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  Topic: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:52 pm   Subject: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Crude oil is nothing more than the remains of decomposed marine organisms which died millions of years ago. So how is it that crude oil and it's products are not considered organic ?
Colin
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  Topic: smoker fuel
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:23 pm   Subject: smoker fuel
Interesting - unfortunately I don't have a supply of onions ... !

What I do have is lots of sawdust and shavings, and so that's what I burn in the smoker. I've discovered one guaranteed way of sta ...
  Topic: Dead bees
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:55 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: Underfloor wasp trap
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:41 pm   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Since reading about this wasp trap here on Biobees, I've discovered that there is indeed a roughly similar type of commercial trap - it's called the ApiShield, and is currently being marketed principa ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:36 am   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
An interesting and novel idea. Most effective anti-wasp measures are directed towards eliminating 'wasp-scouts' that approach the apiary from down-wind, so it's refreshing to see somebody 'thinking o ...
  Topic: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
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PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:11 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.

It IS possible to effectively pre-define a meaning for society by coining a new, unique wo ...
  Topic: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
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PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:36 am   Subject: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
Hi Phil. In your reply of 27 Aug., you appear to be focussing on the 'contents of the jar', so to speak, whereas I had been rather more focussing on 'the label on the jar'.


With regard to whethe ...
  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:26 pm   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Barbara's explanation is good.

The 'home bees' find these screens something of an inconvenience at first, until they learn the route around the mesh (in my case, usually 'over' the mesh) and thus ...
  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:48 am   Subject: Re: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Does it sound like they were / are being robbed ? I was going to stop feeding today and then check stores at the weekend - if still empty I was going to assume being robbed.
If so, is there anything ...
  Topic: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
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PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:00 am   Subject: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
'Treatment-free' will continue to be a loose term, unless it can be pinned to definition that is widely agreed upon, which, judging by the many conversations I have seen and heard - including this one ...
  Topic: Fondant
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:04 pm   Subject: Fondant
If you have a weak colony, then you need to keep the brood areas open in order that they can raise several cycles of brood between now and the onset of cold weather. So - a small amount of syrup - eno ...
  Topic: 'Making Increase' without Splits.
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:00 pm   Subject: 'Making Increase' without Splits.
Just the quickest of posts. As some of you may may know, I'm now running multi-queen hives in which increase can be made without any need to make splits; which eliminate the need to have mating nucs; ...
  Topic: Making a Long Hive - no plans required.
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:31 pm   Subject: Making a Long Hive - no plans required.
That's a great build BBC.

Thank you - appreciated. I've just popped in and am catching up with posts.

Mark - re: the 100mm gap - if it should tempt the girls to draw comb there, perhaps the easi ...
  Topic: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:51 pm   Subject: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
Colin - what happened to your "Heretic's Guide" site? Have you moved it?

Hello Phil - I've been 'out of the loop' for a while now - have just dropped by ...

The old website was working ...
  Topic: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:10 pm   Subject: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
It has become clear to me that deeper combs are more desirable, and in view of this I've started a one-hive experiment with 14"x14" frames which provide the same comb area as those of the Mo ...
  Topic: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:31 pm   Subject: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
Preposterous & scandalous - according to your website, you're asking £185 for a contraption which could be put together out of scrap for nothing - and - it hasn't even been tested.

I'm very sur ...
  Topic: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:06 pm   Subject: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
A quick update on this hive, which has been running now for 2 seasons - and has exceeded all of my expectations.

'Normal' beehive comb layout is generally considered to be an oval-shaped brood pa ...
  Topic: Scaffolding plank hive
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:59 am   Subject: Scaffolding plank hive
I've been making Long Hives (can take frames or top bars) from scaffold boards for some time now - it's a very good choice of material. Old, condemned boards are fine - I fill any cracks with automoti ...
  Topic: Mixing raw propolis with honey
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:34 pm   Subject: Mixing raw propolis with honey
if I understood correctly, bees can't recycle wax, right? Can they recycle propolis?

Thought I'd revive this thread rather than starting a new one ...

They can recycle wax, though usually don't ...
  Topic: open mesh floor and ants
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:01 pm   Subject: open mesh floor and ants
Every single one of my hives (*) has an Open Mesh Floor - I consider them essential in order to provide adequate ventilation. The only time they are closed (by a slide or similar) is during Oxalic Ac ...
  Topic: Gaps between follower board and floor
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:49 am   Subject: Gaps between follower board and floor
I don't normally post in the Top Bar Hive section, as I don't run Top Bars ... but ... I spotted your thread title and it coincided with something I've worked with in the past with my framed Long Hive ...
  Topic: The 'Framed Top-Bar'
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:16 pm   Subject: The 'Framed Top-Bar'
Barbara - I've sent you a PM - Colin
  Topic: The 'Framed Top-Bar'
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 3:11 pm   Subject: The 'Framed Top-Bar'
That is called a 'frame'.

The whole point of top bar hives is that you don't need to use frames...

I didn't post this in the Top Bar sub-forum.

It is NOT a 'frame' - it is a Framed Top-Bar - ...
  Topic: The 'Framed Top-Bar'
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:39 am   Subject: The 'Framed Top-Bar'
I had planned on making Delon-style wire frames for my 14x12 Long Hive - but discovered that the bees I have are not at all troubled by the presence of wire, and that they had simply built their combs ...
  Topic: Varroa Control: Areas w/ year-round brood rearing
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:10 pm   Subject: Varroa Control: Areas w/ year-round brood rearing
One of the principle meanings of 'natural' is "existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind". Apart from allowing bees to build their own comb without foundation - i.e ...
  Topic: Varroa Control: Areas w/ year-round brood rearing
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:09 pm   Subject: Varroa Control: Areas w/ year-round brood rearing
as this is a natural keeping forum, I'll start with why do you feel the need to treat at all, why not let the bees sort themselves out? after all, they seem to cope pretty fine without us.


There' ...
  Topic: SHB - may have reached Switzerland ...
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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:43 am   Subject: SHB - may have reached Switzerland ...
These were no Small Hive Beetle - the state laboratory annuls the alert.

I've heard one importer (who's claiming lost sales as a result of this) complaining that the alert was an over-reaction and ...
  Topic: Invert syrup
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:59 pm   Subject: Invert syrup
It might be worth pointing out that the natural food of the honey bee is nectar, and "Nectar chemistry is dominated by three simple sugars: the disaccharide sucrose and its component monosacchari ...
  Topic: SHB - may have reached Switzerland ...
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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:39 am   Subject: SHB - may have reached Switzerland ...
It looks almost certain that SHB has now reached Switzerland. Still to be officially confirmed, but the evidence looks very convincing.

For more info (in German) :
http://www.urnerwochenblatt.ch/a ...
  Topic: keeping big red ants out of my hives ?
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:22 pm   Subject: keeping big red ants out of my hives ?
If their only means of access is via touching foliage, then you might want to consider mulching around the base of each hive ? And, as trekmate has suggested, adding a few handfuls of wood ash to the ...
 
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