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  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
AndyC

Replies: 56
Views: 13205

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:44 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I have a kids fishing net on a pole that works pretty well.
Its about 300mm diameter.

Wasps are pretty easy to catch but hornets see you coming. Surprised

I am going to have some baited traps handy ...
  Topic: Straw Skep
AndyC

Replies: 0
Views: 147

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:48 am   Subject: Straw Skep
Making skeps is habit forming .....

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  Topic: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
AndyC

Replies: 11
Views: 471

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:57 pm   Subject: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
Not as messy as one I had above head height in several sections of a front door entrance canopy with multiple combs bridging the rafters.
Honey dripping down, multiple entrances and the lady of the h ...
  Topic: Skep Hive - "Down Under" style
AndyC

Replies: 4
Views: 189

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:50 pm   Subject: Skep Hive - "Down Under" style
My first skep.

I call it a regional variation. . . . . . .

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mw4xor1oabwo8ai/2017-10-29%2007.49.22.jpg?dl=0
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
AndyC

Replies: 56
Views: 13205

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:51 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I have used a bit more than just a single branch.

The Japanese bees have lived with this for millions of years and the beekeepers for as long as they have been keeping bees in hives, so I guess bot ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
AndyC

Replies: 56
Views: 13205

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:12 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I had read that stopping them hovering is a good deterrent. I think the more things the better.
I had thought of a wall of strings dangling down but grass sounds better. The hive is on gravel but I ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
AndyC

Replies: 56
Views: 13205

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:05 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
I let the grass and weeds grow in front of the hives right up against the landing boards/fronts as my apiary is near a farmhouse and they had a native hornet colony in a shed roof and they were hangin ...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:44 am   Subject: nucs this week
Great explanation of the cut and shut method Barbara.

A sticky without doubt.

Not sure its for newbies and any brave souls that bite that particular bullet, should get a medal. IMHO.

The abs ...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:39 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Heh Barbara have I gone off at an angle?

Did Gizmo not say in post one he has two Lang NUCs and a an empty TBH?

And now a NUC and a Lang brood box plus an empty TBH.

I thought he meant how d ...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:48 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Hi Bill and gday 2u

Dont think we are crossing purposes.

My understanding is gizmo has a nuc on Langs and wants them in a TBH.

The methods of doing that is what we were posting on.

IME a ...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:10 am   Subject: nucs this week
Given the supplier beleived the nucs were crowded I would have thought
your suggestion was the first option, together with cobbling the nuc brood
frames into the TBH, temporarily. The guy must have ...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:09 pm   Subject: nucs this week
hey andyC

yes, we have read about the method you are describing.

last week we inspected the hive and located the queen. next visit we mark her.

cheers.....
gizmo

If your going to catch an ...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:05 am   Subject: nucs this week
Another simpler option comes to mind although I have not tried it is to remove an outside frame or two from the nuc, make a gap in the centre and put top bars in there.
And keep doing that until all ...
  Topic: smoker fuel
AndyC

Replies: 9
Views: 1015

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:42 pm   Subject: smoker fuel
sorry for my english....Im not native Englishman Smile

I wrote in translator "prachnive drevo" and it found:
brittle wood
punk wood
rotten wood

than Ive put these three one by one in ...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:42 am   Subject: nucs this week
It may work.
I tried putting a nuc of bees under a TBH with an adaptor plate between them and six bars of space.
Left it for four weeks and no sign of wax building in the tbh.
Left it another four ...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:14 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Heh Gizmo

Yep understood. I have not had any success with getting girls to take up residence in any empty hive either above or below their current home hence my mentioning the alternate methods.
...
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:07 am   Subject: nucs this week
Seems a shame to get them all settled and then transfer the whole colony and end up with an empty Langstroth and however you do that it is a lot of faffing about when you could do a split into the TBH ...
  Topic: smoker fuel
AndyC

Replies: 9
Views: 1015

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:55 pm   Subject: smoker fuel
Excuse my ignorance but don't know the term punk wood.
Just looked it up and not much the wiser.
Is it just partly rotten wood of those tress you mention?
  Topic: nucs this week
AndyC

Replies: 36
Views: 2287

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:36 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Hiya

So now it starts . . .

If your aim is honey then I would leave them in the Langstroth and use supers and foundation so it can be harvested easily, when they are ready, take a split into th ...
  Topic: Effectiveness of VSH trait?
AndyC

Replies: 2
Views: 400

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:41 am   Subject: Effectiveness of VSH trait?
I don't think the question is very fair.

The measure is not survival.

I voted no, but then I don't let colonies die out without doing something about it, VSH queens or not.

For the average ho ...
  Topic: Early cold weather- need feeding advice!
AndyC

Replies: 3
Views: 758

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:45 am   Subject: Early cold weather- need feeding advice!
I have been using the Tetrapak feeder in my TBH.

Fill a Tetrapak with granulated sugar and top up to the bottom of the cap hole with as much hot water as it will hold.

Close and shake.

Leave ...
  Topic: Dead bees
AndyC

Replies: 13
Views: 950

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:02 am   Subject: Dead bees
Maybe the key sentence in that link is this one?

One quickly appreciates that extensive beekeeping is most viable where natural environments have not been degraded and population pressures of the h ...
  Topic: Dead bees
AndyC

Replies: 13
Views: 950

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:35 pm   Subject: Dead bees
Ok so maybe my experience is being repeated.

I believe there is evidence of the loss of wild areas and an increase in intensive farming.

My own observation suggest these large mono culture field ...
  Topic: Dead bees
AndyC

Replies: 13
Views: 950

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:54 am   Subject: Dead bees
I am beginning to come round to the conclusion that this is a competition issue.

My established hives are pretty well behaved, it's the newly established colonies that can get touchy and it seems t ...
  Topic: Dead bees
AndyC

Replies: 13
Views: 950

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:07 pm   Subject: Dead bees
Some time early July, August, mid-September - now all bees dead. So - a colony which survived for maybe 8 or 9 weeks ?

Question: was there a laying queen included in the package ? i.e. was capped ...
  Topic: Dead bees
AndyC

Replies: 13
Views: 950

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:45 am   Subject: Dead bees
Sad day. Sorry to hear of the loss.

Sounds like loss of queen and/or robbing out.

Apart from the dead bees what else can you see especially on the combs and floor of the hive?
  Topic: smoker fuel
AndyC

Replies: 9
Views: 1015

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:03 pm   Subject: smoker fuel
I find smoke tends to panic the bees rather than calming them.

Sprayed rainwater on the other hand is just part of life's rich tapestry for them.

When I rarely do use smoke for feisty bee manage ...
  Topic: Varroa carcasses
AndyC

Replies: 2
Views: 317

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:08 am   Subject: Varroa carcasses
You clearly have an infestation as the sugar treatment has shown but if the bees are killing them what's the hurry?

Is there any DWV?

Speculation about who is doing what to whom and where is not ...
  Topic: Varroa treatment.
AndyC

Replies: 8
Views: 5752

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:26 am   Subject: Varroa treatment.
The oxalix acid vaporiser treatment using a battery is quick, simple, effective, needs little equipment and works if applied at the right time.
Same beeks I know treat three or four times a few week ...
  Topic: Yet another beevac design.
AndyC

Replies: 10
Views: 1815

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:23 pm   Subject: Yet another beevac design.
Works well now,
The problem was the hose and the inlet connector into the box for the bees.
Using a smooth bore hose and straight inlet very few bees killed.
So I will count that a success.
 
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