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  Topic: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Barbara

Replies: 15
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:06 pm   Subject: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
They are most likely collecting moisture from the leaves. Watch out for them taking pollen in and note what colour. There are pollen colour charts (like DIY store paint charts) online which you can us ...
  Topic: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Barbara

Replies: 15
Views: 545

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:52 am   Subject: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
That is great news. Have you moved them down to your garden yet or are they still in the attic?
  Topic: do bees pollinate elder?
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 124

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:39 pm   Subject: do bees pollinate elder?
Those last two are interesting uses.
Since berries are very abundant, it would appear that plenty of other insects visit them, even when honey bees do not
  Topic: Mouldy brood
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 173

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:04 am   Subject: Mouldy brood
That's strange! I posted an extensive reply to this post several days ago and for some reason it's not showing!

Basically, I agree with Adam that mould is not generally a problem for the bees but ...
  Topic: do bees pollinate elder?
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 124

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:26 pm   Subject: do bees pollinate elder?
We are talking elderflowers that become elderberries and not alder trees which are currently producing pollen?... Just seems like a strange time of year to ask about elder flowers when they are a summ ...
  Topic: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Barbara

Replies: 15
Views: 545

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:02 pm   Subject: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Hi Glenn and well done. It was never going to be an easy job but it sounds like you were as successful as you could hope to be. I would probably give them a couple of days to settle and then move them ...
  Topic: follower design - a woodwork question
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 267

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:22 pm   Subject: follower design - a woodwork question
Sorry that should read now using eco floors...... what a difference a single letter can make!!
  Topic: follower design - a woodwork question
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 267

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:07 pm   Subject: follower design - a woodwork question
Hi and welcome

Your suggestion will work fine. Other options are to use marine plywood or I find MDF works well as it doesn't warp. Many people are concerned about the glues used in these products ...
  Topic: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Barbara

Replies: 15
Views: 545

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:40 pm   Subject: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Hi and welcome.

In my opinion, it is not a great time of year to do it..... another couple of months would be much better. If the queen is killed or damaged during the cut out, there is no possibi ...
  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 2320

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:00 am   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
I look forward to reading your alternative method Bill when you have time to document it. Thanks
  Topic: mold
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 307

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:58 am   Subject: mold
In my opinion people worry too much about mould It is part of the natural break down process, like bacteria. The honey will not go mouldy because of the sugar content and the area where the bees are ...
  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 2320

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:59 pm   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
Apologies for the delayed reply.
It is difficult to assess how successful it actually is or whether it is even worth the effort as the colony is usually pretty depleted of bees by the time laying wo ...
  Topic: feeding bees too much?
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 964

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:59 pm   Subject: feeding bees too much?
Here it is....
https://www.savebeesflorida.com/
  Topic: feeding bees too much?
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 964

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:44 pm   Subject: feeding bees too much?
@gizmo

Is this the same colony that you posted about over a month ago and didn't you transfer them to a Langstroth brood box? Have you been feeding them ever since? If so, then YES, you have seriou ...
  Topic: SUNHIVE DEMONSTRATION & TOTEMPOLE HIVE
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 495

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:54 pm   Subject: SUNHIVE DEMONSTRATION & TOTEMPOLE HIVE
Sounds fantastic! Wish I lived closer.
I hope it is a great success for you.
  Topic: Orientation flight with my mouth kept shut
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 618

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:19 am   Subject: Orientation flight with my mouth kept shut
Hi Patrick

Thanks for that. Lovely to see your girls so active. Surprisingly we have been extremely lucky to have mild weather right through the autumn so far and so I am still able to enjoy watchi ...
  Topic: easy mead making
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 802

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:57 am   Subject: easy mead making
I had one attempt at making mead and it was not successful. I only made it to use up the extraction equipment and wax washings. I use it to cook with but it makes me ill to drink it as it is.
Now I j ...
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 3389

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:55 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Hi Bill.

I hear what you are saying but I know Patrick does successful cut outs in Florida, almost all year round.... I have PM'd him to ask for input. It would certainly be unconscionable here at ...
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 3389

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:20 pm   Subject: nucs this week
If you shake them in and don't utilise those combs then starting with a nuc was a waste of time and the OP might as well have started with a package again.

This is the way I would do it and I see ...
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 3389

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:41 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Can I clarify that the OP has already transferred the nuc to a full size Lang brood box? If so, I would leave them there until spring. Then I would be inclined to do the Taranov split into the TBH and ...
  Topic: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 605

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:28 pm   Subject: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
That is so kind of you to suggest it, but unfortunately I have commitments here that prevent me from travelling afield during the winter. Sad
  Topic: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 605

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:50 am   Subject: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
I'm so disappointed I don't live closer. I would have loved to come to this course and the Bee Craft Fair. I hope both events are very successful for you. Really great ideas!
  Topic: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good.
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 424

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:26 pm   Subject: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good.
Good to hear your colonies are doing well. Yes the ivy is supplying them with an abundance of yellow pollen and nectar at the moment with this mild weather. I can't remember seeing my hives so active ...
  Topic: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 6437

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:05 pm   Subject: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
Good to hear that you had a beneficial visit from the bee inspector and that all is good in your hives, although worrying that EFB is so near. I must confess I would not be happy to have to open my hi ...
  Topic: Effectiveness of VSH trait?
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 561

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:25 am   Subject: Effectiveness of VSH trait?
I cannot vote as I have no experience of VHS queens and I think you will find the majority of us on this forum also do not have them but quite a few of us have bees that have been treatment free for s ...
  Topic: Aquarium Top Bar Hive Inspection
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 892

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:20 am   Subject: Aquarium Top Bar Hive Inspection
Thanks for that Patrick.

It is amazing to see the beautiful combs/nest so clearly exposed to view and the bees relatively calm about it.
I am surprised that there is not more condensation in the ...
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 3389

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: 36
Views: 3389

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: 1069

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: 1542

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 ...
 
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