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  Topic: Bumble bees
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 61

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:49 am   Subject: Bumble bees
Yes, I'm the same. I've just spent a couple of hours in the dark with a red light trying to remove a bumble bee's nest from a compost bin. Managed to eventually dig down to the nest which of course wa ...
  Topic: langstroth Bee hive question.
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 163

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 7:07 pm   Subject: langstroth Bee hive question.
Uwe, I'm not familiar with Dadant frames or Langstroth hives for that matter other than what I have read. We use mostly British National framed hives here in the UK which are slightly different dimens ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 202

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 3:23 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Well the joy just turned to disappointment. They have headed off when I wasn't looking. I had left them to settle until this evening and was planning which hive I would put them into, but they have ab ...
  Topic: langstroth Bee hive question.
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 163

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 3:15 pm   Subject: langstroth Bee hive question.
Hi again Uwe

I tried to explain the concept of bee space to you before in your other post but I'm not sure you have grasped it judging by your question here. With framed hives it is really importan ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 202

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 1:44 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Yes, sad..... but today is another day and I am currently rejoicing in the birth of a new swarm, which I have just captured!
We all have lots to learn but the curve does become a little less steep a ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 202

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 1:13 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
If you can get a capped queen cell within the next few days it would be beneficial and I don't think the brood you gave them will impact on that although there is a risk that they will destroy the que ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
Barbara

Replies: 30
Views: 3270

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 10:27 am   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
Hi

Just wanted to make a suggestion that you don't do the chop and crop at the back end of the year as they may well not recover before going into winter. I would recommend keeping them in the nuc ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 202

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 10:13 am   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Well done. Would you keep this thread updated with it's progress.

For your information, you will not see varroa in open brood. The female varroa mites crawl into the brood cells just as they are a ...
  Topic: Cupboard love?
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 111

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 9:46 am   Subject: Cupboard love?
What a shame.... the people could have had their own "in flat" observation hive....would beat reading the newspaper whilst on the loo! Wink

Nice capture anyway. Thanks for posting. I ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 202

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 3:47 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Hi

Yes taking a frame of "open" brood with eggs and young larvae from the strong hive and donating to the struggling one will give them the opportunity to create an emergency queen if the ...
  Topic: Cathedral Top Bar Hive Progress
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 80

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 12:56 pm   Subject: Cathedral Top Bar Hive Progress
Your cathedral hives are absolutely beautiful, so I don't understand the embarrassed emoticon. I just wish I had the time and woodworking skills to accomplish such a work of art. Of course the bees sh ...
  Topic: Removal from pipe fitting - Mulberry, FL 5-19-17
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 141

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 12:43 pm   Subject: Removal from pipe fitting - Mulberry, FL 5-19-17
Yes, many thanks for posting this and all your many other videos Patrick. I'm sure it is helpful to many people, myself included, to pick up little tips from the different situations and locations you ...
  Topic: Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 131

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 12:48 pm   Subject: Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk
Hi

Sorry to hear your bees have turned a bit feisty. I'm not in a position to take them but I just wanted to mention that my bees (which I keep right outside my back door) go through a temperamenta ...
  Topic: Overcrowding
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 224

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:28 pm   Subject: Overcrowding
Hi. It sounds like bearding which is pre swarm behaviour....unless you have a clipped queen, in which case it may be a swarm, but you would see signs of comb building if it was a swarm after a couple ...
  Topic: Mite icing sugar treatment
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 211

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:45 pm   Subject: Mite icing sugar treatment
Hi

The guy in the video only mentions maintaining bees space (actually double bee space) between the top bars, but I was referring to maintaining single bee space between the frame sides and the hi ...
  Topic: Mite icing sugar treatment
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 211

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 8:54 pm   Subject: Mite icing sugar treatment
Hi Uwe

Like Catchercradle I don't treat my bees for mites and they have been fine for the past few years but I do think that package bees may be more vulnerable as I said in my other post and I tre ...
  Topic: Probably a mite problem
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 170

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 12:00 am   Subject: Probably a mite problem
Hi Uwe

I'm not sure what your climate is like in Virginia, but people have had success with Top Bar hives from Canada to Central America and probably South America too, so I'm not sure the hive its ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Barbara

Replies: 48
Views: 15372

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:27 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Almost perfect timing... 11 days after the prime swarm... and what a convenient place to collect them from. You may well get another one or two more casts in the next few days depending on the strengt ...
  Topic: Mold
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 225

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 4:24 pm   Subject: Mold
Hi

Sorry for the delayed reply. I only just saw this post.

I find that bees manage very well to clean up mouldy comb and remove spoiled pollen.

That said, I would very strongly urge you to g ...
  Topic: Swarm Absconding - Sort of!
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 186

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:55 am   Subject: Swarm Absconding - Sort of!
Hi

It's really difficult to say but it could be that the queen was not strong enough to fly far and landed on the ground or got dropped on the ground during the hiving process and climbed up the hi ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 653

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 8:07 pm   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
So pleased it went well apart from the one comb collapse but I think your husband deserves a little reward for his help, so maybe it wasn't such a bad thing. I hope you both enjoy it.

As regards ph ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 653

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 8:27 pm   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Well done you and your able assistant! I can understand the feeling of euphoria. I hope it all goes to plan tomorrow and you feel equally ecstatic. It is surprising how well the bees tolerate such app ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 653

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 9:30 am   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
The queen is only going to be in the clip whilst you do the chop and crop and can even be released once you get a couple of combs done, so yes, either place the occupied clip on top of some top bars o ...
  Topic: BaitHiveSuccess
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 258

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu May 04, 2017 9:07 pm   Subject: BaitHiveSuccess
Congratulations and what a beautiful bait hive! I hope it is somewhere well off the beaten track because they are all to easy to steal and unfortunately it does happen.

Good luck with them.
  Topic: Possible Queen Cell in New Hive?
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 289

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 8:13 pm   Subject: Possible Queen Cell in New Hive?
I'm not entirely sure what that is, but it doesn't look like a queen cell. Could it be a bit of brace comb that was attached to the adjacent comb.

I have read that it is not unusual for package be ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Barbara

Replies: 48
Views: 15372

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:48 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Hi

Congrats on your swarm. It is a wonderful sight isn't it. I hope they hang around long enough for you to capture them.

I would not recommend putting a prime swarm in the other end of your occ ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 653

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:22 pm   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
Hi

Unfortunately there is no easy fix for transferring framed comb into a top bar hive. What you have done by putting them lengthways is going to cause you and the bees more problems in the long ru ...
  Topic: Rhubarb
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 294

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 5:54 pm   Subject: Rhubarb
That's really interesting. My patch seldom flowers, I suspect because I bury it under barrow loads of horse manure each winter and as long as it can keep growing upwards it seems happy not to want to ...
  Topic: Herbicide
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 258

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 7:29 am   Subject: Herbicide
Hi again

Great that you have a farmer who is happy to communicate and work with you.
Just to clarify, dandelions are considered a broad leaved weed and are very attractive to bees, but sadly beca ...
  Topic: Herbicide
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 258

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:37 am   Subject: Herbicide
Are there dandelions or other blooming plants which the bees may work in the field to be sprayed and is the field directly adjacent to your hives. If so, I would consider keeping them in to prevent di ...
 
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