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  Topic: New study on 'Type A' and 'Type B' DWV
Che Guebuddha

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:31 am   Subject: New study on 'Type A' and 'Type B' DWV
Apparently the type B virus is not aggressive and the type A is. Also the Btype virus keeps the A type virus out.

This makes sense why treatment free bees, those who survive, still live ok with Va ...
  Topic: Fighting bees, hive defence?
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 9
Views: 8748

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:25 am   Subject: Fighting bees, hive defence?
Scout bees always try their luck to enter hives but that cant be called robbing unless you see a late traffic on that hive even though all other hives have calmed down for the day. Robbing usually goe ...
  Topic: How best to approach getting bees out of a tree trunk.
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 4
Views: 4597

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:49 am   Subject: How best to approach getting bees out of a tree trunk.
I suggest you place a few swarm traps in the area and keep doing so year in year out to get a nice wild stock of bees. In Denmark we hardly have any old hollow trees and would be a shame to cut such d ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:44 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
I think its an Osmia Mason bee. In the Swedish study recently done its shown that Osmia suffers more from Neonicotinoids than Honeybees because Honeybees can clean their body a bit throuhg wax product ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:12 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
I wish I had such farmers around here. In my locality it's starting to be popular to grow seed grass for football stadiums in Brazil. Sprayed several times a season to keep bee-friendly weeds away. Hu ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 134
Views: 167789

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:10 am   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
This is
just brilliant news Smile thanks Barbara for sharing. Just when I think that Biobees can't give me anything new about natural beekeeping such info comes up Smile That's why I love Biobees!

Ok, I ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 134
Views: 167789

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:47 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Thanks for the video Bernhard. You say Dark Comb and Propolis are important for healthy treatment free bees. Thats interesting because I thought dark comb is something to be removed every so often bec ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:22 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g294/Duskob/19DF35C9-9DC3-4517-8C22-A7DE6F35CBA0_zpsjpiuq5gl.jpg

My bees today
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:18 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Only one two weeks ago which was a conventional hive. The guy kept removing queen cell but missed one Wink

My bees are not manipulated except 2 shallow supers placed on top of them.
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:22 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
I have 2 extremely strong colonies after the winter in top bar hives and they have been flying strong all may yet still they are not swarming. I do see several scout bees checking one of my empty hive ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:36 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Thanks Barbara. Will keep an open eye. I am every day in the apiary between 11-14h watching for the last 2 weeks. It's been a long watch. I hope they make a move in the next few days. Sunny and warm h ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:44 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Bernhard (and others) what time of the day do your bees swarm usually? Many in Sweden say around lunch time all between 12-14h.
When your bees swarmed was it cloudy and cold or sunny and hot? Just t ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 19
Views: 14358

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 2:39 pm   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
The farmer wasn't willing to do any agreements because in his mind he was right (or he was lying).

The fact is this; if he is guilty then EU will stop giving him money support which is several 100 ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 19
Views: 14358

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 9:16 am   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
I'm still waiting for the investigation to be complete ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 19
Views: 14358

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 9:07 am   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
catchercradle did you read my posts above mate? The farmer was in no mood to talk to me. He was very much irritated because he believed he is doing nothing illegal. We have farmers who dont even know ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 19
Views: 14358

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 11:43 am   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Bernhard you say act like the bees right Smile what do bees do when you attack them? I'm only doing what bees do, sting Wink
Once you get stung you show them more respect next time.
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 19
Views: 14358

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 7:11 am   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Bernhard, its MUCH easier talking as a German beekeeper to a German farmer in Germany, same language, same mentality. People here dont like some foreigner giving them lessons and sound that he cares m ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 19
Views: 14358

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 9:20 pm   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
OK, I did some nosing around and my wife's old friend is a conventional farmer who told her that it is ILLEGAL to spray anything which is in bloom and attracts bees in the "summer time" (inc ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 9:13 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Now that I see your new log I think I just might shake a swarm into my old log hive never used (still waiting in the work shop to come into action). Will you place your horizontally or vertically?
I ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 19
Views: 14358

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 12:42 pm   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
I think the bees in cities swarm earlier because all trees and bushes start blooming earlier than in the country side. The cities are warmer because of all the traffic and housing, restaurants, etc .. ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 19
Views: 14358

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:12 am   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
This morning I've got a headache after I saw the local farmer spraying his Canola fields which are in full bloom! I still have a headache as I write this and I think its a migraine because I feel like ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 22
Views: 20292

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 6:30 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Im most certainly against open mesh floors Smile so yes top entrance without "chimney effects" please Smile Thanks for pointing this out Barbara Smile

Just to mention; top entrance may not be a go ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 22
Views: 20292

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 5:27 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Dont get confused with the horizontal shape of the hive Smile the nest gets reduced in the Autumn and the follower board is placed behind the 7th-10th comb depending on colony strenght.

So the the sha ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 22
Views: 20292

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 4:22 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Ernie,

instead of 25mm walls use 40-50mm planks instead and if living in a dry climate bottom entrance and if in a humid climate top entrance will help.
Place a Styrofoam under the roof.

Small ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 22
Views: 20292

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 12:19 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
My neighbor had 60% losses in conventional this winter. He had 150 hives on different locations. He treats once with Formic and once with lactic acid every year.

My friend in north of Sweden has 2 ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 22
Views: 20292

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 6:59 am   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Here you can see 2 of my colonies in North of Sweden where temps go down to -27'C and this particular winter of 2012/2013 was extremely long and cold and they survived.
https://www.youtube.com/watch? ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 22
Views: 20292

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 6:43 am   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
There is no LUCK in science/observation. Bees in a certain box survive cold winter = IT WORKS Very Happy Beekeepers talking like those guys are childish and ignorant, why try to explain anything to them whe ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 381
Views: 384259

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 5:07 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Thanks for the reply.
I see.

I wonder if you look at the backfilling of the brood nest at this time of the year as Bien's biological clock. The very aspect of setting off swarm behaviour?

If ...
  Topic: New field study on Neonicotinoids in Sweden
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 2
Views: 5895

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 2:57 pm   Subject: New field study on Neonicotinoids in Sweden
Its a very interesting study. Apparently bees are attracted to Neonics because of the Nicotin and between clean sugar syrup and one with neonics the bees chose to feed on the sugar syrup containing ne ...
  Topic: New field study on Neonicotinoids in Sweden
Che Guebuddha

Replies: 2
Views: 5895

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 12:05 pm   Subject: New field study on Neonicotinoids in Sweden
My wife's brother Thorsten Pedersen was a part of this 2 year study in Sweden. I have got the pdf from him but am not allowed to publish it anywhere on the net. I can share it by email with friends w ...
 
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