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  Topic: Colony growth and capped honey stores
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 74

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:11 am   Subject: Colony growth and capped honey stores
More than happy to help out Peter, whenever you need support.

Photos are really helpful as people can look at things and perceive and describe them very differently. Photos need to be hosted on an ...
  Topic: Colony growth and capped honey stores
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 74

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:13 pm   Subject: Colony growth and capped honey stores
Hi

The lack of stores is nothing to be concerned about at this stage. It may help to understand the needs of a new colony starting up from a swarm so that you can interpret what you see as normal.. ...
  Topic: honeycomb foundation
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 57

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:36 am   Subject: honeycomb foundation
Hi and welcome.... I see this is your first post!

Due to it's conductive properties I would say not, but even if it were, I'm curious to know why you would even consider it. The cost implications o ...
  Topic: Queen Excluder
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 352

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:56 pm   Subject: Queen Excluder
John, I also appreciate your support for my take on this subject. It can be helpful to an OP to assess an overall view of things and if they only get two opposing responses (OK maybe not opposing as s ...
  Topic: Queen Excluder
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 352

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:39 pm   Subject: Queen Excluder
I can see your point Colin and you are right that I failed to answer the question and the OP has not responded, which suggests that my response was not helpful to them and it does concern me that I ma ...
  Topic: under ground bees
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 62

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:02 pm   Subject: under ground bees
Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'm not a bee inspector and sadly it is a while since one visited the forum to answer queries but it sounds like it may be a nest or two of bumble bees. They usually li ...
  Topic: Very Feminine looking trap-out on huge tree
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 167

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:32 am   Subject: Very Feminine looking trap-out on huge tree
I just found it so upsetting with the trap outs I have done that failed, aside from the huge amount of time invested, seeing bees dying as a result of your best efforts really hurts. I felt like they ...
  Topic: Very Feminine looking trap-out on huge tree
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 167

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:12 am   Subject: Very Feminine looking trap-out on huge tree
And there was me thinking it was going to be a bonny pink bait box with flowers painted on it..... Rolling Eyes

I love your comment about playing "whack a mole".... it really describes those si ...
  Topic: Small Pieces of Wax in Honey After Processing
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 117

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:46 pm   Subject: Small Pieces of Wax in Honey After Processing
Hi

Firstly the wax is edible so there is no real problem if there are bits of wax in it. Secondly, the wax particles will float to the surface over time and form a film on the top which can be scoo ...
  Topic: HELP!!!!
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 141

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:22 pm   Subject: HELP!!!!
Hi Nigel.

Sorry to hear you have acquired a hive in that state. Unfortunately there is no easy fix. The options are catch the swarms as they emerge if you are able or place bait hives strategically ...
  Topic: Queen Excluder
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 352

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:34 pm   Subject: Queen Excluder
Hi

Queen excluders come with risks, especially in the hands of an inexperienced beekeeper. They can cause several problems, some can even prove fatal for the hive if left on through winter for exam ...
  Topic: Honey for Winter
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 172

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:15 pm   Subject: Honey for Winter
Hi

Obviously we are a long way off winter preparation yet so I'm not sure if you are asking so that you know if you can harvest some honey now or if you are just planning ahead for late summer/autu ...
  Topic: Info wanted on wild hollow tree bee nest
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 253

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 3:05 pm   Subject: Info wanted on wild hollow tree bee nest
ps there is no such thing as ideal dimensions of a bee hive

Agreed. Each swarm will have different needs depending on genetics, size of swarm, prime or cast and probably the cavity size of the pare ...
  Topic: Maggots in my topbar
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 280

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 2:50 pm   Subject: Maggots in my topbar
Hi

I'm sorry you lost your colony. It is difficult to comment on the cause without seeing it for myself and since your climate will be radically different from ours here in the UK their seasonal st ...
  Topic: transfer
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 1265

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 6:58 pm   Subject: transfer
You are shying away from the chop and crop when in reality it is far easier for both you and the bees. The frames are very stable, which means it is far easier to shake the bees off them into the new ...
  Topic: transfer
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 1265

