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  Topic: transfer
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 695

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 6:58 pm   Subject: transfer
You are shying away from the chop and crop when in reality it is far easier for both you and the bees. The frames are very stable, which means it is far easier to shake the bees off them into the new ...
  Topic: transfer
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 695

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 3:04 pm   Subject: transfer
Hi

I think it is a risk. That brood might just get abandoned. Have you checked the brood on the super frames. You often find that there is a lot of drone brood when you run them at a one and a half ...
  Topic: Free Swarms for "Ethical" TBH BK's
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 232

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 2:47 pm   Subject: Free Swarms for "Ethical" TBH BK's
Same here. Good to know that there are other folks around the country doing this. I started the year worrying what I was going to do with all my swarms this year, but my swarm list is now long enough ...
  Topic: Cell Cappings
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 162

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 3:40 pm   Subject: Cell Cappings
Hi
It is great that you are so observant of entrance activity..... for me this is such an important aspect of beekeeping that many people with "out apiaries" miss.
Removing debris from th ...
  Topic: Badgers
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 300

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon May 07, 2018 10:50 am   Subject: Badgers
Badgers certainly can be a threat to hives and it is as well to bear that in mind when constructing them, particularly if you know badgers frequent the area. Not saying they definitely will target the ...
  Topic: One dead and one almost dead collony.
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 254

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 7:05 pm   Subject: One dead and one almost dead collony.
Hi Duncan

So sorry to hear that your colonies have failed. If it is any consolation you are not alone. Bridget posted a week or so ago to say she had suffered huge losses this year. I lost one and ...
  Topic: Reuse comb that bees died in through starvation
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 453

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:35 pm   Subject: Reuse comb that bees died in through starvation
For what it is worth I agree. If this was a feral colony there would be no beekeeper to clean it up for them, and it is much easier work for them to clean it up and remove the dead bees (even mouldy d ...
  Topic: entrances
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 449

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:20 pm   Subject: entrances
Hi
Unless there is a very strong nectar flow, I wouldn't open a hole in the middle. Are they laying down significant nectar stores yet. I'm going to be doing my first inspection of the season in the ...
  Topic: Queen cells
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 506

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:30 am   Subject: Queen cells
Sounds like they might be swarm cells in that case and if they are capped you may have a swarm imminent or probably lost one by now. The swarm will usually leave as the first queen cells are capped. I ...
  Topic: What are some good bee plants???
Barbara

Replies: 19
Views: 35725

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:57 am   Subject: What are some good bee plants???
I agree Hannah that planting bulbs for very early in the season is particularly important because the bees cannot fly far on the cooler winter days, so snowdrops and crocus close to the hives can be v ...
  Topic: Yet another aquarium top bar hive update 4-15-18
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 383

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:43 am   Subject: Yet another aquarium top bar hive update 4-15-18
Wow, they are booming Patrick. Can't believe the queen made an appearance twice!
It's looking a bit steamy in there now. Is there any condensation puddling on the floor. I see that they are starting ...
  Topic: Queen cells
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 506

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:32 am   Subject: Queen cells
Hi

How strong is the population in this hive? Is it a single brood box or a brood box and super? Is the hive chock a block with brood and honey and teaming with bees or is there some empty comb and ...
  Topic: transfer
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 695

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:48 am   Subject: transfer
Hi

How big are your National Colonies? ie. single brood box or brood box and a super?
Completely transferring an established colony is not a small task and if you do a chop and crop you will be t ...
  Topic: Bee forage
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 302

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:16 am   Subject: Bee forage
Hi

The thing to bear in mind when planting for honey bees is that because they are social insects and communicate with each other regarding a good source of pollen and/or nectar, they tend to go fo ...
  Topic: Top Bar
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 1717

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:54 pm   Subject: Top Bar
Hi and welcome.

