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  Topic: Voice Controlled Beekeeping Inspection App in Beta
AugustC

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:05 pm   Subject: Voice Controlled Beekeeping Inspection App in Beta
I will download and give it a try but I don't have many more inspections this year as things are winding down a bit.

augustcottageapiary.co.uk
  Topic: math modeling of honeycomb construction
AugustC

Replies: 1
Views: 1679

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:00 pm   Subject: math modeling of honeycomb construction
closest hive type would probably be the sun hive. Do some searches online and you should be able to find the dimensions. I believe it was originally designed by an artist.
  Topic: Transfering colony from layens to warre.
AugustC

Replies: 5
Views: 2620

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:32 am   Subject: Transfering colony from layens to warre.
I think that is a sensible choice. The very best time to do any transfer is in spring when the colony is actively engaged in growth. At this time of year they are looking to consolidate ready for wint ...
  Topic: Transferring frames to TBH
AugustC

Replies: 17
Views: 10032

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:19 pm   Subject: Transferring frames to TBH
I have had success using masking tape.
You create girdle or swing for the comb with it extended up over the topbar. The bees attach the comb and then chew off the masking tape and remove it themselve ...
  Topic: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
AugustC

Replies: 5
Views: 2889

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:12 pm   Subject: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
Hi there,
@AugustC: Does your experience with the periscope entrance indicate it is a good or bad idea? I guess you mean it seems to be a good idea at least from a straight comb standpoint?

BR,
g ...
  Topic: Top bar Beekeeping Course - Sat 13th August
AugustC

Replies: 0
Views: 1547

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:59 pm   Subject: Top bar Beekeeping Course - Sat 13th August
Hi All

There are still places available for the one day top bar beekeeping course at Peat Rigg in Cropton (near Pickering), North Yorkshire.

http://augustcottageapiary.co.uk/training/top-bar-one ...
  Topic: New queen drone layer, but emergency queen cell present.
AugustC

Replies: 1
Views: 2466

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:20 pm   Subject: New queen drone layer, but emergency queen cell present.
Adding eggs to the hive and providing the opportunity to raise a new queen is absolutely the right thing to do to rescue the colony. If you could remove the drone layer then so much the better.

You ...
  Topic: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
AugustC

Replies: 5
Views: 2889

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:57 pm   Subject: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)
The chief cause of problems is solutions - Eric Sevareid


I think you could achieve the option of cold way and warm way by simply drilling a hole in the side and on the end as an choice for you. Y ...
  Topic: Adding Frames and Harvest Management
AugustC

Replies: 2
Views: 2959

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:30 am   Subject: Adding Frames and Harvest Management
For a swarm add bars to the outside of the nest only not into in between the brood bars the way you might for an established colony to expand their brood nest and suppress swarming. Let them expand at ...
  Topic: Are they doing this on purpose ?
AugustC

Replies: 21
Views: 6218

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:12 am   Subject: Are they doing this on purpose ?
I really think the whole move them 3 miles then back malachy is so much a**e gravy. On reflection, that seems harsh Smile

What I mean is, I think when you move them a short distance you are very aware ...
  Topic: Are they doing this on purpose ?
AugustC

Replies: 21
Views: 6218

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:54 am   Subject: Are they doing this on purpose ?
Bearding in hot climates is more usually to do with heat (and humidity) in the UK, especially in the north, this rarely an issue so it is more likely pre-swarming behaviour. I don't know what your cli ...
  Topic: Baiting a hive...when...what season?
AugustC

Replies: 2
Views: 2042

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:43 am   Subject: Baiting a hive...when...what season?
If short if the hive is empty bait it as soon as bees are flying until they aren't.

Just keep half an eye to wax moth and wasp.

best of luck
  Topic: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
AugustC

Replies: 10
Views: 4079

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:12 am   Subject: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
cables ties and duct tape are essential items in a beekeepers toolkit...in everyone's toolkit actually!
  Topic: Natural Beekeeping Course - Cropton, North Yorkshire
AugustC

Replies: 5
Views: 3031

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:09 pm   Subject: Natural Beekeeping Course - Cropton, North Yorkshire
Hi Folks

I am have been given a date of the 13th August for a day training course on Top Bar beekeeping. This is pitched to be suitable for new beekeepers or those already using other hive types (s ...
  Topic: Building a Top Bar Hive from the plans...measurements?
AugustC

Replies: 3
Views: 2148

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:29 pm   Subject: Building a Top Bar Hive from the plans...measurements?
well spotted, yes.
The follower needs to be cut to the profile of the bottom. If you are using mesh you will need to cut a curve in the end of the board to accommodate the bulge of the mesh.
  Topic: Anyone have Top Bar hives in the San Francisco Bay Area?
AugustC

