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  Topic: Varroa treatment with MAQS
CeeBee

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:08 pm   Subject: Varroa treatment with MAQS
Can't help feeling that people only write about stuff if there's been a problem, so any search on the net is biased towards bad outcomes of whatever it is you're thinking about.

This is my 3rd year ...
  Topic: Swarms available, Cambridge area, UK
CeeBee

Replies: 1
Views: 1614

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 7:41 am   Subject: Swarms available, Cambridge area, UK
As it says, I have, or are very likely to have swarms here close to Cambridge, UK. One in a cardboard box in my garden at the moment - unexpected cast after I reduced the number of queen-cells after T ...
  Topic: weight of strong colony
CeeBee

Replies: 4
Views: 3689

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:04 pm   Subject: weight of strong colony
Hi - sorry, slow-motion conversation - don't often log on. Yes - my hives are sort-of Chandler TBH - not Phil's plans though. I ended up with something that's the same 15 inch gap across the top, not ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
CeeBee

Replies: 30
Views: 29893

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:29 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
I wonder if this area is blessed with an excess of Ivy, or is it the same everywhere. Just like last year, all colonies are now booming and taking advantage of it. I cut out a colony from a birdbox a ...
  Topic: weight of strong colony
CeeBee

Replies: 4
Views: 3689

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:17 pm   Subject: weight of strong colony
Rough guide to weight: over last winter, my colonies were up to around 60kg total, of which a bit less than 30kg was the hive. The weight is essentially stored honey, as the bees themselves might be j ...
  Topic: Advice on mead please
CeeBee

Replies: 18
Views: 19489

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:16 pm   Subject: Advice on mead please
I've got some mead on the go...

Just an update on my mead. Now just over a month since starting it, and I've just 'racked' it (i.e. syphoned off dregs) for the 2nd time. Still in 3 one-gallon demij ...
  Topic: Advice on mead please
CeeBee

Replies: 18
Views: 19489

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:23 pm   Subject: Advice on mead please
I've got some mead on the go. It's going to sound a bit 'professional' (still might be rubbish!), but I already had wine & beer-making stuff from doing a bit of it years ago.

I've had a number ...
  Topic: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
CeeBee

Replies: 9
Views: 7371

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:41 pm   Subject: Swarmed Hives. All brood hatched .... No eggs
I've had my own first experience of doing splits after a prime swarm has gone during the past month or so.

First hive swarmed just as I was about to put my 'artificial swarm' plan into action. They ...
  Topic: Shims
CeeBee

Replies: 4
Views: 4484

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:13 pm   Subject: Re: Shims
At Brimscall recently shims were being used between some of the bars in a top bar hive. What is the thickness of shims useful for this purpose, and how do you get/make them?

Well I use 4mm and 6mm ...
  Topic: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
CeeBee

Replies: 10
Views: 7111

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 7:37 am   Subject: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
I should have looked it up while posting yesterday:

According to my records, I hived my 'large cast swarm' on 3-May-2014, first saw eggs on 23-May-2014, and capped brood on 2-Jun-2014. Obviously I ...
  Topic: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
CeeBee

Replies: 10
Views: 7111

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 8:38 pm   Subject: Hived swarm. No eggs yet ....
I found this http://beekeeping.org.uk/is_nat_swarm_cal.pdf very useful (not sure if that's where I originally downloaded it, but it's where I just found an online copy). Nothing you couldn't work out ...
  Topic: worst beekeeper ever?!
CeeBee

Replies: 3
Views: 3344

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 1:33 pm   Subject: worst beekeeper ever?!
If 'a few hundred bees' was a serious estimate, and indeed no eggs/larvae, then it matter not if there's an actual queen there, as she is presumably disfunctional. Presumably the bees had no chance to ...
  Topic: Swarms, splits available (maybe) Cambridge area
CeeBee

Replies: 6
Views: 5179

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 8:41 pm   Subject: Swarms, splits available (maybe) Cambridge area
Just to say that I've got more splits on the go than I could possibly want (if they get going). And I just collected a swarm as well - about 100 yards from my house - don't think it was from one of my ...
  Topic: Proplised mesh floor
CeeBee

Replies: 1
Views: 3429

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:45 pm   Subject: Proplised mesh floor
Parts of my stainless steel mesh floors are blocked up - not the entire floor, but patches. I don't really worry about it - still plenty clear areas for mites to fall through and be counted, but I mig ...
  Topic: Leyland Cyprus
CeeBee

Replies: 3
Views: 5594

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:34 pm   Subject: Leyland Cyprus
Well that's a plant I haven't yet seen bees paying huge attention to (whether actual 'leylandii' or the many other similar conifers). My garden hives are located underneath some - must look tomorrow w ...
  Topic: Verroa mite control
CeeBee

