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  Topic: Feeling sad!
luk_lak

Replies: 5
Views: 9063

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:31 pm   Subject: Feeling sad!
Sorry to hear that

38 degrees actually running campaign to ban roundup to be sprayed in parks of my borough Tower Hamlets.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ban-dangerous-pesticides-in-towe ...
  Topic: Extensive outbreak of dysentary in apiary
luk_lak

Replies: 6
Views: 8450

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:46 pm   Subject: Extensive outbreak of dysentary in apiary
Sorry to hear that. It looks bad things happen even to the best of us Wink

The weather is bad, few hot and sunny days but mostly rainy and gloomy. You have poo flying all over the place. I still don' ...
  Topic: which breed of bee is the most pasive please.
luk_lak

Replies: 4
Views: 5381

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 12:34 pm   Subject: which breed of bee is the most pasive please.
Hannah,

I think most bees are docile if not disturbed.

In case of ignorant children / adults you'd probably need to build a fence and this still may not stop some...

I have (or had) a colony ...
  Topic: How to process honeycomb from top bar hive at home
luk_lak

Replies: 6
Views: 9275

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:22 am   Subject: How to process honeycomb from top bar hive at home
Merinos, not sure what you mean manually. I hope not extracting honey one by one from each cell with some tiny spoon Wink

My 2nd batch of honey-wax pulp is sitting on the sieve atm. From the leftover ...
  Topic: Drones in January
luk_lak

Replies: 10
Views: 11317

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:41 am   Subject: Drones in January
Yesterday I went to clean up the hive.

There were 20 bees left, very docile, just clustered together, fanning wings.

I've collected about 5kgs of comb honey. But I left a bit on top of the broo ...
  Topic: Can a dead bee sting?
luk_lak

Replies: 3
Views: 4768

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:32 am   Subject: Can a dead bee sting?
Yesterday I was cleaning my TB hive and taking out debris (mostly dead bees) from the bottom. I was doing it by hand without gloves.

To my surprise I was stung. So either there was a bee still aliv ...
  Topic: How to process honeycomb from top bar hive at home
luk_lak

Replies: 6
Views: 9275

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:29 am   Subject: How to process honeycomb from top bar hive at home
First batch of honey made 2 weeks ago, wasn't that bad.

First I cut some nice square comb. Then mashed everything together and filtered through fine sieve. Lastly pour it to the jars.

Yesterday ...
  Topic: How to clean hive after nosema?
luk_lak

Replies: 1
Views: 6969

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:59 am   Subject: How to clean hive after nosema?
My colony died this spring, most likely nosema. So I'm looking for easy, cheap way to clean hive, bars, and tools.

I've done some research and found that I could use:
* 10% chlorine bleach
* ace ...
  Topic: Drones in January
luk_lak

Replies: 10
Views: 11317

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:50 am   Subject: Drones in January
I've checked outside and entrance of the hive and there are no spots. I saw on the pictures with nosema that the whole entrance sometimes is just covered with it. Also the comb I harvested was quite c ...
  Topic: Drones in January
luk_lak

Replies: 10
Views: 11317

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:48 pm   Subject: Drones in January
Barbara,

When you say soiling/poo do you mean all the brown marks on the wood? I thought those are bits of old honey, propolis. There was no unpleasant smell that hit my nose, rather usual woody-ho ...
  Topic: How to process honeycomb from top bar hive at home
luk_lak

Replies: 6
Views: 9275

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:16 pm   Subject: How to process honeycomb from top bar hive at home
Due to my colony [url=http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=113830#113830]dying out atm I have 4kg of pieces of honeycomb. Twice that much is in the hive and I guess I'll have to harvest it bef ...
  Topic: Drones in January
luk_lak

Replies: 10
Views: 11317

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:57 pm   Subject: Colony almost gone (2nd April)
Thanks for the answers. Indeed something went wrong in my colony. It is almost gone. Just finished inspection as it was a lovely day.

This was my first big real inspection. And unfortunately quite ...
  Topic: Drones in January
luk_lak

Replies: 10
Views: 11317

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:49 pm   Subject: Drones in January
This is my only colony unfortunately.

Is that the only explanation? Or is there a chance my colony still have queen?
  Topic: Drones in January
luk_lak

Replies: 10
Views: 11317

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:20 pm   Subject: Drones in January
Hello all,

I think my drones and workers did not read the same books as myself on beekeeping. I thought the workers should kick the drones out the hive in Autumn to conserve the stores.

To my su ...
  Topic: Kickstarter EyesOnHives: Video Health Monitor for Honey Bees
luk_lak

Replies: 2
Views: 6829

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:20 pm   Subject: Kickstarter EyesOnHives: Video Health Monitor for Honey Bees
Just found this interesting project:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/985910122/eyesonhives-the-health-monitor-for-honey-bees?ref=nav_search
  Topic: When to close the ventilation holes
luk_lak

Replies: 5
Views: 8277

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:19 am   Subject: When to close the ventilation holes
Its beginning of Autumn here in London.

