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  Topic: Leftover honey from hive
agapetos

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:10 pm   Subject: Leftover honey from hive
I have two KTBH. I live in Serbia and I have local beekeeping clubs, so by "package swarm" I meant a box with bees rather than bees with established frames with brood (In serbia everyone use ...
  Topic: Leftover honey from hive
agapetos

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:40 pm   Subject: Leftover honey from hive
What about empty combs - do you think that it would be useful for bees that I just reatach it to the bars. That way I think I would both save them some time in drawing a comb and provide streight comb ...
  Topic: Leftover honey from hive
agapetos

Replies: 14
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:37 pm   Subject: Leftover honey from hive
Thank you.
That is what I will do: Take the capped honey, put the rest into a freezer and either reatach it for the possible swarm or give it to the new package of bees...

If I gave those combs wi ...
  Topic: Leftover honey from hive
agapetos

Replies: 14
Views: 6125

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:38 am   Subject: Leftover honey from hive
I am sure they had varoa. That is one of the reasons (maybe the main one) why they died. I have treated them but too late (began in autumn).
  Topic: Leftover honey from hive
agapetos

Replies: 14
Views: 6125

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:32 pm   Subject: Leftover honey from hive
Yes, I do have a lot of Ivy groving around my house and in the park behind my house, I mean, A LOT. Could it be that it is what Ivy honey looks like?
On the top quarter of the comb (not seen on the p ...
  Topic: Leftover honey from hive
agapetos

Replies: 14
Views: 6125

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:19 pm   Subject: Leftover honey from hive
Hi, this winter was bad for me due to hospitalization, so I was not able to properly take care of my bees (add more of isolation around my hive). So, since yesterday was a warmer day, I've guessed tha ...
  Topic: Robbing while harvesting honey
agapetos

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:08 pm   Subject: Robbing while harvesting honey
Just an update:
I've finushed harvesting the secund hive. I did it in the early morning, covered the first hive'entrance wih mash, so some bees and yellow jackets again came to rob the secund hive, b ...
  Topic: Robbing while harvesting honey
agapetos

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:02 pm   Subject: Robbing while harvesting honey
Well, I've also been thinking about waiting for the spring, but... precisely that (together with lack of decisiveness) lead me to allowing enough time for cross-combing to make almost impossible to ch ...
  Topic: Robbing while harvesting honey
agapetos

Replies: 6
Views: 5291

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:30 pm   Subject: Robbing while harvesting honey
I like the idea of night with red light torch Smile
  Topic: Robbing while harvesting honey
agapetos

Replies: 6
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:21 pm   Subject: Robbing while harvesting honey
Hi,
I have 2 TBKH one next to the other. For several months I have postponed solving the cross-combing issues in my hives and yesterday at 2 pm I've decided to harvest the honey and fix all cross-com ...
  Topic: Bananas and Bees
agapetos

Replies: 12
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:21 pm   Subject: Bananas and Bees
oups - sorry, only now have I noticed that I have placed my question in a wrong topic. should i delete it?
  Topic: Bananas and Bees
agapetos

Replies: 12
Views: 9498

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:06 pm   Subject: Bananas and Bees
Hi, I am just about to head out to do my first full spring inspection. Today is a nice warm day of about 20 degrees Celsius.
I have placed a "bee cake" in my hives (a thick food for bees du ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
agapetos

Replies: 22
Views: 19920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:56 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
I have the store bought feeding trays. I have made a custom top bar just for this purpose: it has a 1 cm wide slit in the middle trough which bees can go directly to the feeding tray (but can't go any ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
agapetos

Replies: 22
Views: 19920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:57 am   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
Thank you - this was very helpful. Hmmm - I could then "shorten" the colony to 8-10 frames, which means that one or two smaller empty combs are going to be taken out. And I could do it even ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
agapetos

Replies: 22
Views: 19920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:23 am   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
Thank you all for your help. I have decided to start giving them sugar syrup 2:1 which is thicker so that it does not turn on the breeding. I will try to do so till the end of october and from time to ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
agapetos

Replies: 22
Views: 19920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:51 am   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
Thanks, this pretty much clears it up. However, are thos 20-30 kg for colony of ~40,000 bees or for smaller colonies?
Also, I live in winter zone 6 - if that helps (there are few days each winter tha ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
agapetos

