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  Topic: Can a dead bee sting?
Manuel Robert

Replies: 3
Views: 4006

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:58 am   Subject: Can a dead bee sting?
I was wondering about this too, in regards of bee venom therapy/ apipunctur ( for personal use ), thus not having to harm and disturb the bees for this ( which is why I have refrained from this up to ...
  Topic: What to read?? and where to begin??
Manuel Robert

Replies: 4
Views: 6168

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:19 pm   Subject: What to read?? and where to begin??
Have a look here : http://www.tbhsbywam.com/

Very nice book in my opinion especially for ktbh.
  Topic: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
Manuel Robert

Replies: 28
Views: 49719

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:01 pm   Subject: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
In Mycelium running and in one of his videos, Paul Stamets mentions a continuous stream of bees sucking on the mycelium of the garden giant mushroom, which is rather easy to grow on wood chips or shav ...
  Topic: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
Manuel Robert

Replies: 28
Views: 49719

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:51 am   Subject: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
I can only recommend Paul Stamets book " Mycelium Running " already mentioned above, with great descriptions of methods to detoxificate landscape with the help of mushrooms, which mushroom t ...
  Topic: Bee poo
Manuel Robert

Replies: 14
Views: 19936

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:33 pm   Subject: Bee poo
Bees can hold back for quit a while, but do undertake cleansing flights. This is especially important after winter, and can cause problems if weather does not allow these flights. Pooing in the hive c ...
  Topic: Asian Giant Hornet invading the Balkans
Manuel Robert

Replies: 3
Views: 8744

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:28 pm   Subject: Asian Giant Hornet invading the Balkans
The same defence system is already used by europeean bees against other intruders, as far as I know ( balling the intruder and " cooking " it ). I think in the long run they will learn/ evol ...
  Topic: Smoker Fuel
Manuel Robert

Replies: 9
Views: 14774

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:22 am   Subject: Smoker Fuel
I would keep in mind that too much smoke is a stressor for the bees, alterning the hive scent ect and in the worst case could cause the bees to abscond.
  Topic: bevelled edge topbars
Manuel Robert

Replies: 14
Views: 42793

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:11 am   Subject: bevelled edge topbars
My topbars are similar to yours, cut at about 18 degrees and I am quit happy with this. I melted starter stripes into the groove, extending about 1,5cm under the bars, but have found the attachment to ...
  Topic: Basic hTBH construction question
Manuel Robert

Replies: 9
Views: 17646

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:51 pm   Subject: Basic hTBH construction question
Glueing depends a lot on you wood working possibilities. If you can creat a smooth plane contact surface you can use white wood glue ( waterproof one ). If not you can go madasafish´s way. With 4 inc ...
  Topic: Periscope Entrance
Manuel Robert

Replies: 6
Views: 9357

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:34 am   Subject: Periscope Entrance
No problems with my periscope entrances.
I agree with B kind that the feeder accessible from the outside may cause problems.
  Topic: TBH construction
Manuel Robert

Replies: 13
Views: 17168

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 4:53 pm   Subject: TBH construction
you could also use tongue and groove boards ( not too wide ones ) screwed onto battens without pushing them too tightly together ( the boards ).
  Topic: Rose Hive method
Manuel Robert

Replies: 86
Views: 180772

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 7:16 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
Read this book some time ago. One of the main points is to add boxes into the brood nest during late spring , thus expanding it. After late june, depending on local conditions ect. he adds boxes just ...
  Topic: Anyone Listening?
Manuel Robert

Replies: 6
Views: 10401

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:21 pm   Subject: Anyone Listening?
Still on my to do list, me not being much into electronics, but time will come.
  Topic: Neonicotinoid petition again
Manuel Robert

Replies: 2
Views: 5538

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 4:05 pm   Subject: Neonicotinoid petition again
http://actions.pollinis.org/actions/europe_and_bee_killer_pesticides/

show them we keep alert
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Manuel Robert

Replies: 9
Views: 15294

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:18 am   Subject: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Great it worked out. IMO it is better to hang the cage, at least in cold weather so the bees can cluster around it.
A construction hint : When using tongue and groove boards ( like your roofing ) i ...
  Topic: HELP needed: Beekeeper alliance and the European Court
Manuel Robert

Replies: 9
Views: 10300

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:09 am   Subject: HELP needed: Beekeeper alliance and the European Court
done
  Topic: Vespa velutina (Japanese Hornet) Prevention - Europe
Manuel Robert

Replies: 8
Views: 15040

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:09 am   Subject: Vespa velutina (Japanese Hornet) Prevention - Europe
We don´t have them here yet, but in case I´d consider periscope entrances with 5-6mm slits ( underneath ) where the bees fit through but not the hornets.
 
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