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  Topic: Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 115

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:23 pm   Subject: Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
Hi John

Your problem is that the brood nest will almost certainly still be in the bird box and the queen will only ever be in the brood nest, so the chances are that she will be in the bird box whe ...
  Topic: Estimate colony size
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 110

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:26 pm   Subject: Estimate colony size
Mid afternoon is usually the warmest part of the day and therefore a prime time for orientation flights for young bees, so it's quite normal at this time of year for there to be a significant increase ...
  Topic: Estimate colony size
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 110

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:43 pm   Subject: Estimate colony size
A quick Google search revealed the following page with the information you seek....

http://www.sbai.org.uk/sbai_forum/showthread.php?641-Estimating-colony-sizes

Regards

Barbara
  Topic: Yet another beevac design.
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 374

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:56 pm   Subject: Yet another beevac design.
Hi Andy

I had problems with my efforts to construct a bee vac last year and had a lot of fatalities too which is pretty discouraging. I had built in a valve to vary the suction so that wasn't the p ...
  Topic: hardware cloth above and below an eco-floor?
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 167

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:15 pm   Subject: hardware cloth above and below an eco-floor?
Hi

When I first installed an eco floor it was a retro fit to a hive with a mesh floor, so essentially what you are suggesting. The huge disadvantage was that the eco floor then provided wax moths w ...
  Topic: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 274

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:21 pm   Subject: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
The fact that smaller colonies survived the same cold spell definitely suggests there was a problem other than the temperature especially with there being multiple small clusters rather than a single ...
  Topic: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 274

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:00 am   Subject: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
In my opinion, the cold in itself should not kill off a "robust colony", albeit, that is a very low temperature. Ensuring the hive is better insulated and sheltered from wind chill is import ...
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 533

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:02 am   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FORUM!

I'm of the same opinion as the others. The forum has been a wonderful resource for me in the past few years and a great means of passing on my own experience to help those wit ...
  Topic: Beekeeping at the Urals
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 380

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:51 am   Subject: Beekeeping at the Urals
Hi Alexy

I'm not sure if I am understanding you correctly, but I think the issue of bees surviving man's corruption of the environment may be the big issue.

Large scale commercial beekeeping pr ...
  Topic: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 235

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:58 am   Subject: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
I have an old feather pillow in one and straw filled pillow cases in others, but you could also use a stack of newspapers and there are plenty of other options like building insulation (Kingspan etc) ...
  Topic: Questions about AFB
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 252

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:15 am   Subject: Questions about AFB
I just did a quick search on Beebase which is the Government run website and was surprised at how many cases of AFB there have been in the past 17 years. It's not as easy to obtain the info as I had h ...
  Topic: An observation hive inside a contained area...
Barbara

Replies: 14
Views: 8573

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:48 am   Subject: An observation hive inside a contained area...
I think the idea of a pipe entrance is fine during the spring/summer/autumn even, when the temperature is warm enough and bees can come and go comfortably. The problem with such arrangements is that i ...
  Topic: Low Population of a hive
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 2268

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: 2268

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: 838

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: 434

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: 434

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: 177

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: 838

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: 511

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: 511

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: 472

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: 511

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: 443

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: 520

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: 649

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: 649

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: 649

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: 2121

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: 929

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 ...
 
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