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  Topic: Removing plastic foundation
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 137

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:55 am   Subject: Removing plastic foundation
Hi and welcome.

Well done for successfully chopping and cropping. I know it can be a daunting task and with plastic foundation that must have been trickier.
I would not try to remove those combs ...
  Topic: Dead queen after going from frames to TBH
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 165

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:08 am   Subject: Dead queen after going from frames to TBH
Hi and welcome

A few things occur to me from your post.....

If it was getting dark when you did your inspection of that hive, the bees will behave differently. They become irritated and fly out ...
  Topic: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 506

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:38 am   Subject: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
That is great news. Pleased to hear that bees half way across the world show similar behaviour/timescales to mine when left to their own devices. Thanks for letting us know.
  Topic: moving a newly caught swarm
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 305

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:20 pm   Subject: moving a newly caught swarm
Sounds good as regards wood starter strips rather than foundation. It is best to rub them with bees wax still. You can use a thin wooden strip like a popsicle stick or paint stirrer or a triangular pr ...
  Topic: moving a newly caught swarm
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 305

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:05 pm   Subject: moving a newly caught swarm
Sounds a bit like a Dartington hive. I would recommend that you use starter strips in the frames rather than full sheets of foundation. The bees can then build comb with a cell size that suits them ra ...
  Topic: moving a newly caught swarm
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 305

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:54 pm   Subject: moving a newly caught swarm
As an afterthought, I would also recommend you bait your main hive to attract the swarm as well. The distance is not prohibitive and having a choice of 2 gives you better odds.... 3 or 4 better still. ...
  Topic: moving a newly caught swarm
Barbara

Replies: 8
Views: 305

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:47 pm   Subject: moving a newly caught swarm
Hi and welcome

Firstly, just want to make you aware that your terminology is slightly adrift which can cause confusion, particularly when talking about a feral colony. A bait hive is what you are m ...
  Topic: Prime swarm not left yet? Is Taranov split posible
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 232

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:32 pm   Subject: Prime swarm not left yet? Is Taranov split posible
None of the links are working for me..... @catchercradle .... Dave can you see them?

Hi Liz

I have been having a rethink and if you are specifically wanting to populate your other hive then it m ...
  Topic: Advice needed - feeding an artificial swarm
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 248

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:21 am   Subject: Advice needed - feeding an artificial swarm
Hi

If you think about it logically, the bees in a swarm only have whatever honey/nectar they have in their honey stomach to start a new colony. I would say that a natural swarm is probably not goin ...
  Topic: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 506

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:11 am   Subject: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
Keeping records of exactly what you see during each inspection can be really helpful. Things like number of combs with brood on and if it is mostly capped or open. Which bars queen cells are seen on a ...
  Topic: Inspection question
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 281

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:12 am   Subject: Inspection question
I would agree with Dave. Opening the colony too often disrupts and stresses them to some extent and stressed colonies are believed to be more susceptible to EFB.
I also agree that Bee Inspectors c ...
  Topic: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 506

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:38 pm   Subject: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
Mating takes place outside the hive so it does not matter if there are drones in the hive with a virgin queen or not, although usually she will attract them and they are welcome from any colony and wi ...
  Topic: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 506

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:24 pm   Subject: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
Yes pollen going in is usually an indication that brood rearing is about to or has begun. Personally I would not disturb them again to look for a queen but I have plenty of other colonies so if they a ...
  Topic: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
Barbara

Replies: 10
Views: 506

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:45 am   Subject: No eggs 3 weeks after swarm
In my experience it can go 4 weeks or longer even. I used to get anxious about it but I try not to any more. The longer the brood break the better as regards the varroa population being knocked right ...
  Topic: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
Barbara

Replies: 25
Views: 26154

PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:40 pm   Subject: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
Hi Peter

It's a very complex question rather than a simplistic one.

