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  Topic: conference 'learning from the bees' in the Netherlands
Adriaan

Replies: 0
Views: 739

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:50 am   Subject: conference 'learning from the bees' in the Netherlands
https://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/conference

The natural beekeeping trust is organising a conference 'learning from the bees' in Holland.

Lots of inspiring speakers (amongst others Thomas S ...
  Topic: Incoming Swarm !!!
Adriaan

Replies: 6
Views: 3790

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:51 am   Subject: Incoming Swarm !!!
Congratulations with the new arrival Patrick,

and thank you.

It surely warms my heart to see this video on this cold, wet and windy sunday morning in central-Belgium.

Out here we will have to ...
  Topic: Early Feb Removal from under mobile home in Florida
Adriaan

Replies: 3
Views: 3305

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:33 am   Subject: Early Feb Removal from under mobile home in Florida
I like these video's a lot. Very skillfully job.

Congratulations

Adriaan
  Topic: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Adriaan

Replies: 15
Views: 10949

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:45 pm   Subject: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
This is a difficult situation. Transferring honey filled comb is a messy business.
If the builders are going ahead with this you have little choice but to perform the cut out.

my advice would be: ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet News Update
Adriaan

Replies: 6
Views: 8555

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:19 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet News Update
Monitoring traps are best used in early spring when the young queens go out to find energie rich food to help them build an embryonic nest. This nest is not very high off the ground.
Somewhat later ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet News Update
Adriaan

Replies: 6
Views: 8555

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:39 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet News Update
The asian hornet situation in Belgium is possibly even worse. In 2017 at least 7 nests have been identified and destroyed, mostly in the south-west.
Two of them were not found untill late autumn and ...
  Topic: Orientation flight with my mouth kept shut
Adriaan

Replies: 6
Views: 4150

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:56 am   Subject: Orientation flight with my mouth kept shut
I've found out that the aquarium hive with the cover has been a magnificent shield against hive beetles.

Hi Patrick,

Can you explain?

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: easy mead making
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 1381

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:30 pm   Subject: easy mead making
Hi all,

Last weekend I bottled 12 liter of mead. This was a first for me and I bassicaly followed the instructions in this youtube video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMeSGNBOUP8&t=457s

I used ...
  Topic: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
Adriaan

Replies: 12
Views: 5257

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:44 am   Subject: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
Hi Patrick,

Thanks for the video, impressive work, not too messy considering everything.

I do envy you for living in such a bee-active place. I never got the chance to do a cut out myself.

a ...
  Topic: Skep Hive - "Down Under" style
Adriaan

Replies: 4
Views: 1644

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:47 pm   Subject: Skep Hive - "Down Under" style
congratulations Bill,

Well done. It looks good. What materials did you use?
cow dung will rain of here in Belgium too if not under a roof.

What volume is the hive? Traditionally the volume is ...
  Topic: Cordovan color shades?
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 7872

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:23 am   Subject: Cordovan color shades?
Hi Boarbuster,

and welcome to the forum.
I am an experienced beekeeper and also still on my learning curve Very Happy .

I have no experience with the cordovan strain of ligustica bees, my understandin ...
  Topic: smoker fuel
Adriaan

Replies: 10
Views: 10798

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:03 pm   Subject: smoker fuel
Hi All,

When working with my bees I prefere to use smoke (moderately) to calm down the bees, it is volatile so bees don't have to work hard to get rid of it after the job is done (instead of water ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
Adriaan

Replies: 11
Views: 3147

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:49 am   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Hi Johno,

I can understand badgers being attracted to wasp ground nests: the grubs provide a great source of fat and protein (If you can stand the horror of being stung hundreds of times).

A lo ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
Adriaan

Replies: 11
Views: 3147

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:35 am   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Hi Johno,

Nice design definitely worth a try when the need occurs.

