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  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
Chippy

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:18 am   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
What a fantastic collection of photographs, thanks for these. Smile
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Chippy

Replies: 11
Views: 11799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:37 am   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
I use 12-bar boxes as bait hives, around 32 litres, I think.

This would of course be dependant on the width of the bars being used. I know that an adjustment to bee space and bar width is still an ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Chippy

Replies: 11
Views: 11799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:48 am   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
I have baited many swarms into much smaller boxes - between 20 and 35 litres, approximately, so don't take this too literally!
I've also had a swarm move into a full sized hive with the followers set ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Chippy

Replies: 11
Views: 11799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:45 am   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Just a quick comment: nowhere that I have seen does Seeley say that bait hives should be 40 litres. He simply ran an experiment using three different capacities, and that one attracted more swarms tha ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Chippy

Replies: 11
Views: 11799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:51 pm   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Thank you Barbara. I think that I'll build two the same, I'm aiming for Thomas Seeley's 40 litres, and try one with a periscope entrance and one without as you suggest. I can always retrofit a perisco ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Chippy

Replies: 11
Views: 11799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:53 am   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
I am building two bait hives at the moment and I wondered whether I should incorporate an internal follower board periscope entrance as this will be the set up that I will use in my full size tbhs.
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  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Chippy

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Views: 54502

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:57 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
At the seminar that I attended given by the GB Non-native Species Secretariat apple juice was the suggested early season bait. If you wish to prepare a cocktail for the queens then good luck to you th ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Chippy

Replies: 58
Views: 54502

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:28 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
No Sir.

When in the season do new Asian hornet queens emerge?

After such a relatively mild winter the queens should be starting to come out of hibernation any time now.

I thought that too so ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Chippy

Replies: 58
Views: 54502

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:24 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
No Sir.

When in the season do new Asian hornet queens emerge?

After such a relatively mild winter the queens should be starting to come out of hibernation any time now.
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Chippy

Replies: 58
Views: 54502

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:08 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Been to our BKA apiary this morning.

Long discussion on guess what?

The idea of a trap that catches the Asian Hornet alive is so they can be sprayed with slow acting flea spray and released to s ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Chippy

Replies: 58
Views: 54502

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:05 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Traps are now going out in Cornwall.
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
Chippy

Replies: 20
Views: 24476

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:56 pm   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
That's an excellent blog Tom, thanks.
 
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