpse. Some will insist upon flying quite some distance ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 2992

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:29 pm   Subject: Rescue
If the comb is empty then it should be fine. Just make sure you know the difference between brood comb and honey comb or drone comb which has larger cells. Putting honey comb or drone brood comb in th ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 2992

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:58 am   Subject: Rescue
Swarming is the colony's way of reproducing. It is the natural means by which the super organism that is the hive, propagates. Swarms are the way new colonies naturally come into existence. It also me ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 2992

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:44 am   Subject: Rescue
Sounds like you have provided them with a location which has everything they need.
That second brood box will not be needed for another month or so. Hopefully by then, the weather will be warm enoug ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 2992

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:33 am   Subject: Rescue
Absolutely delighted to read that they are alive and actively foraging, despite their lack of stores (since you say the hive was very lightweight). You probably caught them just in time to prevent sta ...
  Topic: Adopted unwanted colony.
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 6334

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:16 pm   Subject: Adopted unwanted colony.
Oh dear! You haven't been having a lot of luck. Do you know why they didn't make it? Have you done a post mortem exam?
I'm so sad that you have had so little success.
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 2992

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:35 pm   Subject: Rescue
All 10 of my hives are flying in the sunshine this afternoon. If you get a chance to check yours, you will hopefully see some activity.
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 2992

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:35 pm   Subject: Rescue
Really pleased to read that it all went very smoothly and to plan. If we get a sunny day when the temperature gets up to 9-10C in the afternoon, keep an eye out for activity. If you are working throug ...
 
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