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  Topic: The Small Hive Project - JOIN US
Adam Rose

Replies: 1
Views: 132

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:07 pm   Subject: The Small Hive Project - JOIN US
Interesting idea. I have subscribed to the email list. I know Barbara on this forum has at least one long lived colony in a TBH of about this size.

My "Japanese" hives are free comb based ...
  Topic: Dead bees
Adam Rose

Replies: 13
Views: 606

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:27 am   Subject: Dead bees
is certainly a distinction to be made between sustainable beekeeping on the scale of the individual beekeeper and on the village/town/regional scale. I suspect that some areas are approaching maximum ...
  Topic: Dead bees
Adam Rose

Replies: 13
Views: 606

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:19 am   Subject: Dead bees
There is certainly a distinction to be made between sustainable beekeeping on the scale of the individual beekeeper and on the village/town/regional scale. I suspect that some areas are approaching m ...
  Topic: surprise bees in discarded warre
Adam Rose

Replies: 7
Views: 663

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:30 am   Subject: surprise bees in discarded warre
If they are only in the top box it would be best to take the empties away. Less volume means less to patrol and maintain giving the colony a better chance. I had a small colony in a TBH going into las ...
  Topic: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
Adam Rose

Replies: 23
Views: 11454

PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:20 am   Subject: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
Apologies for getting all philosophical at this point ...

Meanings may precede words, but society defines those meanings during the activities of our everyday life.

It IS possible to effectivel ...
  Topic: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
Adam Rose

Replies: 23
Views: 11454

PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:26 am   Subject: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
Meanings may precede words, but society defines those meanings during the activities of our everyday life.

When conventional beekeepers talk about treating their bees, they mean something very spec ...
  Topic: Buckfast bees in a mixed Apiary
Adam Rose

Replies: 3
Views: 428

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:37 pm   Subject: Buckfast bees in a mixed Apiary
Is it worth introducing a single colony of Buckfast bees into an apiary with other bees ? Won't the "Buckfast" bees just supersede and become mongrels in the first generation ? I have heard ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
Adam Rose

Replies: 14
Views: 743

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:15 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Thanks for yours Adam. Some good thoughts on how to handle things. I had to look up "shook swarm", but it seems a possible solution if comb surgery fails.

Just to clarify, I was not adv ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
Adam Rose

Replies: 14
Views: 743

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:46 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster

I started with maybe 10 bars when I installed the 3# package, evenly spaced around the center entrance and bracketed by follower boards.

This may have been too many bars. When left to themselves, ...
  Topic: Two idiotic retweets
Adam Rose

Replies: 2
Views: 455

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:11 pm   Subject: Two idiotic retweets
First, the BBKA retweeted some propaganda from Bayer:
https://twitter.com/Bayer4CropsUS/status/892015242754097152 ( look up @britishbee to find the retweet ).

Then kiwimana retweeted the following ...
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
Adam Rose

Replies: 10
Views: 1110

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:51 am   Subject: varroa-mite treatment

Most exciting was swarming, I managed to catch the prime swarm, (I was very proud of that)

Well done - it's a fantastic experience for a new beekeeper !


but to my surprise they also swarmed ...
  Topic: Podcast alert: Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge
Adam Rose

Replies: 2
Views: 1011

PostForum: The Barefoot Beekeeper - the book, the podcast and the app!   Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:09 am   Subject: Podcast alert: Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge
No link ?
  Topic: First Manchester Meeting
Adam Rose

Replies: 1
Views: 996

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:00 am   Subject: First Manchester Meeting
Hi all,

We are having our first Manchester meeting on July 16th at 2pm. Please PM if you want the location.

Adam.
  Topic: Bumble
Adam Rose

Replies: 5
Views: 738

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:51 am   Subject: Bumble
I sometimes use loft insulation as insulation in the top of my top bars. It's really excellent insulation, but bumblebees seem to like nesting in it. I don't inspect very often anyway, but one honey b ...
  Topic: final proof: human prescence in America 130.000 years ago.
Adam Rose

Replies: 2
Views: 1525

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:01 am   Subject: final proof: human prescence in America 130.000 years ago.
Thanks for posting this.

