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  Topic: Wasp in top feeder
Norm

Replies: 7
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:21 pm   Subject: Wasp in top feeder
Briefly, it was me, when I was admin of this forum, who instigated the requirement for adding your location. Having experienced beekeeping in 3 countries all with different climates, I had realized th ...
  Topic: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
Norm

Replies: 12
Views: 25989

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:43 pm   Subject: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
It's been a long time since I first posted this but it does indeed have to be solid in order that those bees within know that they are queenless. If queen pheromones can be sensed/passed to them it wi ...
  Topic: Nuc to Warré Hive
Norm

Replies: 30
Views: 53906

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:11 am   Subject: Nuc to Warré Hive
The grow down method will work if you provide them the means! Wax small pieces of spare comb between the middle top bars, set on top so that when it is put under the box above it will crush slightly ...
  Topic: Mesh floor material
Norm

Replies: 69
Views: 139711

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:47 am   Subject: Mesh floor material
http://www.themeshcompany.com/acatalog/Beekeeping_Varroa_Mesh.html
  Topic: Mesh floor material
Norm

Replies: 69
Views: 139711

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:23 am   Subject: Mesh floor material
Beg to differ! The adult mite is 1-1.8 mm long and 1.5-2 mm wide. I have used 2mm mosquito netting before. Of course they have more chance of latching on to a 2mm hole than a 3mm hole but I think it w ...
  Topic: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
Norm

Replies: 24
Views: 35430

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:19 am   Subject: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.

Thank you Norm, although I'm sorry I touched a nerve in doing so. Surprised
I wasn't trying to bait you into a response but better understand your thoughts on what would you and others think would happ ...
  Topic: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
Norm

Replies: 24
Views: 35430

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:09 pm   Subject: Re: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
...this problem but would the pollination industry collapse very quickly. Which in turn would mean some crops may suffer as a result. Or may be the farmer would pay to employ their own bee keepers to ...
  Topic: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
Norm

Replies: 24
Views: 35430

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:14 pm   Subject: Re: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
Mike, I was going to answer your points one by one but I think it would be much quicker to say that I just about disagree with all of your assumptions! Razz
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Norm

Replies: 62
Views: 89255

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:26 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Embarassed
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Norm

Replies: 62
Views: 89255

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:57 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Opening paragraph of the above book reads:-

All year round it is through this little opening that the
life of a colony pulses. Here it breathes and rejects all
that it will not tolerate in its do ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Norm

Replies: 62
Views: 89255

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:55 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
There is a whole book devoted to the subject called at the hive entrance by H. Storch it was translated from the German version which was called Am Flugloch
  Topic: My IPM
Norm

Replies: 21
Views: 45182

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:43 am   Subject: My IPM
Bridget,

Bernhard has mentioned the policy now and agin on various threads all of which I cannot put my finger on so I hope he will be along and point them out.

I think this article written by ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Norm

Replies: 62
Views: 89255

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:40 am   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
In my experience of both Framed hives and TBH's, I have found minimal interference works better with TBH's. The main reason I say that is because bees will propolise frames into position making them v ...
  Topic: My IPM
Norm

Replies: 21
Views: 45182

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:05 am   Subject: My IPM
Looking back at some of the older posts, I realize that I need to update this thread. I have now decided to adopt the 'Live and let Die' policy mentioned by Bernhard in other threads. Basically for tw ...
  Topic: Simple hive-building jig
Norm

Replies: 27
Views: 51635

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:08 am   Subject: Simple hive-building jig
Phil,

Have you thought about getting together with a local woodworker and making these to order. With the jigs and all and using economies of scale, they could be turned out for a reasonable price ...
  Topic: New portable TBH
Norm

Replies: 44
Views: 89445

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:14 pm   Subject: New portable TBH
I really like the folding A frame support. Does it have a geometric lock to stop it splaying apart. I know the notches would prevent this but setting up it could be helpfull. A full length one is doab ...
  Topic: Finding Feral Bee Colonies - Beelining
Norm

Replies: 17
Views: 39706

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:39 pm   Subject: Finding Feral Bee Colonies - Beelining
Hello and welcome my good friend John. Smile

Great to see you here, I noticed you joined a little while back and was hoping you would post.

