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  Topic: Winter food?

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:53 pm   Subject: Winter food?
So long as you are sure the strong hives are disease free, I don't see any problem with this.

I haven't done so as my bees always seem to get enough stores from the ivy this time of year. So long a ...
  Topic: Dancing with Bees Brigit Strawbridge

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PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:02 am   Subject: Dancing with Bees Brigit Strawbridge
I have just started reading this book by after hearing Brigit talk at the Permaculture Convergence just outside Oxford on Sunday. I believe the talk is or will be on Youtube and will post the link in ...
  Topic: UK honey flows

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:23 am   Subject: UK honey flows
I have a book, "Plants for Bees" I can't remember the author that gives a lot of information on this but it is worth remembering that Mid Wales will be very different from where I am in Camb ...
  Topic: The Dartington Long Deep Hive

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:41 pm   Subject: The Dartington Long Deep Hive
Biggest advantage over nationals is the half sized supers which mean lifting them isn't above health and safety limits. However anywhere you might have to move one of these if the bees turn aggressive ...
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:15 pm   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
The Perone I had on an organic farm, the colonies (yes two in opposite corners of the hive) didn't survive. That was some years ago. I may try putting a swarm in it again next year but only if I get a ...
  Topic: The Lives of Bees - Thomas D. Seeley

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PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:13 pm   Subject: The Lives of Bees - Thomas D. Seeley
I have read some of his earlier work and really enjoyed it. Thanks for alerting us to this.
  Topic: Starving?

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:39 am   Subject: Starving?
Whereabouts in UK are you? What are other bee keepers experiencing at the moment in your area? If weather is good in your area and there is plenty of forage for them, I probably wouldn't feed but I su ...
  Topic: Not taking syrup

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 30, 2019 8:22 pm   Subject: Not taking syrup
Minor point, sometimes if there is a very good flow of nectar the bees will ignore syrup. It is worth updating your location to say where about in UK you live. All bee keeping is local and there may b ...
  Topic: 20 day old colony in HTBH - Inspection technique advice

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 3:22 pm   Subject: 20 day old colony in HTBH - Inspection technique advice
which is much better than a vertical hive where taking the crown board off exposes the whole colony for the whole period of the inspection.

Still not as good on this front as HTBH but with my nati ...
  Topic: Plastic hive floors - better for hygene ?

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:19 pm   Subject: Plastic hive floors - better for hygene ?
Perhaps I am being extreme. I know some people would say so but for me I am not looking to keep my bees in a sterile environment but rather one where with luck some mite that prays on the varroa might ...
  Topic: Center or End entrance?

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:15 pm   Subject: Center or End entrance?
It is not that the Warré hive is bad, it is probably because the bees I'm using (a local variety of carnica) and the climate (short season) are not the perfect fit for this hive.

To me, this is on ...
  Topic: Center or End entrance?

Replies: 8
Views: 16880

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:25 am   Subject: Center or End entrance?
I don't do splits myself and rely on swarms if I want to increase hive numbers but another practical reason for end entrances is you can with a follower board (or two depending on how well they fit) h ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter ...

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:07 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter ...
I haven't fed for several years now but I know from experience that I can expect a strong flow from the ivy any day now. The most important thing for me this time of year is to close down the entrance ...
  Topic: Timing for Splitting a Hive?

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:25 am   Subject: Timing for Splitting a Hive?
Short answer,
Yes. Also worth checking when others in your area do it. (Though most beekeepers miss the boat sometimes with regards to this.