I've checked my observation window and colony shrank significantly, can see few combs with honey without bees on it. Most of them I guess now are in brood n ...
  Topic: Drone or foreign bee?
luk_lak

Replies: 4
Views: 7119

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:49 pm   Subject: Drone or foreign bee?
Barbara, ingo50, AugustC

Thanks for your answers.

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Lukasz - Friendliest [url=http://permaradise.com/what-we-do/gardener-e14-isle-of-dogs/]gardener in E14
  Topic: Drone or foreign bee?
luk_lak

Replies: 4
Views: 7119

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:04 pm   Subject: Drone or foreign bee?
This time got my camera. Photo is not great but clearly the bee on the left is much bigger than the workers. Is that drone or foreign bee that is robbing my hive? I have not noticed any aggresive beha ...
  Topic: How to recognize varroa mites?
luk_lak

Replies: 11
Views: 15273

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:59 pm   Subject: How to recognize varroa mites?
Just got from another hive observation.

Now definitely saw varroa mites. Brown, round shapes size 1-2mm. Saw few of those none of them were moving.

What I saw previously was much smaller, < 0 ...
  Topic: How to recognize varroa mites?
luk_lak

Replies: 11
Views: 15273

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:49 pm   Subject: How to recognize varroa mites?
Google Images is your friend! You'll see loads of pictures of Varroa close-up and on bees to give you a sense of scale

Thanks. But 99% of that photos is something I'm not capable to see with naked ...
  Topic: hundreds of dead bees under hive
luk_lak

Replies: 9
Views: 14055

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:52 pm   Subject: hundreds of dead bees under hive
Considering good Queen in optimal conditions can lay 2,000 eggs daily you get 2,000 dead bees every day. So 200-300 hundred is nothing to worry about. Especially it this is one time event and the colo ...
  Topic: How to recognize varroa mites?
luk_lak

Replies: 11
Views: 15273

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:09 am   Subject: How to recognize varroa mites?
I'm looking at my bees at the entrance and occasionally on a dead bee in front of the hive. The flying ones are to quick for me to spot anything. But never seen a mite on a flying or dead bee yet.

...
  Topic: Is my hive bearding?
luk_lak

Replies: 3
Views: 6626

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:58 am   Subject: Is my hive bearding?
I guess I should have taken a photo...

Yesterday was 34C in London, and my hive was baking in the afternoon sun.

Te front board, where the entrance is, was shaded and it was covered with bees. N ...
  Topic: Solitary bees
luk_lak

Replies: 4
Views: 6450

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:32 am   Subject: Solitary bees
Great video. Watched it twice, and then all their other movies.

Plus will be monitoring kickstarter to support them in case they want to make another film.

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Luka ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
luk_lak

Replies: 381
Views: 621973

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:30 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Wow, you rode with the bees free ranging on the box (not inside) in your car? Respect!

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Lukasz - Friendliest [url=http://permaradise.com/what-we-do/gardener-e14-isle ...
  Topic: Combs sticking together
luk_lak

Replies: 8
Views: 11797

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:39 pm   Subject: Combs sticking together
Thanks for the answers.

But my technical brain is still missing something...

How can bees make wider comb to join another bar if a) there is no space as it lies between 2 combs that are already ...
  Topic: Fighting bees, hive defence?
luk_lak

Replies: 9
Views: 14951

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:08 am   Subject: Fighting bees, hive defence?
Thanks for the advice but I don't have tools nor materials nor space to do this. I purchased the hive fully assembled.

I think the holes are working well. The hive entrance is so busy during the d ...
  Topic: Combs sticking together
luk_lak

Replies: 8
Views: 11797

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:58 am   Subject: Combs sticking together
All my bars are 32-33mm wide. And I can see the bees are using the guides to at least start each comb on the bar. What are the risk of leaving those bars without intervention? Will they stick them tog ...
  Topic: Fighting bees, hive defence?
luk_lak

Replies: 9
Views: 14951

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:51 pm   Subject: Fighting bees, hive defence?
I've just read one thread about [url=http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17264]First hive stripped clean and it get me worried.

I'm in similar situation: a beginning beekeeper with young c ...
  Topic: Fighting bees, hive defence?
luk_lak

Replies: 9
Views: 14951

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:10 pm   Subject: Fighting bees, hive defence?
I have only one hive so definitely no chance of being robbed by my own bees.

Thanks for the clue that robbing gets more obvious at the end of the day. I'll check this today. Yesterday's quick obser ...
 
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