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 3:04 pm   Subject: transfer
Hi

I think it is a risk. That brood might just get abandoned. Have you checked the brood on the super frames. You often find that there is a lot of drone brood when you run them at a one and a half ...
  Topic: Free Swarms for "Ethical" TBH BK's
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 471

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 2:47 pm   Subject: Free Swarms for "Ethical" TBH BK's
Same here. Good to know that there are other folks around the country doing this. I started the year worrying what I was going to do with all my swarms this year, but my swarm list is now long enough ...
  Topic: Cell Cappings
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 371

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 3:40 pm   Subject: Cell Cappings
Hi
It is great that you are so observant of entrance activity..... for me this is such an important aspect of beekeeping that many people with "out apiaries" miss.
Removing debris from th ...
  Topic: Badgers
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 878

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon May 07, 2018 10:50 am   Subject: Badgers
Badgers certainly can be a threat to hives and it is as well to bear that in mind when constructing them, particularly if you know badgers frequent the area. Not saying they definitely will target the ...
  Topic: One dead and one almost dead collony.
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 457

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 7:05 pm   Subject: One dead and one almost dead collony.
Hi Duncan

So sorry to hear that your colonies have failed. If it is any consolation you are not alone. Bridget posted a week or so ago to say she had suffered huge losses this year. I lost one and ...
  Topic: Reuse comb that bees died in through starvation
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 646

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:35 pm   Subject: Reuse comb that bees died in through starvation
For what it is worth I agree. If this was a feral colony there would be no beekeeper to clean it up for them, and it is much easier work for them to clean it up and remove the dead bees (even mouldy d ...
  Topic: entrances
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 662

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:20 pm   Subject: entrances
Hi
Unless there is a very strong nectar flow, I wouldn't open a hole in the middle. Are they laying down significant nectar stores yet. I'm going to be doing my first inspection of the season in the ...
  Topic: Queen cells
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 725

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:30 am   Subject: Queen cells
Sounds like they might be swarm cells in that case and if they are capped you may have a swarm imminent or probably lost one by now. The swarm will usually leave as the first queen cells are capped. I ...
  Topic: What are some good bee plants???
Barbara

Replies: 19
Views: 36720

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:57 am   Subject: What are some good bee plants???
I agree Hannah that planting bulbs for very early in the season is particularly important because the bees cannot fly far on the cooler winter days, so snowdrops and crocus close to the hives can be v ...
  Topic: Yet another aquarium top bar hive update 4-15-18
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 578

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:43 am   Subject: Yet another aquarium top bar hive update 4-15-18
Wow, they are booming Patrick. Can't believe the queen made an appearance twice!
It's looking a bit steamy in there now. Is there any condensation puddling on the floor. I see that they are starting ...
  Topic: Queen cells
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 725

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:32 am   Subject: Queen cells
Hi

How strong is the population in this hive? Is it a single brood box or a brood box and super? Is the hive chock a block with brood and honey and teaming with bees or is there some empty comb and ...
  Topic: transfer
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 1265

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:48 am   Subject: transfer
Hi

How big are your National Colonies? ie. single brood box or brood box and a super?
Completely transferring an established colony is not a small task and if you do a chop and crop you will be t ...
  Topic: Bee forage
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 444

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:16 am   Subject: Bee forage
Hi

The thing to bear in mind when planting for honey bees is that because they are social insects and communicate with each other regarding a good source of pollen and/or nectar, they tend to go fo ...
  Topic: Top Bar
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 1884

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:54 pm   Subject: Top Bar
Hi and welcome.

The "Sales and Wants" section might be a good place to post.
  Topic: Any natural beekeepers in Tyneside/South east Northumberland
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 16808

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:34 pm   Subject: Any natural beekeepers in Tyneside/South east Northumberland
Please do not even contemplate a package. They are contrary to everything that we strive towards on this forum and I would be happy to supply you with a swarm. I have replied to your PM but will send ...
 
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