I haven't done a split for several years, preferring th ...
  Topic: Bee Guardian?Workabel or con

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:38 pm   Subject: Bee Guardian?Workabel or con
Many years ago as a student I along with friends would have long involved discussions about various topics in the many pubs in St. Andrews which has one of the highest densities of pubs of anywhere in ...
  Topic: Is it too late to introduce a nuc into my new top bar hive

Replies: 1
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:05 am   Subject: Is it too late to introduce a nuc into my new top bar hive
Hi Wendy,

Should be fine if you can get one. you have the rest of July and August for them to build up enough stores for the winter. I wouldn't expect to get any more harvest than one or two bars a ...
  Topic: Dead queen after going from frames to TBH

Replies: 3
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:14 pm   Subject: Dead queen after going from frames to TBH
My instinct is that if you have comb with eggs and young larvae, to wait and let them raise a new queen. (I have yet to buy a queen and have always let the bees make one for themselves, occasionally t ...
  Topic: Warre - new box

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:44 am   Subject: Warre - new box
I shall worry about the next lift if and when they fill that fourth one

I would always harvest some rather than going up to a stack of five boxes. Unless absolutely level too much danger of it tip ...
  Topic: Warre - new box

Replies: 10
Views: 22923

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:04 am   Subject: Warre - new box
If you can get a bar out from one of your original boxes and move it to the new box and replace the empty bar in the box you took one from they should then move down. Alternatively you can do as you s ...
  Topic: Prime swarm not left yet? Is Taranov split posible

Replies: 4
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:57 pm   Subject: Prime swarm not left yet? Is Taranov split posible
If you are sure they have not swarmed, I would say that there would be no problem doing a Taranov split. Even if they have and there are larvae less than 3 days old it should still work though if I wa ...
  Topic: What to do next?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:05 am   Subject: What to do next?
I usually my Warre on three boxes. Any more and I would have to strap the hive down to the floor to cope with the winds we get even if this is only on three or four days spread over the winter/spring. ...
  Topic: Inspection question

Replies: 3
Views: 12334

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:25 pm   Subject: Inspection question
My top bar hives and nationals have all been inspected by the bee inspector this year and last because of EFB within 2Km. All were clear. I would suggest inviting the bee inspector to visit. If anythi ...
  Topic: under ground bees

Replies: 2
Views: 8635

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:45 pm   Subject: under ground bees
Three years ago, there was a colony under a manhole cover at Fowlmere RSPB reserve. A friend put a bait hive nearby to no avail and sadly this year there was no sign of the colony. They were not in an ...
  Topic: Badgers

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Views: 15313

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon May 07, 2018 7:44 pm   Subject: Badgers
I know from reading that badgers can target hives and they are very strong both with claws and teeth. I doubt if my hives would stand much chance if the local badgers did target them. Certainly chicke ...
  Topic: One dead and one almost dead collony.

Replies: 3
Views: 11984

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 8:46 am   Subject: One dead and one almost dead collony.
And as I said in another thread, lots of experienced bee keepers have had 25, 30% or even higher losses this winter. Isolation starvation has apparently been common with the initially mild weather fol ...
  Topic: feeding bees too much?

Replies: 8
Views: 23037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:24 pm   Subject: feeding bees too much?
I don't feed my bees except in emergency but I don't know your part of the world. For me the only problem with overfeeding is if you make them run out of room when the queen is in lay as this might st ...
  Topic: Dead bees and weird larvae

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Views: 9571

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:48 pm   Subject: Dead bees and weird larvae
Difficult to be sure without having seen them and without local knowledge. The dead bees could be the boys being kicked out before winter!

  Topic: beegym

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Views: 11454

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:33 pm   Subject: beegym
I don't know how effective it is but I see no reason why it shouldn't work. I spoke with one of the researchers who was trailing it in the hives at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. I wasn't eligi ...
  Topic: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:47 am   Subject: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
Nice. Only ever done one cut out..

-What would happen if you accidentally spray the queen with honeybee-gone

My guess is that the queen did go in. Never used honeybegone myself. If by any chan ...
  Topic: Honey Flow Hive

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Views: 108063

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:14 am   Subject: Honey Flow Hive
Last two posts certainly tell me I have made the right decision in not being an early adopter.

Interesting comparing seasons also. I think I have had my best season ever with a very strong flow fr ...
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