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  Topic: Low Population of a hive
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 1713

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:09 pm   Subject: Low Population of a hive
Yes, it would be nice if people updated their threads so we know how things turned out, especially when people take the trouble to offer advice when it is sought. We can all learn from the outcome of ...
  Topic: Low Population of a hive
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 1713

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:14 am   Subject: Low Population of a hive
@AndyC

JS's post was nearly a year ago, so the situation has probably changed.

@Wyvernleigh

Hi

It is difficult to comment when I don't have experience of your climate and how the bees resp ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 402

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:22 pm   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Your bait hive is going to be predominantly brood comb so in my opinion you would be better with 35-38mm.
I have a variety of bar widths for brood, from 31mm-38mm, (my bees seem to be happy at abou ...
  Topic: Help Needed
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 225

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:21 pm   Subject: Help Needed
Yes that was my thought but prepared to give someone the benefit of the doubt.
  Topic: Help Needed
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 225

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:32 am   Subject: Help Needed
Are you talking about within the hive...bees are very good at environment control if left to their own devices. There is a good thread on the forum somewhere about ventilation versus insulation.
If ...
  Topic: Swarms offered North East England
Barbara

Replies: 0
Views: 87

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:18 pm   Subject: Swarms offered North East England
Hi everyone

It's fast approaching that time of year (May/June) when I may have surplus swarms available to rehome. I like to have names and telephone numbers of people who would like one in advance ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 402

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:16 pm   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Hi

I can see advantages and disadvantages of incorporating a periscope effect follower board into a bait hive as you describe...

Advantages

It gives you the same set up as the bees will encou ...
  Topic: comb replacement
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 323

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:06 pm   Subject: comb replacement
That's ideal then.
I'm very much in the same situation as regards both swarming and converting conventional beekeeping to an approach that I am more comfortable with. This year I am going to try a T ...
  Topic: comb replacement
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 323

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:38 am   Subject: comb replacement
Just be aware that they will almost certainly swarm despite having plenty of room in the hive, unless you take some action.

It is common practice to add empty bars into the brood nest anyway, to e ...
  Topic: Direct ways to manage a hTBH
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 252

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:39 pm   Subject: Direct ways to manage a hTBH
During the early part of the year wasps are more interested in protein for rearing young, so there is less of a risk to hives from them robbing syrup or nectar in spring and early summer. Their diet c ...
  Topic: comb replacement
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 323

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:30 pm   Subject: comb replacement
How old is your colony?

There are benefits to old comb as well as some risks, so it is worth weighing it up. Old comb buffers moisture in the hive better than fresh comb. The cell size also diminis ...
  Topic: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 343

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:40 pm   Subject: West Norfolk Orchard needs bees
Hi and welcome

It sounds like you have a great apiary site and I hope someone is able to take advantage of such a mutually beneficial opportunity. If you basic wood working skills, you could knock ...
  Topic: Slugs are eating the comb and stores!
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 410

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:31 am   Subject: Slugs are eating the comb and stores!
Hi

I am pretty confident that slugs are not responsible for that. I had a real problem with slugs in a couple of hives last summer and we are talking numerous huge leopard print slugs but they didn ...
  Topic: Hive scorching
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 447

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:42 pm   Subject: Hive scorching
@pavol

Many thanks for your words of appreciation. It's good to know that my posts come across as intended as I do spend some time over composing and editing them before I click the submit button. ...
  Topic: Hive scorching
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 447

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:31 am   Subject: Hive scorching
A local beekeeper would be best for some wax too.
It is always useful to establish some local beekeeping contacts even if they have very different goals and ideas about keeping bees from yourself. B ...
  Topic: Hive scorching
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 447

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:24 am   Subject: Hive scorching
@Andy C

It takes the newness off the timber that bees (particularly swarms) seem to find unattractive. I combine it with rubbing a scrunched handful of old brood comb over the warmed/hot surface an ...
  Topic: Modular Horizontal hive
Barbara

Replies: 9
Views: 1912

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:09 pm   Subject: Modular Horizontal hive
also it feels like there is a bit more risk of losing a queen with this system

I agree. I cringed when he cracked all the units apart to start with and then picked them up and stacked them horizont ...
  Topic: Inside out (South)
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 755

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:37 pm   Subject: Inside out (South)
So pleased you contacted him and were able to post his actual thoughts and words rather than the media interpreted version. It is good to find that we actually have someone from the BBKA upholding and ...
  Topic: Hive blown off roof, queen dead
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 572

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:58 am   Subject: Hive blown off roof, queen dead
Thinking about it, it might help with integration if you are able to put some of the comb from the broken hive into the recipient colony ahead of uniting them by a few days or even a week or so, so th ...
  Topic: Hive blown off roof, queen dead
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 572

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:55 am   Subject: Hive blown off roof, queen dead
Hi

Yes, you are looking for a few days when it is reasonably comfortable to be outside in a t-shirt and the bees are flying. To combine them, open the recipient hive and make a gap where they are c ...
  Topic: Hive blown off roof, queen dead
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 572

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:31 pm   Subject: Hive blown off roof, queen dead
I agree with Dave, the risk of merging them now when the weather is cold is that they may fight with or at least disrupt the other colony and break cluster, causing potential demise of both. Better to ...
  Topic: Strange tasting honey -- brandyesque?
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 231

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:12 am   Subject: Strange tasting honey -- brandyesque?
Hi

My first thought was that perhaps it wasn't ripe, but you say that it was capped, so that rules out that possibility. Did it sit around in an unsealed container for any length of time after extr ...
  Topic: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
Barbara

Replies: 18
Views: 5234

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:01 am   Subject: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
I expressed my concerns about this hive design earlier in the thread. Few if any of those concerns were addressed but I assumed that was because it was in the early stages of trial and that feedback w ...
  Topic: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 439

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:48 pm   Subject: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
I really like the idea, particularly using hessian instead of plastic. I hadn't considered that the smooth hive sides would have that effect on suppressing propolis production but it makes sense. The ...
  Topic: TBH material, leylandii cypress
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 415

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:18 pm   Subject: TBH material, leylandii cypress
Hi and welcome

I've certainly seen bees swarm into a leylandii so they mustn't find it totally repugnant.

I've never used shellac. I just scrunch up a fistful of old brood comb and give the sid ...
  Topic: Where do they build?
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 441

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:55 pm   Subject: Where do they build?
Hi

In most cases bees like to keep their brood nest near the entrance and honey furthest away from it. But bees naturally build from the top downwards(building upwards is much harder work), so in a ...
  Topic: For my grand mother
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 918

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:44 pm   Subject: For my grand mother
It is wonderful that you are so enthusiastic about learning a new skill and particularly sharing that experience with your Gran.
Oddly I can't see any beekeeping courses listed on the Brinscall Hall ...
  Topic: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 683

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:29 pm   Subject: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
Hi Brian and welcome.

Sorry to hear you had a failure but clearly they were doing well before things went wrong, so there is plenty to feel positive about and you now have a hive with lots of comb ...
  Topic: For my grand mother
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 918

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:43 pm   Subject: For my grand mother
Hi and welcome

I think it is wonderful that you are encouraging your grandmother to take a more active role in an interest that she has obviously had for a long time and also prepared to help her w ...
  Topic: NutriBee Propolis
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 1584

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:06 pm   Subject: NutriBee Propolis
I don't think I will post any more.

Hi

From the above quote, it seems that you have perhaps taken offence at my reply, which seems a shame.
Since you are in France I wonder if maybe there is a ...
 
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