But of course these are humans, not homo sapiens sapiens, since our species didn't leave Africa until about 80,000 years ago.

Still, very interesting !
  Topic: Hive blown off roof, queen dead
Adam Rose

Replies: 5
Views: 1406

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:29 pm   Subject: Hive blown off roof, queen dead
Some of you will know Clair Meachem. Her hive was located on a garage roof on top of her garage. Unfortunately the hive was blown off the roof recently. The combs were all broken, but more importantly ...
  Topic: For lovers of our countryside.
Adam Rose

Replies: 2
Views: 1613

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:02 pm   Subject: For lovers of our countryside.
And I will be going to this : http://frackfreelancashire.org/uncategorized/anti-fracking-rally-12th-november/
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Adam Rose

Replies: 46
Views: 12111

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:51 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in Mendip Hills
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/asian-hornet-sighting-confirmed-in-mendip-hills-of-somerset-as-defra-aims-to-destroy-threat-to-bees/story-29776677-detail/story.html
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Adam Rose

Replies: 46
Views: 12111

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:11 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Ah - answered my own question. http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm?id=544 has a diagram which says :

Emergence of Sexual Adults : Mid July to November
Mating - leading to productio ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Adam Rose

Replies: 46
Views: 12111

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:02 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
They have found the nest : https://twitter.com/LondonBeeKeeper/status/782152989830152192

Does anyone know when the colony would send out queens ? In other words, is it too late ?
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Adam Rose

Replies: 46
Views: 12111

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:25 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Until I watched that, I thought I would be OK up here in Manchester, but the speaker said they would go right up into Scotland Sad
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Adam Rose

Replies: 46
Views: 12111

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:28 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Tetbury is surprisingly far north and not particularly near a major port for a first confirmed case. That suggests it's more widespread than we currently think.
  Topic: Agriculture, Food and Climate Change
Adam Rose

Replies: 0
Views: 1215

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:40 pm   Subject: Agriculture, Food and Climate Change
A video from the Marxism 2016 conference on Agriculture, Food and Climate Change : https://youtu.be/JtzrARmewP8, including a 3 minute contribution from yours truly at 39.05, just after the visually im ...
  Topic: Transfering colony from layens to warre.
Adam Rose

Replies: 5
Views: 2418

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:27 am   Subject: Transfering colony from layens to warre.
I have two points to make, one about timing and the other about the mechanics of doing a crop and chop between the two hives. And then I'm going to suggest an alternative !

1. Timing

In the UK, ...
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
Adam Rose

Replies: 9
Views: 3454

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:54 pm   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?

I don't know what is going on but I'm going to stick a super on them this weekend and just double check them.

Just a question about this : why are you sticking on a super ? Have they completely f ...
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
Adam Rose

Replies: 9
Views: 3454

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:35 pm   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?
A useful link : http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/supersedure.html
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
Adam Rose

Replies: 9
Views: 3454

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:31 pm   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?
Yes, it's a supercedure. It's perfectly normal at this time of year. For whatever reason, they have decided they want a new queen for the winter. You will end up with a better queen. Are you also seei ...
  Topic: Ants
Adam Rose

Replies: 18
Views: 5056

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:33 pm   Subject: Ants
You might be interested in this : http://honeybeesuite.com/ants-beehive-help-your-colony/.
  Topic: Ants
Adam Rose

Replies: 18
Views: 5056

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:08 am   Subject: Ants
Are you feeding your bees at the moment ? Often the main cause of ants in the hive is feeding sugar syrup.
  Topic: Supersedure question
Adam Rose

Replies: 4
Views: 2426

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:23 pm   Subject: Supersedure question
First of all, congratulations on spotting an unmarked virgin queen ! That's not at all easy in my experience. I usually don't see the queen at all when I inspect.

You say there are no eggs in the h ...
 
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