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  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 4
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:28 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Patrick has a website..... www.savebeesflorida.com He does lots of You Tube videos of his cut outs and trap outs. He might be a useful contact for you if he is local.
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 4
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:08 pm   Subject: nucs this week
You might have been better getting in touch with one of our forum members, Patrick Thomas. I'm pretty sure he is in Florida and does a lot of bee colony removals..... cut outs and trap outs. He could ...
  Topic: Early cold weather- need feeding advice!
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 100

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:55 pm   Subject: Early cold weather- need feeding advice!
If it has not yet become frosty in your area then I would get some thick syrup into them first. The advantage of syrup is that they can store it as they would honey ie in the comb where they need it. ...
  Topic: Dead bees
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 261

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:44 pm   Subject: Dead bees
It is possible that, in some places, the honeybee population is actually unsustainably high.

There is a difference between unsustainably high for the beekeeper to harvest a crop and for the bees to ...
  Topic: Dead bees
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 261

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:52 pm   Subject: Dead bees
I only ever deal with swarms and very rarely get temperament issues, but I will say that my bees are probably not as productive as more commercially available options.
  Topic: smoker fuel
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 164

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:13 am   Subject: smoker fuel
I usually make cartridges from corrugated cardboard boxes cut into strips and rolled up, but I sometimes use a handful of semi dried grass. I would have expected the onion tops to be quite acrid but m ...
  Topic: Dead bees
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 261

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:06 am   Subject: Dead bees
Hi

I am also sorry to hear of your friend's loss. Can you take some photos of the comb and post them. It can sometimes give an indication of the problem. Is the hive in your friend's garden or an o ...
  Topic: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 144

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:37 pm   Subject: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
If you have 5 colonies, with plenty of stores why not experiment. Leave 2 or 3 with their honey and harvest the others and feed.

I don't have experience of rape honey but my bees do make quite a b ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 527

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:42 pm   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Johno, I wonder why wasps in your area are so out of balance and overrunning your apiary.
I have the odd wasps nests in and around my apiary but I rarely have a problem even with weak colonies. I re ...
  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 302

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:52 am   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
The mesh is bee and wasp proof but there is a gap between it and the hive wall which allows the bees to get in and out under the mesh. The resident bees learn to route under the mesh but robbers (wasp ...
  Topic: Feisty bees in TBH
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 550

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:26 am   Subject: Feisty bees in TBH
I had one that was a bit testy a few weeks ago. Not figured out which one, but suspect my main top bar hive. A couple came out and harassed and stung a friend who had come to collect his hives and the ...
  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 302

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:14 am   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Hi

Congrats on baiting the swarm. It sounds like it was probably a small cast swarm. What you have to realise with swarms is that there are priorities for them and with a small swarm their workforc ...
  Topic: Schumacher College, Dartington Evening Class
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 230

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:09 pm   Subject: Schumacher College, Dartington Evening Class
Hope the course is successful for you Phil.
Just wanted to comment on the photo on the linked page for the course. Whilst it is a lovely photo of a top bar hive and their beautiful comb bees build, ...
  Topic: Three top bar hives doing well
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 214

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:31 pm   Subject: Three top bar hives doing well
If these are strong colonies I personally would not feed, assuming they have some stores of their own. If I felt they needed topping up, I would probably give them a 500 mls jar every few days, so tha ...
  Topic: Fondant
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 368

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:24 pm   Subject: Fondant
I am generally confused about feeding fondant....



Me too..... never done it before in 19 years of beekeeping. Much better, in my opinion, to start feeding them some thick (2:1) syrup now if yo ...
  Topic: Badly dmaged hive
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 304

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:18 pm   Subject: Badly dmaged hive
Oh, well done! I can imagine that must have been a very daunting task with a large colony.
Sorry I didn't get back with an image of a rescue bar but it sounds like you got the job sorted nicely. Cab ...
  Topic: Undecided
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 426

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:52 pm   Subject: Undecided
Hi Mel

There are many of us that don't treat and we are not breaking any rules, other than perhaps a "rule of thumb" used by conventional beekeepers that routinely treat their bees annual ...
  Topic: Badly dmaged hive
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 304

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:29 pm   Subject: Badly dmaged hive
To give them a chance of survival, that comb needs to be hanging rather than in a mess on the hive floor. I'm assuming this is a top bar hive and not a framed hive like a national. If I am correct you ...
  Topic: Spacing Between Hives
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 403

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:54 am   Subject: Spacing Between Hives
A swarm is looking for the best cavity it can find, and yes, with limited availability they will settle somewhere closer than their "usual" distance. But is that distance determined by avail ...
  Topic: Spacing Between Hives
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 403

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:17 pm   Subject: Spacing Between Hives
I'd like to add (bearing in mind "Natural Beekeeping") that Tom Seeley says that wild colonies are rarely closer than 100 yards apart.


That said, it is not overly unusual for there to ...
  Topic: Spacing Between Hives
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 403

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:16 am   Subject: Spacing Between Hives
Hi and welcome to the forum.

I have no idea if there is a recommended spacing. I would suggest that enough room to work between them is the best guide.
It can be helpful to change the angle of ap ...
  Topic: Buckfast bees in a mixed Apiary
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 308

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:05 am   Subject: Buckfast bees in a mixed Apiary
Hi Adam

I believe that Buckfast are bred to be less swarmy and it is unlikely that they will supersede the queen in their first or maybe even second year unless she is poor quality, but yes eventua ...
  Topic: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 568

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:18 am   Subject: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
Hi Mel

Yes it is very unlikely that they will build any more comb this year, especially when they are losing so many new bees to chalk brood. You will need to align the brood box you insert, so tha ...
  Topic: Set up trap-out in large oak tree - Florida
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 766

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:43 pm   Subject: Set up trap-out in large oak tree - Florida
Patrick, we really appreciate you taking the time to document and post your exploits. We can all learn so much from them.
Here in the UK, because of the climate the season is pretty short and there a ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
Barbara

Replies: 14
Views: 560

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:44 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
At this time of year the brood nest starts to shrink and they start to back fill it with honey, slowly scaling it down for winter but they prefer to keep their brood nearest the entrance, so theoretic ...
  Topic: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 568

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:35 pm   Subject: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
Unfortunately that second link just takes me to a Yahoo log in page.

Did you examine the dead pupae with a view to it being possible chalk brood?
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
Barbara

Replies: 14
Views: 560

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:42 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
The link below is to a You Tube video from one of our memebers who does a large number of "cut outs" (removal of feral colonies from buildings etc) and there is a good photo of a rescue bar ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
Barbara

Replies: 14
Views: 560

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:19 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Hi again

I really like Adam's idea of moving them en mass (cross combed as they are) to a bait hive and using it as a conservation/swam producer. I have two "leave alone" hives like this ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
Barbara

Replies: 14
Views: 560

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:33 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Hi B

Sorry to hear about your mother.

The hives are best left until next spring to correct. The comb will be more robust then because it is cooler. It will have less contents either honey or br ...
  Topic: Two idiotic retweets
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 305

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:38 pm   Subject: Two idiotic retweets
I'm not into all this social media stuff, but I know how easy it can be to innocently get drawn into something that appears to be so worthwhile because it has been given a good dose of "spin" ...
 
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