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  Topic: Falmouth, Cornwall TBH swarms
BridgetB

Replies: 1
Views: 567

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:41 pm   Subject: Falmouth, Cornwall TBH swarms
Falmouth Cornwall.
We may have the odd swarm available to TBH beekeepers nearby. We seem to be collecting quite a few at the moment.
  Topic: Drone laying queen
BridgetB

Replies: 2
Views: 451

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:58 pm   Subject: Drone laying queen
Thanks Barbara for your helpful encouragement. In desperate need of a shower now!

I checked through the hive better today and with glasses. I could make out the odd single egg. Drone brood on 4 ...
  Topic: Drone laying queen
BridgetB

Replies: 2
Views: 451

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:21 pm   Subject: Drone laying queen
Today I have found that my swarm (8th May)in a National has a drone laying queen or drone laying workers? I am not sure how to tell the difference. Today we are collecting a swarm in a cardboard box ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
BridgetB

Replies: 46
Views: 12370

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:35 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Beebase home page, Latest NBU news - Asian Hornet Click on "read more"
It says "Further guidance may be found on "Asian Hornet" page. Click on that link, then click on ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
BridgetB

Replies: 46
Views: 12370

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:45 am   Subject: Hornet traps
If you look on the Beebase website www.nationalbeeunit.com it describes how to build the trap which excludes the larger European Hornet and allows smaller insects to escape. It describes how to cat ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
BridgetB

Replies: 46
Views: 12370

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:07 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
There has been an official identification of an Asian Hornet in Tetbury, Glocestershire - see Beebase.

We shall be needing to be making asian hornet traps this winter to put out in February. Plans ...
  Topic: Praise to the POWER TOOL
BridgetB

Replies: 7
Views: 3522

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:25 pm   Subject: Praise to the POWER TOOL
Yay! Lidls have got the table saw in £99 - there were still quite a few left locally on Friday. I have been putting it together and it looks good quality. More hives coming on this winter I think!
  Topic: Combining colonies
BridgetB

Replies: 6
Views: 2641

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:42 am   Subject: Combining colonies
Before I had bees myself, I went to an apiary meeting and was totally shocked when the instructor, without so much as a by your leave to the hive owner, caught and squished the queen. I expect it was ...
  Topic: Combining colonies
BridgetB

Replies: 6
Views: 2641

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:30 am   Subject: Combining colonies
That is a good plan Barbara to swap, and do the combing in a couple of days.
Andy - this is the thing - I am not very good at finding queens, and totally squeamish about killing them. The ca ...
  Topic: Combining colonies
BridgetB

Replies: 6
Views: 2641

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:45 pm   Subject: Combining colonies
I have a small late cast and a small colony (from the trapout) and I plan to join them. At present they are located at the same site on top of the hive they will be in. I plan to open both colonies ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
BridgetB

Replies: 12
Views: 3850

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:26 pm   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
Not easy to make out of pallets, well done! - how do you get the nails out? Nice job. What are the plastic bags doing? Is the roof not water proof?

Looks like you have local mongrels.

At some ...
  Topic: Slovenian Beehives
BridgetB

Replies: 15
Views: 10339

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:14 pm   Subject: Slovenian Beehives
Hi Cebelar - do not be discouraged! Thanks for the wonderful photos, I don't know about everyone else, but I am up to my ears coping with swarms and re-hiving, plus summer holidays with family commit ...
  Topic: Trapout - comb of eggs
BridgetB

Replies: 19
Views: 7786

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:20 pm   Subject: Trapout - comb of eggs
We brought the hive home yesterday and sealed the hole in the flat roof with gaffa tape.

Today we did an inspection:
This inspection is 23 days from the previous one. Bees on 8 bars. A lot of ...
  Topic: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
BridgetB

Replies: 10
Views: 4032

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:06 pm   Subject: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
Fedor Lazutin's book "Beekeeping with a Smile" - He has found research that shows how adequate the exchange of air at the entrance is. Bees tolerate much higher CO2 levels than we do, and t ...
  Topic: Praise to the POWER TOOL
BridgetB

Replies: 7
Views: 3522

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:58 pm   Subject: Praise to the POWER TOOL
Yes, I made my first couple of hives with a hand saw and an electric drill on the living room floor. I use a jig saw more often now, and I keep looking out for a table saw. I have made 7 top bar hiv ...
  Topic: Trapout - comb of eggs
BridgetB