Replies: 4
Views: 2945

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:45 pm   Subject: Re: Anyone have Top Bar hives in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Hi everyone,
Questions I have off the top of my head:
1) screened bottom board or solid? I've read arguments for both, and was wondering what your experience is.
2) Would you put your entrance at ...
  Topic: Breeding but hardly honey
AugustC

Replies: 1
Views: 1659

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:49 am   Subject: Breeding but hardly honey
It really depends why you are beekeeping.
Nationals and Langstroths are honey farming factories. Managed conventionally they apply huge amount of demand on the bees to fill cavities above them. Healt ...
  Topic: varroa mite treatment for new bee's.
AugustC

Replies: 11
Views: 5395

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:41 am   Subject: varroa mite treatment for new bee's.
honestly that far in I would consider leaving them until after they swarmed, hoping to catch the swarm OR split off the current queen and some brood, and leave in place for the foragers. Then move the ...
  Topic: Queen but no brood
AugustC

Replies: 7
Views: 3119

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:34 am   Subject: Queen but no brood
Hi, usually a colony with a "failing" queen would be perfectly capable of superceding her. One good egg and they're away. A younger queen who has run out of fertilised eggs would lay drones ...
  Topic: Natural Beekeeping Course - Cropton, North Yorkshire
AugustC

Replies: 5
Views: 3031

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:54 pm   Subject: Natural Beekeeping Course - Cropton, North Yorkshire
I am trying to lock in the 13th August. It is just whether it is too short notice for booking. I would really like to get it going though. I already have the content shorted so it is just the booking ...
  Topic: Natural Beekeeping Course - Cropton, North Yorkshire
AugustC

Replies: 5
Views: 3031

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:00 pm   Subject: Natural Beekeeping Course - Cropton, North Yorkshire
I think I will perhaps look at doing a one day in the first instance in mid-august. I don't think this will clash with anyone elses' courses.

In the future, there is the option for doing residentia ...
  Topic: varroa mite treatment for new bee's.
AugustC

Replies: 11
Views: 5395

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:58 pm   Subject: varroa mite treatment for new bee's.
Hi Justin

I agree with Barbara (it is usually hard not to) one would not usually pay for a swarm. That said even the weakest swarms can recover and make good. I would give them a sugar dusting. Buy ...
  Topic: Natural Beekeeping Course - Cropton, North Yorkshire
AugustC

Replies: 5
Views: 3031

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:19 am   Subject: Natural Beekeeping Course - Cropton, North Yorkshire
Hi Folks

I have been asked by an outdoor education centre if I would be interested in putting together a beekeeping course for them. I have said that if I did it would be based around top bar hive ...
  Topic: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
AugustC

Replies: 10
Views: 4079

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:38 pm   Subject: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
it is strong... just very very bendy
  Topic: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
AugustC

Replies: 10
Views: 4079

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:53 am   Subject: The Transfer to TBH gets off to a mixed start
Hi BSJ

I am sorry not everything is going to plan.
btw the way another good thing about using the full round top bar guides is that you can squish the new made wax around them rather than use hang ...
  Topic: Planting to compete with rye grass
AugustC

Replies: 0
Views: 2356

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:13 am   Subject: Planting to compete with rye grass
It has been a while since I asked a question so thought I would dive back in.

Where I keep my bees is the edge of farmer's field. The grass there get very tall and seems to have a growth rate outst ...
  Topic: Excessive drones after a TBH split
AugustC

Replies: 4
Views: 2360

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:01 am   Subject: Excessive drones after a TBH split
Tricky.. is there any brood?
eggs or larvae

Sometimes following a split there can appear to be a lot of drone brood or drones as they are the last ones to hatch out. BUT if a queen has failed to m ...
  Topic: Recipe for Shellac coating for inside my topbar
AugustC

Replies: 1
Views: 2043

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:57 am   Subject: Recipe for Shellac coating for inside my topbar
You may be in danger of gilding the lily.
There is very little you need to do, in the long run they will propolise the inside themselves. If it was winter and you were getting it ready for next year ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
AugustC

Replies: 18
Views: 6529

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:49 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
are you able to split in the same hive?
this is quite handy if you have never done a split before as you can easily recombine if things don't go well.

You'll need entrances at each end and two fol ...
  Topic: Warre .. bottom box.
AugustC

Replies: 4
Views: 2363

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:44 pm   Subject: Warre .. bottom box.
if the comb in the bottom box is completely empty then you "could" take out a few combs and put them in the middle of a third box ready in case they build up enough to want a third box. The ...
 
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