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  Topic: Orientation flight with my mouth kept shut
Barbara

Replies: 1
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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:19 am   Subject: Orientation flight with my mouth kept shut
Hi Patrick

Thanks for that. Lovely to see your girls so active. Surprisingly we have been extremely lucky to have mild weather right through the autumn so far and so I am still able to enjoy watchi ...
  Topic: easy mead making
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 56

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:57 am   Subject: easy mead making
I had one attempt at making mead and it was not successful. I only made it to use up the extraction equipment and wax washings. I use it to cook with but it makes me ill to drink it as it is.
Now I j ...
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 2284

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:55 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Hi Bill.

I hear what you are saying but I know Patrick does successful cut outs in Florida, almost all year round.... I have PM'd him to ask for input. It would certainly be unconscionable here at ...
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 2284

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:20 pm   Subject: nucs this week
If you shake them in and don't utilise those combs then starting with a nuc was a waste of time and the OP might as well have started with a package again.

This is the way I would do it and I see ...
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 2284

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:41 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Can I clarify that the OP has already transferred the nuc to a full size Lang brood box? If so, I would leave them there until spring. Then I would be inclined to do the Taranov split into the TBH and ...
  Topic: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 401

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:28 pm   Subject: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
That is so kind of you to suggest it, but unfortunately I have commitments here that prevent me from travelling afield during the winter. Sad
  Topic: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 401

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:50 am   Subject: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
I'm so disappointed I don't live closer. I would have loved to come to this course and the Bee Craft Fair. I hope both events are very successful for you. Really great ideas!
  Topic: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good.
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 241

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:26 pm   Subject: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good.
Good to hear your colonies are doing well. Yes the ivy is supplying them with an abundance of yellow pollen and nectar at the moment with this mild weather. I can't remember seeing my hives so active ...
  Topic: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 6133

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:05 pm   Subject: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
Good to hear that you had a beneficial visit from the bee inspector and that all is good in your hives, although worrying that EFB is so near. I must confess I would not be happy to have to open my hi ...
  Topic: Effectiveness of VSH trait?
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 400

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:25 am   Subject: Effectiveness of VSH trait?
I cannot vote as I have no experience of VHS queens and I think you will find the majority of us on this forum also do not have them but quite a few of us have bees that have been treatment free for s ...
  Topic: Aquarium Top Bar Hive Inspection
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 490

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:20 am   Subject: Aquarium Top Bar Hive Inspection
Thanks for that Patrick.

It is amazing to see the beautiful combs/nest so clearly exposed to view and the bees relatively calm about it.
I am surprised that there is not more condensation in the ...
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 2284

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:28 pm   Subject: nucs this week
Patrick has a website..... www.savebeesflorida.com He does lots of You Tube videos of his cut outs and trap outs. He might be a useful contact for you if he is local.
  Topic: nucs this week
Barbara

Replies: 36
Views: 2284

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:08 pm   Subject: nucs this week
You might have been better getting in touch with one of our forum members, Patrick Thomas. I'm pretty sure he is in Florida and does a lot of bee colony removals..... cut outs and trap outs. He could ...
  Topic: Early cold weather- need feeding advice!
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 755

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:55 pm   Subject: Early cold weather- need feeding advice!
If it has not yet become frosty in your area then I would get some thick syrup into them first. The advantage of syrup is that they can store it as they would honey ie in the comb where they need it. ...
  Topic: Dead bees
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 945

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:44 pm   Subject: Dead bees
It is possible that, in some places, the honeybee population is actually unsustainably high.

There is a difference between unsustainably high for the beekeeper to harvest a crop and for the bees to ...
  Topic: Dead bees
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 945

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:52 pm   Subject: Dead bees
I only ever deal with swarms and very rarely get temperament issues, but I will say that my bees are probably not as productive as more commercially available options.
  Topic: smoker fuel
Barbara

Replies: 9
Views: 1011

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:13 am   Subject: smoker fuel
I usually make cartridges from corrugated cardboard boxes cut into strips and rolled up, but I sometimes use a handful of semi dried grass. I would have expected the onion tops to be quite acrid but m ...
  Topic: Dead bees
Barbara

Replies: 13
Views: 945

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:06 am   Subject: Dead bees
Hi

I am also sorry to hear of your friend's loss. Can you take some photos of the comb and post them. It can sometimes give an indication of the problem. Is the hive in your friend's garden or an o ...
  Topic: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 396

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:37 pm   Subject: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
If you have 5 colonies, with plenty of stores why not experiment. Leave 2 or 3 with their honey and harvest the others and feed.

I don't have experience of rape honey but my bees do make quite a b ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
Barbara

Replies: 11
Views: 1000

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:42 pm   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Johno, I wonder why wasps in your area are so out of balance and overrunning your apiary.
I have the odd wasps nests in and around my apiary but I rarely have a problem even with weak colonies. I re ...
  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 614

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:52 am   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
The mesh is bee and wasp proof but there is a gap between it and the hive wall which allows the bees to get in and out under the mesh. The resident bees learn to route under the mesh but robbers (wasp ...
  Topic: Feisty bees in TBH
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 965

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:26 am   Subject: Feisty bees in TBH
I had one that was a bit testy a few weeks ago. Not figured out which one, but suspect my main top bar hive. A couple came out and harassed and stung a friend who had come to collect his hives and the ...
  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 614

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:14 am   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Hi

Congrats on baiting the swarm. It sounds like it was probably a small cast swarm. What you have to realise with swarms is that there are priorities for them and with a small swarm their workforc ...
  Topic: Schumacher College, Dartington Evening Class
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 410

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:09 pm   Subject: Schumacher College, Dartington Evening Class
Hope the course is successful for you Phil.
Just wanted to comment on the photo on the linked page for the course. Whilst it is a lovely photo of a top bar hive and their beautiful comb bees build, ...
  Topic: Three top bar hives doing well
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 359

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:31 pm   Subject: Three top bar hives doing well
If these are strong colonies I personally would not feed, assuming they have some stores of their own. If I felt they needed topping up, I would probably give them a 500 mls jar every few days, so tha ...
  Topic: Fondant
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 629

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:24 pm   Subject: Fondant
I am generally confused about feeding fondant....



Me too..... never done it before in 19 years of beekeeping. Much better, in my opinion, to start feeding them some thick (2:1) syrup now if yo ...
  Topic: Badly dmaged hive
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 513

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:18 pm   Subject: Badly dmaged hive
Oh, well done! I can imagine that must have been a very daunting task with a large colony.
Sorry I didn't get back with an image of a rescue bar but it sounds like you got the job sorted nicely. Cab ...
  Topic: Undecided
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 674

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:52 pm   Subject: Undecided
Hi Mel

There are many of us that don't treat and we are not breaking any rules, other than perhaps a "rule of thumb" used by conventional beekeepers that routinely treat their bees annual ...
  Topic: Badly dmaged hive
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 513

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:29 pm   Subject: Badly dmaged hive
To give them a chance of survival, that comb needs to be hanging rather than in a mess on the hive floor. I'm assuming this is a top bar hive and not a framed hive like a national. If I am correct you ...
  Topic: Spacing Between Hives
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 659

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:54 am   Subject: Spacing Between Hives
A swarm is looking for the best cavity it can find, and yes, with limited availability they will settle somewhere closer than their "usual" distance. But is that distance determined by avail ...
 
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