Replies: 6
Views: 5902

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:18 pm   Subject: Verroa mite control
Sort of as said by Dexter's shed, it seems inlikely (in the UK) that you'll keep bees without them having varroa mite, so just seeing some on the bottom board is nothing unusual. It's a case of how ma ...
  Topic: Would this jacket be OK for a beginner?
CeeBee

Replies: 19
Views: 18849

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:14 am   Subject: Would this jacket be OK for a beginner?
...I must confess I haven't looked at the jacket you mention but bear in mind that if it is elasticated at the waist/hips, it will most likely ride up as you are working and may expose areas that were ...
  Topic: weight of empty versus full of bees and honey TBH ?
CeeBee

Replies: 3
Views: 4347

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:08 am   Subject: weight of empty versus full of bees and honey TBH ?
I didn't weight mine before they had bees in them, but I've got all the wooden components ready for assembling into two new hives - not precisely the same size as a 'Chandler' hive - mine are 1 meter ...
  Topic: Bar preparation
CeeBee

Replies: 5
Views: 4690

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:53 pm   Subject: Bar preparation
I use nothing at all on the inside, and an appropriate wood-preserver on the outside - I want the outside the remain resistant to the elements, without me needing to make a new hive after it rots - an ...
  Topic: entrance position on chandler tbh
CeeBee

Replies: 6
Views: 6007

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:14 am   Subject: entrance position on chandler tbh
Suddenly, lots of posts about where entrances 'should' be (3 different recent threads)

In my mind, there's no right or wrong, the bees will cope with anything, but maybe management will be a bit di ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
CeeBee

Replies: 22
Views: 24176

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:07 pm   Subject: Do bees like moss?
I just repotted one tray of Venus' Fly-Traps (I mentioned them in the post above) - the main aim being to remove excess moss, which tends to grow to excess in the pots.

I did it on a cold day, so t ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
CeeBee

Replies: 22
Views: 24176

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:11 pm   Subject: Do bees like moss?
My bees are very keen on the mossy surface of the soil in my pots of carnivorous plants. The soil is mainly peat, typical of what carnivorous plants grow in, and I keep them stood in rainwater - resul ...
  Topic: New Swarm
CeeBee

Replies: 6
Views: 6066

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:11 pm   Subject: Re: New Swarm
...
the only time they became at all aggresssive was when I sprayed
water on them to 'encourage' them to pull their heads down
when trying to re-position top bars. Is there another way to do this? ...
  Topic: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
CeeBee

Replies: 10
Views: 10357

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:50 pm   Subject: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
I looked through the window on each of my two hTBH last night - around dusk on what was forecast to be the coldest night this winter so far (down to 1 or 2 C). It was the first time I'd seen my bees ' ...
  Topic: Hive tool preferences
CeeBee

Replies: 9
Views: 8281

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:42 pm   Subject: Hive tool preferences
Still in my first year with two hTBH, but so far, it's old bread-knives for me! Used for inserting between two top bars and levering a bar to start sliding away from its neighbour. I wonder, when the ...
  Topic: Formic acid treatments kills Queens
CeeBee

Replies: 11
Views: 15861

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:19 pm   Subject: Formic acid treatments kills Queens
I expect I already said elsewhere, but I treated my two hTBH with MAQS formic acid strips in August 2014 - no queen-loss, or any other problems, and lots of Varroa drop after the 1-week treatment. Not ...
  Topic: Randy Oliver is saying Neonics are safe for bees!
CeeBee

Replies: 5
Views: 5926

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:56 pm   Subject: Re: Randy Oliver is saying Neonics are safe for bees!

Or am I misunderstanding Confused...


I don't know, but what he writes seems sensible and unbiased to me. Has he any 'vested interest'? I also feel that neonics are getting the blame for lots of thin ...
  Topic: bearding at night in late September
CeeBee

Replies: 10
Views: 9096

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:43 pm   Subject: bearding at night in late September
Not that I know whether bearding is good or bad (or unusual) - it's my first season with two hTBH - but there are more bees outside both hives than I've seen before this evening after this rather exce ...
  Topic: Varroa treatment.
CeeBee

Replies: 8
Views: 5812

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:43 pm   Subject: Varroa treatment.
Apiguard is thymol, right? (not to be confused with Apistan, which is fluvalinate miticide?). Guess we ought to be certain which you're talking about - I think that 'immunity' to thymol and organic ac ...
  Topic: Icing Sugar Varoa Treatment.
CeeBee

Replies: 16
Views: 18456

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:15 pm   Subject: Icing Sugar Varoa Treatment.
Yes - I don't know yet what to make of icing-sugar use. I've got some in a container ready for use - perhaps I'm a bit short of a good method for applying it. But is it actually any use against Varroa ...
 
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