I have a colony that is now 20 years old and has not been treated for 9 years. Something has changed between varroa arriving h ...
  Topic: Colony growth and capped honey stores
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 491

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:11 am   Subject: Colony growth and capped honey stores
More than happy to help out Peter, whenever you need support.

Photos are really helpful as people can look at things and perceive and describe them very differently. Photos need to be hosted on an ...
  Topic: Colony growth and capped honey stores
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 491

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:13 pm   Subject: Colony growth and capped honey stores
Hi

The lack of stores is nothing to be concerned about at this stage. It may help to understand the needs of a new colony starting up from a swarm so that you can interpret what you see as normal.. ...
  Topic: honeycomb foundation
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 297

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:36 am   Subject: honeycomb foundation
Hi and welcome.... I see this is your first post!

Due to it's conductive properties I would say not, but even if it were, I'm curious to know why you would even consider it. The cost implications o ...
  Topic: Queen Excluder
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 665

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:56 pm   Subject: Queen Excluder
John, I also appreciate your support for my take on this subject. It can be helpful to an OP to assess an overall view of things and if they only get two opposing responses (OK maybe not opposing as s ...
  Topic: Queen Excluder
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 665

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:39 pm   Subject: Queen Excluder
I can see your point Colin and you are right that I failed to answer the question and the OP has not responded, which suggests that my response was not helpful to them and it does concern me that I ma ...
  Topic: under ground bees
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 393

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:02 pm   Subject: under ground bees
Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'm not a bee inspector and sadly it is a while since one visited the forum to answer queries but it sounds like it may be a nest or two of bumble bees. They usually li ...
  Topic: Very Feminine looking trap-out on huge tree
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 439

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:32 am   Subject: Very Feminine looking trap-out on huge tree
I just found it so upsetting with the trap outs I have done that failed, aside from the huge amount of time invested, seeing bees dying as a result of your best efforts really hurts. I felt like they ...
  Topic: Very Feminine looking trap-out on huge tree
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 439

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:12 am   Subject: Very Feminine looking trap-out on huge tree
And there was me thinking it was going to be a bonny pink bait box with flowers painted on it..... Rolling Eyes

I love your comment about playing "whack a mole".... it really describes those si ...
  Topic: Small Pieces of Wax in Honey After Processing
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 290

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:46 pm   Subject: Small Pieces of Wax in Honey After Processing
Hi

Firstly the wax is edible so there is no real problem if there are bits of wax in it. Secondly, the wax particles will float to the surface over time and form a film on the top which can be scoo ...
  Topic: HELP!!!!
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 464

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:22 pm   Subject: HELP!!!!
Hi Nigel.

Sorry to hear you have acquired a hive in that state. Unfortunately there is no easy fix. The options are catch the swarms as they emerge if you are able or place bait hives strategically ...
  Topic: Queen Excluder
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 665

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:34 pm   Subject: Queen Excluder
Hi

Queen excluders come with risks, especially in the hands of an inexperienced beekeeper. They can cause several problems, some can even prove fatal for the hive if left on through winter for exam ...
  Topic: Honey for Winter
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 312

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:15 pm   Subject: Honey for Winter
Hi

Obviously we are a long way off winter preparation yet so I'm not sure if you are asking so that you know if you can harvest some honey now or if you are just planning ahead for late summer/autu ...
  Topic: Info wanted on wild hollow tree bee nest
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 398

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 3:05 pm   Subject: Info wanted on wild hollow tree bee nest
ps there is no such thing as ideal dimensions of a bee hive

Agreed. Each swarm will have different needs depending on genetics, size of swarm, prime or cast and probably the cavity size of the pare ...
  Topic: Maggots in my topbar
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 452

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 2:50 pm   Subject: Maggots in my topbar
Hi

I'm sorry you lost your colony. It is difficult to comment on the cause without seeing it for myself and since your climate will be radically different from ours here in the UK their seasonal st ...
  Topic: transfer
Barbara

Replies: 6
Views: 1542

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 ...
 
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