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  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 256

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:49 am   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
That is an excellent post by Adam and I would second what he says about treating for varroa. None of your colonies should need any treatment this year. The swarms because they usually leave the hive w ...
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 256

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:54 pm   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
I'm in exactly the same position as you Dave. I still have a few trays of Thymol gel which are probably well and truly out of date by now.
I did a shook swarm on a hive that was showing a problem wi ...
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 256

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:28 am   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
As I said, I'm not trying to deter you from treating your bees if they need it or trying this particulalr treatment.... I have used synthesized chemicals in the past, so it is not for me to criticise, ...
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 256

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:35 pm   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
I have not read anything about it and perhaps it is another useful method for dealing with varroa.

I think you have to be careful about what you consider "natural" though. Most chemicals ...
  Topic: Queen destruction
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 256

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:25 am   Subject: Queen destruction
Thanks for clarifying that Bill. I had my suspicions that might be what you were hinting at.
I feel quite strongly that people should not take the easy option out of a responsibility, to the detrime ...
  Topic: Queen destruction
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 256

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:53 pm   Subject: Queen destruction
Excellent post Bill!

The only bit I struggled to understand was taking the bag of bees for a long drive. I really can't see how this is "natural" or even, not cruel, as I very much doubt ...
  Topic: How to help a new colony in mid July
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 132

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:59 pm   Subject: How to help a new colony in mid July
Hi Jim

Is this a swarm that you are starting with or a nucleus colony?
If it is a swarm and you didn't have any comb to give them a good start then feeding them light syrup 1:1 sugar to water will ...
  Topic: Queen destruction
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 256

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:48 pm   Subject: Queen destruction
Hi Jane

It is a difficult situation and I'll answer your second question first.
You are right that you have no real way of knowing which will make the strongest queen from the queen cells in the h ...
  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
Barbara

Replies: 15
Views: 3434

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:35 pm   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
I just wanted to say that Mike's suggestion of leaving them alone when they were clearly becoming overrun with varroa is not a good policy in my opinion and his logic regarding feral colonies survivin ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from an hTBH
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 165

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:13 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from an hTBH
Hi

There are so many variables with harvesting that it is difficult to give hard and fast rules.
If you can give some specifics about your hive.....
How old?
Started from?... a swarm... prime or ...
  Topic: Black Comb
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 195

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:05 pm   Subject: Black Comb
Hi

Pretty much the same length of time as it takes comb in a framed hive to darken.
There are many advantages to old dark comb though.....
It is significantly more impregnated with propolis than ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 349

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:39 pm   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Yes a strong early swarm can build up quickly and swarm again within 8-10 weeks, if conditions are good, especially if they were given some old brood comb to get them started. I put a swarm into a War ...
  Topic: Dying young bes in front of hive
Barbara

Replies: 12
Views: 596

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:03 pm   Subject: Dying young bes in front of hive
I already spend far too much time on forums when I should be doing other things and I'm afraid I can't be bothered to create a username and password (the bane of modern day life) just to view your pho ...
  Topic: Dying young bes in front of hive
Barbara

Replies: 12
Views: 596

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:27 pm   Subject: Dying young bes in front of hive
I would suspect it may be poisoning from pollen, perhaps from agricultural crops that have been sprayed with something. Adult bees don't eat pollen so would not be affected. Unfortunately the pollen t ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 349

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:52 pm   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Sounds like it's just a combination of camera angle and my diminishing eyesight then. Pleased you didn't see any drone brood and that you are no longer seeing bees with deformed wings.
The sugar rol ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 349

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:56 am   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Hi

Yes that is Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) which is associated with a high varroa infestation but not exclusively linked to it. ie the virus can be vectored by other means I believe. I've had colonie ...
  Topic: Drone laying queen
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 239

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:55 am   Subject: Drone laying queen
Hi Bridget

Apologies if this reply is too late for your situation.

The colony with the laying workers/drone laying queen will not accept a new queen. The general advice is to shake/brush all the ...
  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 488

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:38 am   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
I too have not had success with shaking out and requeening. I think the best situation may be to remove the hive to a distant location and place a healthy hive at the old location, so that the forager ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
Barbara

Replies: 12
Views: 3067

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:47 pm   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
Hi again

Delighted to read and see that you have tenants in your hive at last and that they have stayed this time. I am a little concerned however that they are capping honey as that is usually a l ...
  Topic: Tiny Bee... Stingless?
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 281

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:45 pm   Subject: Tiny Bee... Stingless?
Don't be sad about having bumble bees.... any and all bees are a good thing.

Also don't be put off by the size of your garden. I currently have 9 colonies within 15 feet of my back door.... OK I do ...
  Topic: First split
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 759

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:05 pm   Subject: First split
Yes, probably too late now, but worth knowing for another time. The queen cells produced from such a cut are supposed to be of a better quality.
  Topic: First split
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 759

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:53 am   Subject: First split
The twigs and foliage are to encourage bees in a hive that has been moved to re-orientate to the new location. It is sort of a trigger to make them realise something has changed and take notice, other ...
  Topic: Bumble
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 399

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:11 pm   Subject: Bumble
I agree with Dave (catchercradle) I have 9 colonies of honey bees and I still see bumble bees and have recently relocated two bumble bees nests into my garden from other people's properties where they ...
  Topic: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 427

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:58 pm   Subject: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
@mannanin

Unfortunately the OP has had problems with colony failures in previous years, which may well be due to varroa, because he was under the misunderstanding that keeping them in a TBH would m ...
  Topic: New swarm advice UPDATE
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 346

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:34 pm   Subject: New swarm advice UPDATE
To make the straightener board easier to construct, you can use the side of a large cardboard box instead of wood. It doesn't have to be a perfect fit or go right to the bottom and it's much easier to ...
  Topic: New swarm advice UPDATE
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 346

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:33 am   Subject: New swarm advice UPDATE
Hi

Sorry to hear they are not building along the bars as you would wish. What type of comb guides did you use. Also it is best if the space in the hive is wider than it is long.... so not giving th ...
  Topic: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 495

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:37 am   Subject: Swarm Prevention Management Question
As catchercradle says, it depends on the bees. Usually once you get past the summer solstice the urge to swarm decreases. I'm a bit further North than him and June is usually my swarming month for st ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Barbara

Replies: 18
Views: 1086

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:22 am   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Well done! That is great news.
Unless the old queen was marked or the new queen was a noticeably different breed, there is no way to tell as far as I am aware.

They have been putting down lots o ...
  Topic: New swarm advice needed
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 398

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:17 pm   Subject: New swarm advice needed
Hi Anna and congratulations on your swarm.

What you need to understand is that bees need heat to work wax and build comb. They generate heat by clustering and build within the cluster. At the momen ...
  Topic: bees and weather help please asap
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 586

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:18 pm   Subject: bees and weather help please asap
You call 44 hives, "a few"!! Shocked

Good luck with that....sounds like you are going to be busy! I can see why you would suddenly feel a bit overwhelmed and why you would probably want ...
 
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