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  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
NewForester

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:54 am   Subject: Re: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Yes, I am treatment free and have been for about 5 years.

I too have been influenced by Michael Bush and by the fact that my first hive seemed to do very poorly after I gave it Apiguard, and then ...
  Topic: Natural Beekeeping groups in Poole?
NewForester

Replies: 1
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:01 pm   Subject: Re: Natural Beekeeping groups in Poole?
I'd love to join a natural group in Poole. Had my first colony in a TBH last May, but they have sadly not survived the winter season. Think they ran out of food, and I dithered and fed them too late ...
  Topic: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
NewForester

Replies: 7
Views: 5234

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:40 pm   Subject: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
>>Newforester - thanks for your note, I have someone in Guildford who has shown an interest with a proposed pickup on Monday - if this doesn't happen are you happy to be in reserve?

>>D ...
  Topic: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
NewForester

Replies: 7
Views: 5234

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sat May 02, 2015 9:19 pm   Subject: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
Hello Dave

I would like to help and could take the bees. I have sent a PM. Please call me on 07713 391165.

I live down in the New Forest.

Regards

Chris.
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
NewForester

Replies: 228
Views: 385143

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:16 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
I've spent two days reading this very informative thread. Now, an embarrassing question or two: I am a newbeek---lost my first cutout this past fall. Am spending the winter reading and studying as I p ...
  Topic: No Varroa in the Apiary?
NewForester

Replies: 3
Views: 3809

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:02 am   Subject: No Varroa in the Apiary?
Hello

May I ask if there are many natural apiaries out there with no Varroa at all?

I expect the incidence to be less than in apiaries using traditional beekeeping method, but would be intereste ...
  Topic: Screen Floors in Winter
NewForester

Replies: 10
Views: 8841

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:24 pm   Subject: Screen Floors in Winter
I have to say that I am of the same opinion as Barbara. I don't think the bees like open mesh floors and I have stopped using them in summer as well.
  Topic: Odd Bee Behaviour
NewForester

Replies: 6
Views: 6342

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:57 pm   Subject: Odd Bee Behaviour
No, I am afraid that I didn't know the Bible story or the background to the Tate and Lyle image. Thank you.
  Topic: Bees and horses
NewForester

Replies: 19
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:29 pm   Subject: Re: Bees and horses
I also had horses in the neighbouring field and never a problem with the horses.

BUT, hives can be a red rag to the horses's owners!! About 3 years ago there was an article in Horse and Hound wh ...
  Topic: Odd Bee Behaviour
NewForester

Replies: 6
Views: 6342

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:02 pm   Subject: Re: Odd Bee Behaviour
I am sure that I read somewhere that in times gone by, it was thought that bees were born out of dead cows. Perhaps that thinking was related to this kind of behavior.
  Topic: thermal research - need advice on VERY tall warre
NewForester

Replies: 20
Views: 18719

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:57 pm   Subject: Re: thermal research - need advice on VERY tall warre
In my experience, a new swarm in a Warre starts at the top and works down, no matter how tall Warre is. And in fact will do so in any hive, not just a Warre.
  Topic: Bad experience at Thornes at Rand
NewForester

Replies: 12
Views: 16872

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:52 pm   Subject: Re: Bad experience at Thornes at Rand
I think this is worth mentioning.
Took the opportunity to buy some syrup from Thornes at Rand Lincolnshire while in the area. I asked for 30 kg to be put into 3 plastic cans and I worked out the cos ...
 
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