Replies: 19
Views: 7786

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:27 pm   Subject: Trapout - comb of eggs
Last night 5.30pm, looked at the hive, busy, but no pollen, so looked today at about 10.30am - still no pollen! It looks as though there is no laying queen. Bother! I don't want to look inside the ...
  Topic: Trapout - comb of eggs
BridgetB

Replies: 19
Views: 7786

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:07 pm   Subject: Update Day 31
Day 31.
I looked inside the hive - They have built on the 8 bars so I added 3 more. Examined each comb - sealed honey and pollen on every one. I could not see any eggs or the queen, and yet the bee ...
  Topic: Spray advice
BridgetB

Replies: 6
Views: 2663

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:16 am   Subject: Spray advice
Of course, I can just lower the floor board and hope that the mesh is still intact. I think it is. It is hard to tell because I think they transfer honey through the mesh so it looks as though they ...
  Topic: Spray advice
BridgetB

Replies: 6
Views: 2663

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:29 pm   Subject: Spray advice
Thanks. Do they use foam or mesh to block, or something solid, what about ventilation? a day and a half is a long time. I haven't had this problem till now as my other apiaries are surrounded by wo ...
  Topic: Spray advice
BridgetB

Replies: 6
Views: 2663

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:16 am   Subject: Spray advice
I really meant, when do you close them up and open them? etc. Has anyone had a notification, closed their bees in and then opened them and has it helped to protect them?
  Topic: Spray advice
BridgetB

Replies: 6
Views: 2663

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:33 am   Subject: Spray advice
Good news is that the gardens where I have 1 colony at present - we had a good meeting last week. In the garden itself they don't use pesticides and the roundup on the paths is done with a new gadget ...
  Topic: Feeling sad!
BridgetB

Replies: 5
Views: 3097

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:32 pm   Subject: Recovery!!
Well - good news - I checked the colony today and they are rebounding! Very Happy I didn't remove the bees, I calmed down and then thought that the evidence of poisoning the bees may stimulate those concern ...
  Topic: Feeling sad!
BridgetB

Replies: 5
Views: 3097

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:26 am   Subject: Feeling sad!
Here I am awake and worrying (3.15am!)

The reason I had offered to take bees to this garden was because I had not seen any honey bees on the flowers in the garden. I had thought it was due to a la ...
  Topic: A Bit of a Do
BridgetB

Replies: 3
Views: 2057

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:13 am   Subject: A Bit of a Do
Yes you are right. I have bait hives made to the same spec. Thank you for all your support and encouragement.

When I joined the local BKA I had to put up with quite a lot of nasty comments - so ...
  Topic: Feeling sad!
BridgetB

Replies: 5
Views: 3097

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:34 pm   Subject: Feeling sad!
This time last year, I was very excited to be able to install a colony in a garden open to the public. I got the impression that the garden was keen on bees and the environment, as was the farmer nex ...
  Topic: A Bit of a Do
BridgetB

Replies: 3
Views: 2057

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:15 am   Subject: A Bit of a Do
I have been invited to do a talk/workshop on Top Bar Hives at the A Bit of a Do bee conference in Truro, September 10th! Things are moving in an interesting direction! I am nervous! It started with ...
  Topic: Trapout - comb of eggs
BridgetB

Replies: 19
Views: 7786

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 9:47 pm   Subject: Trapout - comb of eggs
On day 3 I looked inside the hive and bees were beyond the follower (5bars) so I moved it to give them 8 bars. A nice cluster on the first 4 bars. No bees seemed to be getting back in to the roof, b ...
  Topic: Why did my bees die?
BridgetB

Replies: 3
Views: 3968

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 8:00 pm   Subject: Why did my bees die?
What a clear article. It confirms that I have seen this in my hives.
  Topic: Finally did a top bar removal again after months using Langs
BridgetB

Replies: 7
Views: 3471

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 3:43 pm   Subject: Finally did a top bar removal again after months using Langs
I made small saw cuts in the positions of the wires going down the side of the bar. The wire slips in easily and avoids gaps. They also help to hold the wire in position.
  Topic: Trapout - comb of eggs
BridgetB

Replies: 19
Views: 7786

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 9:45 am   Subject: Trapout - comb of eggs
Yes I would love to get the queen - obviously a thriving prolific colony! - so we have left a bait hive in the garden as well. I have read about queens coming out and going in the hive with the other ...
 
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