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  Topic: North East UK swarm list being composed
Barbara

Replies: 1
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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:33 pm   Subject: North East UK swarm list being composed
It is fast approaching swarming season and this glorious weather will almost certainly hasten that.

I am compiling my annual swarm list, so if you are looking for a swarm to populate a hive this s ...
  Topic: Large swarm capture in Florida
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 338

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:49 pm   Subject: Large swarm capture in Florida
That is so interesting. Two swarm seasons!

Do you find that once they swarm the parent colony seems to take a break and rest on it's laurels? Here, my hives will throw up to 4 swarms in May and Ju ...
  Topic: Large swarm capture in Florida
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 338

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:39 pm   Subject: Large swarm capture in Florida
Wow! That is a whopper! So weird to watch your videos when we are still so far off swarming season. It really is amazing how many swarms you get in Florida and the length of the season..... do you in ...
  Topic: Found an active bee tree
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 543

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:16 pm   Subject: Found an active bee tree
Great news!
  Topic: Found an active bee tree
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 543

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:30 pm   Subject: Found an active bee tree
Hi.

Hive looks very nice and congrats on finding a feral colony. I'm not sure why you would want to feed them. That just knocks them out of balance with their environment. It artificially stimulate ...
  Topic: Old comb
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 378

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:42 pm   Subject: Old comb
Hi.
3 year old comb is not a real concern in my opinion. I have some well over 10 years and the hive is still surviving treatment free although the cell size is now becoming unsustainably small, so ...
  Topic: Perone Hive - Life Span
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 578

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:20 pm   Subject: Perone Hive - Life Span
I had never thought about the bees using what might be seen as pests to assist in management of the comb.

Maybe not "using" them but perhaps benefitting from their destructive presence. ...
  Topic: Perone Hive - Life Span
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 578

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:10 am   Subject: Perone Hive - Life Span
Hi

I have a National hive that has had very little removal of comb for the past 10 years and they are getting to the point of becoming unsustainable. For the past few years they have not swarmed wh ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:53 am   Subject: Rescue
Pleased you are able to look at the comb you have and see the difference.

Yes undertakers can be very fussy about how and where they dump a corpse. Some will insist upon flying quite some distance ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:29 pm   Subject: Rescue
If the comb is empty then it should be fine. Just make sure you know the difference between brood comb and honey comb or drone comb which has larger cells. Putting honey comb or drone brood comb in th ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:58 am   Subject: Rescue
Swarming is the colony's way of reproducing. It is the natural means by which the super organism that is the hive, propagates. Swarms are the way new colonies naturally come into existence. It also me ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:44 am   Subject: Rescue
Sounds like you have provided them with a location which has everything they need.
That second brood box will not be needed for another month or so. Hopefully by then, the weather will be warm enoug ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:33 am   Subject: Rescue
Absolutely delighted to read that they are alive and actively foraging, despite their lack of stores (since you say the hive was very lightweight). You probably caught them just in time to prevent sta ...
  Topic: Adopted unwanted colony.
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 5853

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:16 pm   Subject: Adopted unwanted colony.
Oh dear! You haven't been having a lot of luck. Do you know why they didn't make it? Have you done a post mortem exam?
I'm so sad that you have had so little success.
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:35 pm   Subject: Rescue
All 10 of my hives are flying in the sunshine this afternoon. If you get a chance to check yours, you will hopefully see some activity.
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:35 pm   Subject: Rescue
Really pleased to read that it all went very smoothly and to plan. If we get a sunny day when the temperature gets up to 9-10C in the afternoon, keep an eye out for activity. If you are working throug ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:55 pm   Subject: Rescue
I would not smoke them as it may encourage the cluster to break and bees to come out. Is the current owner able to block them in the night before with a bit of cardboard? If the day of transport is a ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:44 pm   Subject: Rescue
PS.
If the top box is definitely empty and you decide to remove it. Probably best to do that a few days prior to the actual move in case you disturb the cluster by removing it.
A ratchet strap aro ...
  Topic: Rescue
Barbara

Replies: 20
Views: 1790

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:36 pm   Subject: Rescue
Hi and welcome.

I mostly agree with flybry.

The only thing I would say is, if that top box is empty of both honey and bees (important to be sure) then it is best removed or filled with some insu ...
  Topic: Bee macro photos
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 1107

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:00 pm   Subject: Bee macro photos
Beautiful photos! Many thanks for posting.
  Topic: Just starting... Warre outdated?
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 3342

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:15 am   Subject: Just starting... Warre outdated?
I would agree with mannanin for that being the best approach in your situation.

The problem with horizontal hives and frames is that they have to be made pretty accurately to prevent significant b ...
  Topic: Just starting... Warre outdated?
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 3342

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:08 pm   Subject: Just starting... Warre outdated?
Hi and welcome

I have reservations about novice beekeepers using Warre Hives just with top bars rather than frames because of the level of competence needed to manipulate combs when necessary and ...
  Topic: treebeekeeping (Apis dorsata) gone wrong (or not).
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 2651

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:55 pm   Subject: treebeekeeping (Apis dorsata) gone wrong (or not).
Adriaan, I am so pleased you clarified that. I really did feel like I watched something horrific. I think the footage makes you so acutely aware of the dangers of the situation that when you get to th ...
  Topic: treebeekeeping (Apis dorsata) gone wrong (or not).
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 2651

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:40 pm   Subject: treebeekeeping (Apis dorsata) gone wrong (or not).
Oh Wow! That was traumatic watching! I have put a warning on it as I found it rather upsetting.
Aside from the tension and suspense and vertigo of watching him working that ending was horrendous and ...
  Topic: Going to give this a go in Michigan.
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 8776

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:14 pm   Subject: Going to give this a go in Michigan.
That sounds like a much better plan. Good luck with it.
I love working with swarms. No need to feed them, they just get on with it as nature intended.
  Topic: Going to give this a go in Michigan.
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 8776

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:38 pm   Subject: Going to give this a go in Michigan.
Hi

Thanks for updating this. I am sad to hear that you have had so little success. It would be difficult to comment about those losses without having much more knowledge of your situation but my gu ...
  Topic: The Small Hive Project - JOIN US
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 6352

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:16 pm   Subject: The Small Hive Project - JOIN US
I'm interested, as I really like the idea, but just struggling for time at the moment and still trying to get a skep made to keep bees in as that is my next project. I visit your site and check up on ...
  Topic: Timing for Splitting a Hive?
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 2262

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:21 pm   Subject: Timing for Splitting a Hive?
Sounds right for swarm cells. You need to do the split before the first swarm cell is capped otherwise you will most likely lose the prime swarm.

Like Dave, I prefer to let them swarm and do my bes ...
  Topic: DWV detected - what to do?
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 1185

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:14 am   Subject: DWV detected - what to do?
A few years ago I had an outbreak of DWV in one of my strongest hives. I assumed it must be varroa as my previous experience with the disease had all been vectored by a high varroa infestation. I wasn ...
  Topic: Timing for Splitting a Hive?
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 2262

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:05 am   Subject: Timing for Splitting a Hive?
In our climate here in the UK, it would be unusual and risky for them to be planning to swarm at this time of year and I would want to be sure that they are not building supercedure cells instead of s ...
 
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