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  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
Broadwell

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:02 pm   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
Hi Catchercradle – does that mean you removed the super and let it sit for two days before you tried extracting it?

Just interested to know whether it would be extractable straight off the hive or ...
  Topic: extraction,what am I doing wrong?
Broadwell

Replies: 10
Views: 6112

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:08 am   Subject: extraction,what am I doing wrong?
Don't know, might be worth a try...? My guess is that it probably won't help. It sets rock solid in a bucket and you have to use heat and elbow grease to stir it into something more workable.

Ther ...
  Topic: extraction,what am I doing wrong?
Broadwell

Replies: 10
Views: 6112

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:54 pm   Subject: extraction,what am I doing wrong?
Might be too that the honey has crystallised and gone solid. If you've got oilseed rape near you then this would make it probable. You can use an extractor for it, but with OSR the advice is to do it ...
  Topic: hundreds of dead bees under hive
Broadwell

Replies: 9
Views: 7616

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:51 pm   Subject: hundreds of dead bees under hive
Hi. 2 or 3 hundred does sound like quite a few. I think you're going to have to wait and see whether this looks like a normal state of affairs, or whether there was an incident. It's hard to say how m ...
  Topic: hundreds of dead bees under hive
Broadwell

Replies: 9
Views: 7616

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:58 am   Subject: hundreds of dead bees under hive
The Roundup spraying doesn't sound great, especially now as the brambles are flowering, but I wonder if what you are describing is no problem at all. How many is huge numbers of dead bees?

After 2 ...
  Topic: How best to approach getting bees out of a tree trunk.
Broadwell

Replies: 4
Views: 4597

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:58 pm   Subject: How best to approach getting bees out of a tree trunk.
Do you think she might be persuaded to let them stay if their flight path was raised? A willow fence / screen is a nice looking thing – maybe you could suggest? A fence could wrap around the trunk or ...
  Topic: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Broadwell

Replies: 3
Views: 3182

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:28 pm   Subject: Mystery ailment - to me anyway!
Just to follow up on where I think Barbara was going with 'Are you seeing any faeces on the front of the hive... yellow streaks', I think I've seen what you're describing before, and put it down to No ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Broadwell

Replies: 134
Views: 167860

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:40 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Those hives that I keep treatment free are located in distance to modern agriculture which is what I think is necessary to be successful.
I'm very pleased to have read this discussion. I had thought ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Broadwell

Replies: 381
Views: 384457

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 7:18 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Thanks Bernhard.
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Broadwell

Replies: 381
Views: 384457

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 7:20 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Hi Bernhard,

Do you just use the pollen trap for a certain number of hours a day, and then leave it open for pollen to get in?

Thanks
  Topic: New Neonicotinoid petition – Please sign!
Broadwell

Replies: 0
Views: 5452

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:00 pm   Subject: New Neonicotinoid petition – Please sign!
Ban bee-killing pesticides for good:

http://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/68
  Topic: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
Broadwell

Replies: 5
Views: 5480

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:09 am   Subject: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
Hi Tomas,

I hadn't seen your reply until now, so thank you for that. It doesn't sound as awful having africanized bees as I had imagined.

I'll see what google translate makes out of your Spani ...
  Topic: Petition to keep small hive beetle out of the UK
Broadwell

Replies: 2
Views: 3655

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:40 am   Subject: Petition to keep small hive beetle out of the UK
Thanks ingo. Here's a bit more background for anyone else who hasn't yet been enticed to click the link...


"My name is Wally Thrale and I am the secretary for Bedfordshire BKA
although I am ...
  Topic: Petition to keep small hive beetle out of the UK
Broadwell

Replies: 2
Views: 3655

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:18 pm   Subject: Petition to keep small hive beetle out of the UK
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ban-importation-of-honeybees-from-italy
  Topic: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
Broadwell

Replies: 5
Views: 5480

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:34 am   Subject: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
Hi Tomas,

I'm interested to know what the reality is with working with Africanized bees. Is there much of an added danger to beekeeping with them, or any other difference?

