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  Topic: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
Melcbee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:08 pm   Subject: Unhealthy brood
My apologies for flickr link issues, i am not good at uploading stuff. I am fairly sure it is chalk brood from what you have both shared. A final question, would it be advisable to place a brood box b ...
  Topic: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
Melcbee

Replies: 8
Views: 923

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:14 pm   Subject: Unhealthy brood
https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll
Hoping this is a link to a better photo, my phone doesn't do a great macro shot. Let me know if its better. Thanks barbara
  Topic: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
Melcbee

Replies: 8
Views: 923

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:36 pm   Subject: Photo of the brood
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64984663@N08/
Let me know if this is good enough quality. If not i will take another shot. Thanks
  Topic: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
Melcbee

Replies: 8
Views: 923

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:13 pm   Subject: Brood being brought out that are unhealthy
I am helping a friend with her hive that has been neglected. She supports the natural beekeeping method, the hive is a WBC. I inspected it for her. It was 4 boxes high yet upon opening the bottom 3 we ...
  Topic: Help needed in Glastonbury
Melcbee

Replies: 0
Views: 414

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:56 pm   Subject: Help needed in Glastonbury
Are there any beekeepers out there in the Glastonbury (UK), area who could help m?. I need another pair of hands to do some work with a hive, my usual person has broken her foot! With thanks,
Mel
  Topic: Swarm Absconding - Sort of!
Melcbee

Replies: 2
Views: 721

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 11:33 am   Subject: Swarm Absconding - Sort of!
I have 2 top bars situated fairly near to each other. I hived a large swarm in my empty one yesterday. The bees subsequently exited and gathered slowly on the front of the next door hive, re-forming t ...
  Topic: Hive Hygiene
Melcbee

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 11:30 am   Subject: Hive Hygiene
I have two top bar hives. Both went queenless last year and despite some operations I could not revive them. I chose not to buy a new queen through the post, it seemed like it was not wise to encoura ...
  Topic: Wasp Invasion
Melcbee

Replies: 11
Views: 7557

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:12 pm   Subject: Wasps
It appears that you may be right. I lifted the lid this afternoon and a number of wasps arose again. They are reluctant to give up their spot it seems.
  Topic: Wasp Invasion
Melcbee

Replies: 11
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:47 pm   Subject: Re:Wasps
Thank you all for our help. Yesterday I inspected the lid (with full suits and a friend) and indeed there was a sizeable nest of what appeared to be German wasps. This has now been removed and I am af ...
  Topic: Wasp Invasion
Melcbee

Replies: 11
Views: 7557

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:54 pm   Subject: Wasp Invasion
I visited my two top bar hives today. One does not currently have a laying queen and no worker brood but many uncapped queen cells. The other was more disturbing; upon removal of the lid numerous ang ...
  Topic: Top bar beekeepers in Bristol?
Melcbee

Replies: 6
Views: 5810

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:27 pm   Subject: Bristol Group Info
Last year the Bristol Natural Beekeeping Group would meet every first Saturday of the month at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol around midday I think. I am unsure if they still do this, it seems ...
  Topic: Top bar beekeepers in Bristol?
Melcbee

Replies: 6
Views: 5810

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:56 pm   Subject: Top bar beekeepers in Bristol?
I'd love to hear from anyone working with top bar hives in Bristol. Our natural beekeeping group meets monthly on a Saturday which I can't ever make.
I get advice and support from a friend with natio ...
 
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