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  Topic: Extensive outbreak of dysentary in apiary
Tavascarow

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:11 pm   Subject: Extensive outbreak of dysentary in apiary
Sycamore (& most others in the acer family) are known for producing a lot of honeydew.
The sycamore here is in flower & the bees are buzzing.
I suspect yours have found a source & got a ...
  Topic: Bumble bees
Tavascarow

Replies: 3
Views: 2466

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 11:07 am   Subject: Bumble bees
If you do try to relocate seek good advice from the more specialist bee people before you do.
& give her the internet link to the buglife bee page.
https://www.buglife.org.uk/
  Topic: Bumble bees
Tavascarow

Replies: 3
Views: 2466

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 11:00 am   Subject: Bumble bees
My answer is try to educate her to love them.
I've been called out to a couple of bumble bee nests & It's possible in most instances to relocate them with very gentle handling.
Although I'm not ...
  Topic: Trapout - comb of eggs
Tavascarow

Replies: 19
Views: 7733

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 7:50 am   Subject: Trapout - comb of eggs
On day 3 I looked inside the hive and bees were beyond the follower (5bars) so I moved it to give them 8 bars. A nice cluster on the first 4 bars. No bees seemed to be getting back in to the roof, b ...
  Topic: My bees have swarmed.
Tavascarow

Replies: 1
Views: 1564

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 7:43 am   Subject: My bees have swarmed.
Hi Uwe.
As long as you're sure the dieouts weren't caused by brood disease it will be fine.
I doubt brood disease was the issue but if there has been reports in your area it pays to shut up any dead ...
  Topic: bear problem-- can I raise new hive inside a big barn??
Tavascarow

Replies: 5
Views: 3486

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 12:30 pm   Subject: bear problem-- can I raise new hive inside a big barn??
An alternative is an electric fence.
There are many good 12v fence chargers both battery & mains powered that will keep the bears away from your bees.
  Topic: feed the bees sugar, or not?
Tavascarow

Replies: 2
Views: 1786

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 8:23 pm   Subject: feed the bees sugar, or not?
There is historical evidence that feeding sugar for overwintering will indeed help the bees live longer, as there are less impurities in pure sucrose which means the bees have to void their bowels les ...
  Topic: In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
Tavascarow

Replies: 8
Views: 3309

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 10:05 am   Subject: In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
& make a roof that will allow enough room for plenty of top insulation. Smile
  Topic: Trapout - comb of eggs
Tavascarow

Replies: 19
Views: 7733

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 8:04 am   Subject: Trapout - comb of eggs
Looks like it's working.
I've never done a trap out because of the difficulties already highlighted & because my interest in obtaining new colonies is increasing the genetic diversity of my stock ...
  Topic: Deep insulated hive
Tavascarow

Replies: 4
Views: 3691

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 3:35 pm   Subject: Deep insulated hive
Still not showing.
Check the privacy settings on the album.
I suspect it's set to you & facebook friends only.
  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
Tavascarow

Replies: 9
Views: 4941

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 6:58 pm   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
Beautiful images.
Smile
  Topic: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
Tavascarow

Replies: 12
Views: 4493

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 10:34 pm   Subject: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
Thanks again, the fact they go for face and hands (exposed skin I guess) makes sense. The time the wasps stung me it was all on the head, how do they know.

Neighbour was worried about then but I j ...
  Topic: Moving bees from bad location ?
Tavascarow

Replies: 13
Views: 4705

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:40 pm   Subject: Moving bees from bad location ?
Is the nest box small enough to put it in the TBH?
  Topic: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
Tavascarow

Replies: 12
Views: 4493

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:31 pm   Subject: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
If the suit is fine weave & clean the bees wont try to sting through it.
I've worked some aggresive colonies & the bees fly at the face & sting the hands.
I've had bees crawling all over ...
  Topic: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
Tavascarow