However: adult wasps prey on insects exclusively to feed their grubs and use their mandibles in this process. They don't eat in ...
  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
Adriaan

Replies: 10
Views: 5172

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:43 pm   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
@andy pearce

Drones from laying workers are haploid just like drones from eggs layed by the queen.
Diploid drones only form when a fertilized egg is homozygous on the complementary sex determiner ...
  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
Adriaan

Replies: 10
Views: 5172

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:49 pm   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
Hi Beegraham,

Although I was unable to view the picture, I think it is of no use to try and save this collony. Laying workers and their brood produce queen feromones, so the collony does not consid ...
  Topic: Pre-swarm split - how many swarm cells to leave?
Adriaan

Replies: 7
Views: 2833

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:23 pm   Subject: Pre-swarm split - how many swarm cells to leave?
I agree with Jetam: just leave 1 big beautiful queencell.

In Holland where I was first thought beekeeping they had the so called 'Aalster beekeepingmethode'. It was based on making splits in sprin ...
  Topic: Removal from pipe fitting - Mulberry, FL 5-19-17
Adriaan

Replies: 4
Views: 4348

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 6:00 am   Subject: Removal from pipe fitting - Mulberry, FL 5-19-17
well done and thanks for sharing

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: Rhubarb
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 2346

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 3:05 pm   Subject: Rhubarb
Hi All,

On my vegetable farm we have a small field of rhubarb (15x40m) that is old and due to be cleared after this years harvest. Normally we remove all the flowerbuds as flowering rhubarb produce ...
  Topic: final proof: human prescence in America 130.000 years ago.
Adriaan

Replies: 2
Views: 3033

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:57 am   Subject: final proof: human prescence in America 130.000 years ago.
Not bee related but very exciting proof of human prescence in America 130.000 years ago. Untill now most scolars would not accept a date earlier then 15.000 years before present.

https://www.scienc ...
  Topic: Yet another beevac design.
Adriaan

Replies: 10
Views: 3819

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:35 am   Subject: Yet another beevac design.
Hi Andy,

So far no damage to the bees, Its is important that you reduce the suction using the valve on the vaccuum cleaner hose.

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: Yet another beevac design.
Adriaan

Replies: 10
Views: 3819

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:21 pm   Subject: Yet another beevac design.
Hi Andy,

Last year I wanted to make a beevac and looked at many different designs. Then I realised that I have a wood stove cleaner and can use that as a beevac.

It is a simple 25 liter metal bu ...
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Adriaan

Replies: 13
Views: 4905

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:59 pm   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Hi Biobee,

I say let the forum stay: allthough I don't reply very often, I do look for new posts on a 'nearly' daily basis. I enjoy reading them and learning from them.

A mild update might be a ...
  Topic: Off Season Hive Building
Adriaan

Replies: 3
Views: 3833

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:03 pm   Subject: Off Season Hive Building
Hi Sam,

what do you mean by 'off season'? This is hive building season Very Happy

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
Adriaan

Replies: 5
Views: 3566

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:53 pm   Subject: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
Hi Sam,

Is the lecture on youtube? I would love to see it too.

I like the idea of propolis covering the inside, in fact the word propolis literally means 'for the city' or more freely translated ...
  Topic: For my grand mother
Adriaan

Replies: 8
Views: 4465

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:20 am   Subject: For my grand mother
Hi 4nd73jj,

Welcome to the forum, it is a bit slow sometimes but I hope you get the help you need. I guess one is never to old to start something new.

My best advice is to read a lot and to seek ...
  Topic: Strange strange!
Adriaan

Replies: 4
Views: 4030

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:52 pm   Subject: posting pictures
Hi Beeb,

I am sorry but I didn't manage to uppload pictures today. Maybe the moderator can help us out?

Friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: new studie on pesticides
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 2850

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:56 am   Subject: new studie on pesticides
Hi All,

New studie finds that the number of different pesticides found in a hive predicts collony death or queen failure, eventhough none of the chemicals by themselves reach critical levels.

ww ...
  Topic: Strange strange!
Adriaan

Replies: 4
Views: 4030

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:04 am   Subject: Strange strange!
Hi Beeb,

There is no telling what that is without the picture and even then...
One of the things that comes to mind is a predator and its prey or that it is indeed a mating couple that somehow got ...
  Topic: Musings on a Survivor Hive
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 4571

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:16 am   Subject: survivor bees
nice, thanks,

friendly greetings

Adriaan
 
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