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  Topic: Adding a second brood box
rmcpb

Replies: 9
Views: 9484

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:50 am   Subject: Adding a second brood box
Beeb,

Get your second box and frames ready and put them on when the spring flow starts. If the weather is warm and they are bringing in nectar and pollen they will explode into the second box. Cons ...
  Topic: To requeen or not to requeen?
rmcpb

Replies: 8
Views: 6381

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:18 pm   Subject: To requeen or not to requeen?
Keep an eye on the feeding. You only want enough for them to expand with and a bit extra. If you over feed they will backfill the brood nest and could swarm. Its a balancing act.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: To requeen or not to requeen?
rmcpb

Replies: 8
Views: 6381

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:16 am   Subject: To requeen or not to requeen?
Andy beat me to it. Make a nuc and set the local queen up and see how it goes. if you have a flow on it should work, otherwise you will have to feed the nuc.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
rmcpb

Replies: 14
Views: 11156

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:25 pm   Subject: Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
I take it that no matter how calm the bees are your wife wears a veil when mowing in front of the hives? Its always better to have it on and not need it than to get stung on the face or neck.

Cheer ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
rmcpb

Replies: 18
Views: 13727

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:26 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
The ground is desperately in need of water here now!

Must say I never really think of droughts and the UK in the same sentence. Weather sure can be strange.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
rmcpb

Replies: 18
Views: 13727

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:26 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
I would always split. The chances of that swarm finding a suitable habitat and surviving are not too good. Most probably die. If you split, the bees survive and you get another hive.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
rmcpb

Replies: 18
Views: 13727

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:38 am   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
I would go for option 2. That way you have your hives where you want them.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: To move, or not to move.
rmcpb

Replies: 3
Views: 4731

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 6:19 am   Subject: To move, or not to move.
That's 9-10 hours of sunshine. Not sure I would bother moving them however, my conditions are somewhat different to yours.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: Should I Take My Hive Back Inside?
rmcpb

Replies: 4
Views: 5103

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 5:56 am   Subject: Should I Take My Hive Back Inside?
Good advice above. Time to knock up another hive just in case

Cheers
Rob. Very Happy
  Topic: What an experience!
rmcpb

Replies: 8
Views: 7287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 5:53 am   Subject: What an experience!
Loved your report and enthusiasm. You are very lucky to have a mentor who is open to different hive types.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: Moving bees from bad location ?
rmcpb

Replies: 13
Views: 10118

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 9:49 pm   Subject: Moving bees from bad location ?
Can you make a nuc sized hive and do the transfer then leave the new hive in the old position for a few days. You could then move it to the new location and use the entrance blocked with dry grass and ...
  Topic: Moving bees from bad location ?
rmcpb

Replies: 13
Views: 10118

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 2:59 am   Subject: Moving bees from bad location ?
Listen to Barbara. You don't need lots of gear, a smoker, hive tool and veil are the essentials. Check my avatar, we have no problems working them like this as its too hot in the full kit.

Cheers
...
  Topic: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
rmcpb

Replies: 12
Views: 10603

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:28 pm   Subject: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
Jeans are fine. I never tuck my jeans into my socks as that exposes your ankles with just the sicks for protection. Bees up your trousers are not generally a problem, all they want to do is get out.
...
  Topic: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
rmcpb

Replies: 12
Views: 10603

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:05 am   Subject: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
Any suit is better than none. Don't get too hung up on it. There is no problem starting with a cheap one and getting a better one later if you stick to the hobby. As for stings, they happen and are ca ...
  Topic: Moving bees from bad location ?
rmcpb

Replies: 13
Views: 10118

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:00 am   Subject: Moving bees from bad location ?
Take Barbara's advice ASAP and get them into a hive. You could put a follower board over the existing entrance with holes aligned then put this into the TBH. As Barbara said, they will orientate to th ...
  Topic: 1st inspection, started building at follower board, not entr
rmcpb

Replies: 5
Views: 5527

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 8:31 pm   Subject: 1st inspection, started building at follower board, not entr
If the comb is straight then leave them to it. We really have to resist the urge to "fix" the bees "mistakes". They can get along quite nicely without our help most times, just mak ...
  Topic: Low Population of a hive
rmcpb

Replies: 10
Views: 9414

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 11:11 am   Subject: Low Population of a hive
Even in a top bar you can make a nuc by either making a small hive or using the back board. If using the back board ensure you seal it up well to stop bugs invading the weak colony and to help it main ...
  Topic: Low Population of a hive
rmcpb

Replies: 10
Views: 9414

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:06 pm   Subject: Low Population of a hive
Can you reduce them to a nuc so they can maintain brood heat? It also will help them to defend the hive from pests.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: Building from a conventional hive to a warré
rmcpb

Replies: 2
Views: 3690

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:57 am   Subject: Building from a conventional hive to a warré
Here we have to have our Waree comb moveable so side frames are attached to the topbar so when I was asked to help a couple of friends I simply screwed the Waree frames into my lang frames. The bees b ...
  Topic: queen rearing
rmcpb

Replies: 5
Views: 5918

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:10 am   Subject: queen rearing
Simpilist method is a walk away split. Just divide your hive making sure the half with no queen has eggs. Put in a divider board if in the same hive and the bees will do the rest. Make sure the split ...
  Topic: Maintaining hive numbers without excess swarming
rmcpb

Replies: 3
Views: 5447

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:36 pm   Subject: Maintaining hive numbers without excess swarming
I either do a simple split early in the season and recombine later after the main swarm season OR add another box and open the brood nest early in the season. When they settle down after the swarming ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
rmcpb

Replies: 27
Views: 43961

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:48 am   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
I have often commented that the box type is for the person, not the bees. This is a prime example.

Cheers
Rob
  Topic: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
rmcpb

Replies: 8
Views: 9828

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:15 am   Subject: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
Make sure you put a small cut in the paper to give them the idea that it is a way out.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
rmcpb

Replies: 8
Views: 9828

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:29 pm   Subject: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
Autumn, small colony, not viable, winter coming, need to build up for winter. Not a good outlook for this nuc. I would find the queen, squish her and recombine with another hive that needs some boosti ...
  Topic: need help late swarm in warré hive...
rmcpb

Replies: 4
Views: 6372

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:33 pm   Subject: need help late swarm in warré hive...
I would lean toward recombining them BUT not too soon or they may just swarm again. Let the swarm stay in the temporary box for a few days to a week. Remove any queen cells from the original hive so t ...
  Topic: Laying worker advice needed
rmcpb

Replies: 14
Views: 15860

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:34 am   Subject: Laying worker advice needed
Interesting method which is worth filing away in my mind.

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: Starving bees
rmcpb

Replies: 11
Views: 11584

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:19 pm   Subject: Starving bees
What do you mean by "conversion hive"? Can you put up a photo?

Cheers
Rob.
  Topic: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
rmcpb

Replies: 11
Views: 13832

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:52 pm   Subject: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
All good suggestions above which I would follow, especially moving them for a while. You could also try a wasp bait station with some sardines or cat food as bait to tip the balance further in the bee ...
  Topic: Laying worker advice needed
rmcpb

Replies: 14
Views: 15860

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:02 am   Subject: Laying worker advice needed
Shake them out a distance away and the workers will beg their way into the good hive. The laying workers will be too fat to fly into the hive and will be left behind.

Godd luck
Rob.
  Topic: Is my hive bearding?
rmcpb

Replies: 3
Views: 5751

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:55 am   Subject: Is my hive bearding?
Happens all the time here in hot weather. Bearding is common in hot weather.

Cheers
Rob.
 
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