Replies: 22
Views: 19920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:46 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
Yes, but I still don't know how much honey is enough for the winter. I guess that my bees did not grow that much in numbers (weight), so to say that out of 8,5 kg i subtract 2kg for the bees, I have o ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
agapetos

Replies: 22
Views: 19920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:04 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
We still do have some flowers blooming around and bees are all over them. Is that pre-winter feeding going to impede their gathering of the food? Is it also going to facilitate them to start laying to ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
agapetos

Replies: 22
Views: 19920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:55 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
In Serbia we have a very mild October this year - it is between 13 and 25 degrees. And it is going to last till the end of October, so, I was thinking about buying those ... well, I don't know the wor ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
agapetos

Replies: 22
Views: 19920

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:57 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
Hi,
last week I have made an inspection in my two TBHs. I have also measured the weight of each bar (entire bar minus weight of the bar (190g)) and have come to the following numbers:
My left hive h ...
  Topic: Mixing raw propolis with honey
agapetos

Replies: 6
Views: 7814

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:32 pm   Subject: Mixing raw propolis with honey
Yeah, but if I scraped some excess propolis from the walls, how can I mix it with already crushed&drained honey?

Also - if I understood correctly, bees can't recycle wax, right? Can they recycl ...
  Topic: Pollen that fell down trough mesh
agapetos

Replies: 2
Views: 3571

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:27 pm   Subject: Pollen that fell down trough mesh
Hi,
When I made my KTBHs I made a mistake of not installing hinges on the bottom panel, but just fastened it with screws, so that when I inspect it I can just unscrew it and look at it. But.. it prov ...
  Topic: Mixing raw propolis with honey
agapetos

Replies: 6
Views: 7814

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:05 pm   Subject: Mixing raw propolis with honey
Hi,
I've found many websites giving recipe on how to make some kinds of mixes with propolis, but none that I've found said anything about mixing raw propolis with honey. Is it possible to mix it and ...
  Topic: Beelining
agapetos

Replies: 49
Views: 76031

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:32 pm   Subject: Beelining
I'm excited to find out what happened next.
Maybe if you would put a bait hive... but... a standard swarm could be up to 5kg, but this is not really a swarm - they are (as it seams) a fully functioni ...
  Topic: varroa predator
agapetos

Replies: 21
Views: 30198

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:23 pm   Subject: varroa predator
What about earwigs? I've heard from some local beekeepers that they could be predators for the varoa? Is it true? If not - then I've got some problem. Each time that I inspect the hive I see more and ...
  Topic: Drones with no heads
agapetos

Replies: 5
Views: 5337

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:50 pm   Subject: Drones with no heads
I'm a newbee on this subject, but I've heard that when the bees start preparing for the winter it is one of the first signs that they start throwing out the drones... possibly they got decapitated in ...
  Topic: Possible swarming?
agapetos

Replies: 2
Views: 3784

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:56 pm   Subject: Possible swarming?
Hi,
Everything has been going so fine so far (at least I thought so), up until yesterday when I noticed this:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10871766/CAM01039.jpg
It is located on the 5th bar, ...
  Topic: Package bees after installation feeding
agapetos

Replies: 8
Views: 8345

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:12 am   Subject: Package bees after installation feeding
I'm not that desperate to feed them. I'm just worried if I am not doing enough for them.
In Serbia sunflowers have bloomed last week, so there should be a lot of nectar for them, I guess. Also it is ...
  Topic: Package bees after installation feeding
agapetos

Replies: 8
Views: 8345

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:05 pm   Subject: Package bees after installation feeding
Hi, it has been three weeks now that I have started beekeeping. So far, it was very nice for me. One TBH has 13 drawn combs (not fully) and the other one has 9. After about a week since I have settled ...
  Topic: Asian Giant Hornet invading the Balkans
agapetos

Replies: 3
Views: 5846

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:09 pm   Subject: Asian Giant Hornet invading the Balkans
The way I understood it - it seams that it is a migration due to the heightened annual average temperature, so that means that there is plenty of them where they came from.
At the moment Serbian Apic ...
 
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