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  Topic: Plastic hive floors - better for hygene ?
charentejohn

Replies: 2
Views: 82

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:50 am   Subject: Plastic hive floors - better for hygene ?
Thanks, all fair points. I don't have a problem with platics myself if used judiciously.
These are polypropylene which is long lasting so will be ok in that sense. I am using wood for everything ...
  Topic: Plastic hive floors - better for hygene ?
charentejohn

Replies: 2
Views: 82

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:02 pm   Subject: Plastic hive floors - better for hygene ?
Just about to set up a Warre hive and finally found a plastic floor. This is the happykeeper one, anyone had experience of this or others ?
Local keeper uses fully ventilated floors, I am on a cours ...
  Topic: Cutout dilemma - help!!
charentejohn

Replies: 7
Views: 6523

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:36 pm   Subject: Cutout dilemma - help!!
I know this is an old thread but worth noting my experience here.
I did this a few years ago, they will always return to the original place until re-educated. I moved a hive 30 metres.

I made two ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
charentejohn

Replies: 58
Views: 46910

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:35 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Hi, I posted a (long winded and with photos) comment on another thread http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=118850#118850
Basically to say the 'buterfly net' system works well, the AH hover ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet News Update
charentejohn

Replies: 9
Views: 14308

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:40 am   Subject: Asian Hornet News Update
Also forgot to mention thermal imaging. One problem is, we know there is a nest somewhere but where as it will be up in the trees. I haven't tried it but have asked the Mayor's office to see if the ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet News Update
charentejohn

Replies: 9
Views: 14308

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:45 am   Subject: Asian Hornet News Update
Hi, looks like this may be a good place to relate my story and ideas. I am in France (Charente) and noticed the first in this particular area last year. Now they seem to be established so I will nee ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
charentejohn

Replies: 58
Views: 46910

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:12 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Just an update, I read of someone using a butterfly net to catch hornets in front of the hive. Looked online but most are small, sure I can come up with one with a loop of wire and a net curtain, jus ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
charentejohn

Replies: 58
Views: 46910

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:36 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
That is how I see it, this is nature and it sorts itself out given time, we can take the pressure off but there is no total solution just lending a hand.
Good luck with the defences.
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
charentejohn

Replies: 58
Views: 46910

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:21 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I did wonder if just putting a branch in front of the hive would also work, like when relocating a hive. Simple and effective.

I have been trying to find some info I had on how the Japanese do thi ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
charentejohn

Replies: 58
Views: 46910

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:02 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I had read that stopping them hovering is a good deterrent. I think the more things the better.
I had thought of a wall of strings dangling down but grass sounds better. The hive is on gravel but I ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
charentejohn

Replies: 58
Views: 46910

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:59 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Hi, I live in France (central) and have seen my first one a week ago. Managed to kill it using s stick when it landed but another has appeared now.
The hive I have is 'wild' in that I leave them to ...
  Topic: Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
charentejohn

Replies: 4
Views: 4715

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:17 pm   Subject: Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
Hi, just to let you know I have read this and as it is late I will ponder it over the next few days, so you don't worry I will do something unnecessary. Just to confirm I will not do anything for the ...
  Topic: Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
charentejohn

Replies: 4
Views: 4715

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:06 pm   Subject: Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
Secondary thought on this, just in case the queen in the old hive(box) is th only one, should I put a ramp between boxes so bees can walk instead of fly. I believe existing queens can't fly, only new ...
  Topic: Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
charentejohn

Replies: 4
Views: 4715

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:58 am   Subject: Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
Just looking at my hives that I joined together as one was deteriorating, bees have woken up here very active last few days. You will need to see this thread to understand what the joined hives look ...
  Topic: Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
charentejohn

Replies: 3
Views: 4260

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:40 pm   Subject: Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
Hi, just went out to see if I had a tray small enough to fit and the girls are already out and about. So I just put a 3:1 water to sugar mix jar against an adjacent tree in case they are interested. ...
  Topic: Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
charentejohn

Replies: 3
Views: 4260

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:32 am   Subject: Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
Thanks for the reply, it is ok as they have old comb. It is hard to explain but this thread shows the situation, http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18841&highlight=
They are still i ...
  Topic: Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
charentejohn

Replies: 3
Views: 4260

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:36 pm   Subject: Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
Just a general question.
I have a relocated hive of 'wild' bees who are just in a space with no combs etc. and wondered if I should feed them some sugar at this time, or if later when.
I was th ...
  Topic: Moving hive short distance+merging two hives
charentejohn

Replies: 0
Views: 3030

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:17 pm   Subject: Moving hive short distance+merging two hives
This is a brief description of what happened with photos.
First 4 photos are state of old bird box they had for many years, starting to rot. Next is what it looked like when the bit of plastic was r ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:57 am   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
Just to say today I didn't put out the temp box, about 20-30 bees milling about at all times. I am assuming they are turning up there, having a re-think and going to the TBH otherwise there would be ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:22 pm   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
Thanks Barbara, just realised where you are, I am originally from a small village just outside Durham City.

Just went out at 10pm here, just able to see in twilight, and all in the box. Very few t ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:54 am   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
I think this will be my last status on this. All seems well, loads on the landing strip in front of the TBH, sending my eyes funny trying to follow one in or out to see where they are going.

I wa ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:42 pm   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
Just fyi, all going well so far.
Went out at 6am and removed grille from TBH, put out small jar of sugar water at one side of TBH, put box of bees that returned to the old spot to the other side of T ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:44 pm   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
Just another thought / request. Can people just check in about midday for the next couple of days as I will report what is happening after the morning move. Just in case some advice is required.
J ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:38 pm   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
Thanks, I have decided to stop worrying as no going back now, what will be will be.

Currently they must be getting out somewhere but I can't see it, decided to let them carry on. Hot at the moment ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:42 am   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
Thanks for all your support here, I needed it.
After a sleepless night all still locked in, I opened the hole they used to escape and mesh covered it.

Loads of bees at the TBH mesh so all have ent ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:55 pm   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
Well it is done, for better or worse. I will post photos tomorow of the setup. Heavy box and some mismeasure of the join of the two but should be ok, lucky a neighbour was about to help lug stuff ab ...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:56 am   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
That sounds like a good plan, do it while I can see but they will be packing up for the night.
I will seal them in and remove the box, then put up the temporary box before re-siting the main box.

...
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
charentejohn

Replies: 14
Views: 8910

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:00 pm   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
Hi, generally related to this thread but this is a bit more specific, and I need some advice asap http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=115484#115484

Went to move the box (wrong box wrong ...
  Topic: They must be swarming soon ?
charentejohn

Replies: 2
Views: 3139

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:53 pm   Subject: They must be swarming soon ?
Roasting here today, too hot to really go outside.
I will see if they do this again tonight, I may put out my tree branch of hope about 3m from them just in case. All had gone this morning, assume o ...
  Topic: They must be swarming soon ?
charentejohn

Replies: 2
Views: 3139

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:19 am   Subject: They must be swarming soon ?
They must be swarming soon ???
Last night 28c temp
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