Thanks
  Topic: Eco floor?
Broadwell

Replies: 8
Views: 10155

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:24 pm   Subject: Eco floor?
I've thought about trying a wood chip filled sump like this too. What I'd add is maybe sitting the wooden part on strips of damp proof course, or slate tiles, above the bricks, so water couldn't trave ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Broadwell

Replies: 381
Views: 384457

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:29 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Maybe a Salvia? That would explain the pollen on the thorax a bit better, and they can flower into November.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anthophora_on_Salvia_1.jpg
  Topic: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
Broadwell

Replies: 21
Views: 21245

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:07 pm   Subject: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
Just had a quick check and you can buy bamboo skewers in packs of 100 or 200 very cheaply on ebay.

Think I'll try some, and see if the bees avoid or envelop it with their comb.
  Topic: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
Broadwell

Replies: 21
Views: 21245

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:25 pm   Subject: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
In every case (bearing in mind that these boxes are a bitch to inspect), it certainly appears that the girls have glued their combs to the wall - in some cases along their full length. It's as if the ...
  Topic: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
Broadwell

Replies: 21
Views: 21245

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:08 pm   Subject: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
Hi Colin,

I'm interested in these big Delon style frames you are planning on making. Is that two lengths of wire in the picture, an inner and an outer one? Galvanised fencing wire or have you foun ...
  Topic: Bad experience at Thornes at Rand
Broadwell

Replies: 12
Views: 17088

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:51 am   Subject: Bad experience at Thornes at Rand
I'd use smoke when you come to harvesting the supers off your new framed hives Che. Wouldn't wish the bee-tornado that peppered my arms and shoulders with stings upon anyone else.

A water spray ha ...
  Topic: Adding bars to growing colony
Broadwell

Replies: 16
Views: 14399

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:01 pm   Subject: Adding bars to growing colony

The surface area on one side of one comb in a Warre box is 30x21=630 cm2.


Pedantic perhaps but you were doing the maths so thought I'd mention – the top 1 cm of the Warre box is taken up by the ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
Broadwell

Replies: 86
Views: 115457

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 1:08 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method
Most foulbrood cases I came across were caused by robbing which is caused by letting them bees go hungry and putting too many hives into one location.

I accept that forage and therefore nutrition ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
Broadwell

Replies: 86
Views: 115457

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 11:27 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
...American foulbrood...

Even if...there is no way you can either blame the beekeeper or his method for it. It just happens.

Not necessarily.

As I just wrote in another post –

Goodwin et ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
Broadwell

Replies: 86
Views: 115457

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:20 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
Hi Tim,

Thank you for posting. I have read with interest what I have found about your system and have been quite taken with it as a way of keeping bees.

In reading about it I saw that someone ...
  Topic: Which varroa treatment???
Broadwell

Replies: 11
Views: 15220

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 9:38 pm   Subject: Which varroa treatment???
Feral bees die.

That's a convinced pro-treater speaking there.

The pesticide companies would have everyone believe that Varroa is THE problem facing bees. It's questionable whether that is the ...
  Topic: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
Broadwell

Replies: 20
Views: 42099

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sat May 24, 2014 5:31 pm   Subject: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
Kim,

Thank you for keeping posting these updates. It's great to see how popular with the bees many of the plants I've bought are going to be once they've got a bit bigger, and to hear of others th ...
  Topic: Honeybees in brickwork
Broadwell

Replies: 7
Views: 7036

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 5:47 pm   Subject: Honeybees in brickwork
Good news, and good luck with your bait hive!
  Topic: Honeybees in brickwork
Broadwell

Replies: 7
Views: 7036

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 5:16 pm   Subject: Honeybees in brickwork
If you knock the side of a hive the bees will audibly respond in chorus with a buzzy groan type sound. Maybe you might be able to put an ear to the wall and locate whereabouts in the wall they are, pe ...
  Topic: Honeybees in brickwork
Broadwell

Replies: 7
Views: 7036

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 4:39 pm   Subject: Honeybees in brickwork
Hi Jane,

Are you sure they are not mason bees rather than honey bees? They do look quite similar, but don't live in large colonies.

But even if they are honey bees I can't see how they pose any ...
 
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