The "Sales and Wants" section might be a good place to post.
  Topic: Any natural beekeepers in Tyneside/South east Northumberland
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 16545

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:34 pm   Subject: Any natural beekeepers in Tyneside/South east Northumberland
Please do not even contemplate a package. They are contrary to everything that we strive towards on this forum and I would be happy to supply you with a swarm. I have replied to your PM but will send ...
  Topic: Any natural beekeepers in Tyneside/South east Northumberland
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 16545

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:56 pm   Subject: Any natural beekeepers in Tyneside/South east Northumberland
Hi Nixong15 and welcome

I am right on your doorstep in Ebchester. I have top bar hives and conventional framed hives, but lean very much towards "natural" beekeeping. I have helped a few ...
  Topic: Incoming Swarm !!!
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 4025

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:42 am   Subject: Incoming Swarm !!!
Yep, I think I see her now. Your queens are so different to my dark queens, there is no way you would be able to spot one of mine like that.
Good to hear that you have not experienced problems with y ...
  Topic: See through follower
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 3128

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:45 pm   Subject: See through follower
Hi John

It is probably not worth the effort or expense of having the glass cut to size for that purpose. Moving the follower board back to have a look causes minimal disruption to a TBH. That is th ...
  Topic: Incoming Swarm !!!
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 4025

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:47 am   Subject: Incoming Swarm !!!
Patrick, thanks so much for posting these. It is great to get a bee fix whilst ours are still tucked up. My eyesight must be getting poor as I failed to see the queen in the hive. I'm guessing you did ...
  Topic: Update on aquarium/observation hive - 3-7-18
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 5300

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:16 pm   Subject: Update on aquarium/observation hive - 3-7-18
Thanks for the update Patrick. They are looking good. I'm pleased to see that the condensation I was concerned might be a problem, has not materialised. When I've used plastic planters here in the UK ...
  Topic: Making top bar hive
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 3624

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:03 pm   Subject: Making top bar hive
Hi again Mike

I've used all sorts to make TBHs including a veneered chipboard corner cabinet and tongued and grooved wood panelling that I reclaimed from a shop refit (it was quite thin, like wains ...
  Topic: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Barbara

Replies: 15
Views: 11828

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:06 pm   Subject: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
They are most likely collecting moisture from the leaves. Watch out for them taking pollen in and note what colour. There are pollen colour charts (like DIY store paint charts) online which you can us ...
  Topic: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Barbara

Replies: 15
Views: 11828

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:52 am   Subject: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
That is great news. Have you moved them down to your garden yet or are they still in the attic?
  Topic: do bees pollinate elder?
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 7815

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:39 pm   Subject: do bees pollinate elder?
Those last two are interesting uses.
Since berries are very abundant, it would appear that plenty of other insects visit them, even when honey bees do not
  Topic: Mouldy brood
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 1811

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:04 am   Subject: Mouldy brood
That's strange! I posted an extensive reply to this post several days ago and for some reason it's not showing!

Basically, I agree with Adam that mould is not generally a problem for the bees but ...
  Topic: do bees pollinate elder?
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 7815

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:26 pm   Subject: do bees pollinate elder?
We are talking elderflowers that become elderberries and not alder trees which are currently producing pollen?... Just seems like a strange time of year to ask about elder flowers when they are a summ ...
  Topic: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Barbara

Replies: 15
Views: 11828

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:02 pm   Subject: Builder next door wants to remove bees from roof space
Hi Glenn and well done. It was never going to be an easy job but it sounds like you were as successful as you could hope to be. I would probably give them a couple of days to settle and then move them ...
  Topic: follower design - a woodwork question
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 4196

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:22 pm   Subject: follower design - a woodwork question
Sorry that should read now using eco floors...... what a difference a single letter can make!!
  Topic: follower design - a woodwork question
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 4196

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:07 pm   Subject: follower design - a woodwork question
Hi and welcome

Your suggestion will work fine. Other options are to use marine plywood or I find MDF works well as it doesn't warp. Many people are concerned about the glues used in these products ...
 
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