For those of you that don't know John, he is an expert ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Norm

Replies: 117
Views: 279802

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:30 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Whoops I thought I had stumbled into the 'Powerswitch' forum by mistake! Energy crisis, Peak Oil, Economic downturn.! Shocked Shocked Shocked

Well when mankind has become extinct, I'll bet you ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Norm

Replies: 117
Views: 279802

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:45 am   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
I thought it was yeast that caused fermentation, and isn't yeast an enzyme not a bacteria?
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Norm

Replies: 117
Views: 279802

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:56 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Well I am no scientist and don't pretend to totally understand such things but I do see things in a simplistic way! Very Happy

For instance in a standard hive, a young bee may be cleaning out a brood cel ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Norm

Replies: 117
Views: 279802

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:54 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Hello Peter,

I wasn't suggesting your were anything of the kind. More like, you just like to argue for arguments sake. Hence the merry-go-round of repeated posts saying more or less the same thing ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Norm

Replies: 117
Views: 279802

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:53 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Peter, the reason I transcribed David's answer from the Yahoo group is because no one here seems to have the experience or knowledge to provide a good authoratative answer. You say you read his reply ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Norm

Replies: 117
Views: 279802

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:17 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
I posed the question from the first post in this thread to the Yahoo warre group.

This is the reply that David Heaf gave:-

"As I understand the Warre system, honey is harvested in the
Aut ...
  Topic: Finding Feral Bee Colonies - Beelining
Norm

Replies: 17
Views: 39706

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:45 pm   Subject: Finding Feral Bee Colonies - Beelining
I find this subject fascinating and have had a go myself in the past. This is the timing formula I mentioned in the other thread:-

The distance to the nest can be calculated using a formula develop ...
  Topic: Finding Feral Bee Colonies - Beelining
Norm

Replies: 17
Views: 39706

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:53 pm   Subject: Finding Feral Bee Colonies - Beelining
There are several ways to Beeline, here is a link to some of them

http://www.savethehives.com/fbp/Beelining.html
  Topic: Norm's TBH Sugar Powder Applicator
Norm

Replies: 9
Views: 14863

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:46 am   Subject: Norm's TBH Sugar Powder Applicator
Using powdered or icing sugar is a well documented and accepted form of varroa control because of it's non contamination of either honey or wax. Sugar is a natural component of honey.
  Topic: Norm's TBH Sugar Powder Applicator
Norm

Replies: 9
Views: 14863

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:11 pm   Subject: Norm's TBH Sugar Powder Applicator
Yes you are right beesilly, you could just open up the top bars and brush sugar powder down into the gap. This just makes it much quicker and easier and less of a problem if its windy. The gap of the ...
  Topic: My IPM
Norm

Replies: 21
Views: 45182

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:04 am   Subject: My IPM
IMO too dependant on chemicals! Natural chemicals maybe but I feel we should be trying to wean our bees off these and to select for mite tolerant bees. Even though you will probably keep your colonies ...
  Topic: My IPM
Norm

Replies: 21
Views: 45182

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:44 pm   Subject: drone culling
Interesting - I am willing to be persuaded. Do you have any citations I could read up?

Phil,

start by looking up fig 49 in:-

http://beebase.csl.gov.uk/pdfs/managing_varroa.pdf

The colourin ...
  Topic: My IPM
Norm

Replies: 21
Views: 45182

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:18 pm   Subject: My IPM
...The only item I differ on is drone culling, which I only carry out if I suspect that other methods may not be enough for a particular colony. As a general principle, I like to let the bees decide h ...
 
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