Replies: 12
Views: 4493

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 9:10 pm   Subject: Beekeeping suit basics and working close to annoyed bees
I've just bought a new jacket & veil & It's fine but made from lighter weight fabric than my old sherriff smock.
But it was a third of the price.
You get what you pay for so cheap will mean ...
  Topic: Help/advice needed asap
Tavascarow

Replies: 4
Views: 2226

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 08, 2016 5:25 pm   Subject: Help/advice needed asap
I've never done a chop & crop so can't really advise but I would message Phil & ask him if there's anyone near who can help you.
He probably knows most of the Natural beekeepers in Devon.
Th ...
  Topic: small cell
Tavascarow

Replies: 8
Views: 3766

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:11 am   Subject: small cell
The science behind small cell is sound & makes sense to me, but like most here I use top bar hives or foundationless frames & let the bees determine their own cell sizes.
I'm not organised en ...
  Topic: unidentified object in new apiary after installing nuc
Tavascarow

Replies: 2
Views: 1986

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:51 am   Subject: unidentified object in new apiary after installing nuc
It sounds more like a package to me & if so that cup will contains the queen from what I've read. You are supposed to release her when installing the bees into their new home.
Loads of videos on ...
  Topic: Bait hives.
Tavascarow

Replies: 9
Views: 3837

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:04 pm   Subject: Bait hives.
And, I now have two swarms to pick up, one on a sage bush, the other on a a rosemary bush. - Just need thyme and parsley for a full set Evil or Very Mad
Can't be Italian bees.
They would be on the Basil & ...
  Topic: papier mache hive
Tavascarow

Replies: 5
Views: 3110

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:39 am   Subject: papier mache hive
Some people have used the peat/papier mache pots as bait hives.
Personally I can see pluses to making hives this way. Recycled news print is free & no more trees are felled.
Personally I wouldn ...
  Topic: Bait hives.
Tavascarow

Replies: 9
Views: 3837

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:27 am   Subject: Bait hives.
The earlier the better.
Scout bees will be snooping around a long time before swarming season.
  Topic: Ivy Bees (colletes hederae)
Tavascarow

Replies: 4
Views: 2916

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:38 pm   Subject: Ivy Bees (colletes hederae)
Are these current?
Ivy bees emerge very late to coincide with the Ivy flowers which is how they get their name.
  Topic: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
Tavascarow

Replies: 11
Views: 4710

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:02 am   Subject: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
Sounds like swarming to me but I don't know your locale or climate.
  Topic: Bees and horses
Tavascarow

Replies: 4
Views: 2425

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:44 am   Subject: Bees and horses
I wouldn't site hives where livestock has access. They all like a rub & knocking hives over wouldn't be nice for all involved.
I've kept bees in the same fielsd as cattle, horses & sheep but ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
Tavascarow

Replies: 20
Views: 10600

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:33 am   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
Again constructive comment.
The only thing I'd change is the entrance closer.
During transport a hive can get very agitated, generating a lot of heat & using up oxygen fast.
I would do away wit ...
  Topic: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
Tavascarow

Replies: 19
Views: 7807

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:15 am   Subject: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
Those links don't work.
  Topic: Skeps
Tavascarow

Replies: 10
Views: 5200

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:03 pm   Subject: Skeps
I've a series of photos of myself cleaving & preparing willow on my [url=https://www.facebook.com/steve.mitchell.10485/media_set?set=a.10153113257718279.1073741840.604793278&type=3]facebook pa ...
  Topic: Skeps
Tavascarow

Replies: 10
Views: 5200

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:39 am   Subject: Skeps
[url=http://www.martinatnewton.com/skepmaking]Martin Newton's skep making site is the best resource for skep making I have found on the web. [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2IjNBbLESY&list= ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
Tavascarow

Replies: 20
Views: 10600

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:51 pm   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
Laughing Laughing Guarantee toddler will only do it once.
I'll send a message to the admin on DS on your behalf.
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
Tavascarow

Replies: 20
Views: 10600

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:13 pm   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
Hi tai haku.
Good to see you over here.
Volume is more important than dimensions but it makes sense to make your bait hives the same bar length & cross section as your hives in my humble opinion ...
 
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