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  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
andy pearce

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:16 pm   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
I have not had much luck in sorting out a hive that has got to the stage where the workers are laying even with a shake out.

The drones are no good either as they are diploid drones from laying wo ...
  Topic: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
andy pearce

Replies: 5
Views: 819

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:58 pm   Subject: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
Andy...what vaporizer are you using?

I have heard that MAQ strips need to go into big healthy colonies and there is a risk of queen death.

If you need to treat for mites it seems that, reading ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
andy pearce

Replies: 56
Views: 67287

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:40 pm   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Welll.....it is 13 hives now...the 4 Warre I got from Icko all have bees. I have one empty hive left. All swarms came to me!

Wow supering your Perone, so what do you think of the system? Still too ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
andy pearce

Replies: 56
Views: 67287

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 5:54 am   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Good luck with it. Keep us posted.

Unfortunately, life still has not come up with a Perone site yet but I came to Sussex with one hive and now am up to nine.

Having a go with Warre this year as ...
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
andy pearce

Replies: 13
Views: 2935

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:30 am   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Hi
all, despite having been a little quiet for a while (while moving, setting up a new apiary, catching swarms and of course tackling a new job) , I still log into the forum regularly. To me it is th ...
  Topic: Anyone in East Sussex (Brighton & Hove)?
andy pearce

Replies: 3
Views: 2587

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:24 pm   Subject: Anyone in East Sussex (Brighton & Hove)?
Hi Hannah, my bees are in Washington and at work....I stay late if I need to do anything, so not much help at present I am afraid. There are lots of bees about in the Brighton area so you might find s ...
  Topic: Colony collapse disorder
andy pearce

Replies: 10
Views: 3639

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:26 pm   Subject: Colony collapse disorder
AFB!... bad luck-did the NBU identify the source or was it one of those probably random foraging through the unwashed imported honey jar in the re-cycling box down the road jobs?
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  Topic: Colony collapse disorder
andy pearce

Replies: 10
Views: 3639

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:11 pm   Subject: Colony collapse disorder
Failed queen mating ? The colony would become worker layer then dwindle away leaving empty cells or just a few capped random drone cells. It happened to mine a couple of times...didn't interfere to se ...
  Topic: Swarm please! Hertfordshire
andy pearce

Replies: 4
Views: 2785

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:32 pm   Subject: Swarm please! Hertfordshire
Hi Kevi
watched your vid about your stick...very interesting...

What do you mean by swarm traps....Do you mean bait hives? I used empty National brood and a super and got six primes and two casts ...
  Topic: Almonds, Water and Hedge Funds
andy pearce

Replies: 6
Views: 6255

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:43 am   Subject: Almonds, Water and Hedge Funds
What we can do ourselves is to only buy.organic almonds or no almonds at all

http://www.bigtreeorganic.com/morethanalmonds.html

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  Topic: Apis mellifera mellifera
andy pearce

Replies: 6
Views: 4963

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:59 am   Subject: Apis mellifera mellifera
I think it is a good idea. I have said it many times on this forum.

There are lots of good reasons for doing this including the fact that these bees do well in places with fluctuating weather condi ...
  Topic: December activity
andy pearce

Replies: 7
Views: 5940

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:06 pm   Subject: December activity
I have...not granulated but castor sugar as Michael Bush describes. It works fine. A bag of castor sugar wetted then dried then wrapped in cling film with a hole in it over the feed hole is just as go ...
  Topic: Chalk Brood ....
andy pearce

Replies: 7
Views: 5199

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:02 pm   Subject: Chalk Brood ....
Don't worry about it...all my bees have it, some more than others.
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  Topic: Fondant
andy pearce

Replies: 7
Views: 4523

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:00 pm   Subject: Fondant
I have tried it and it worked but in the hive became a wet sludge dripping like lava down the combs in a wet and humid winter. I dont like it but if I do have to feed sugar that is what I give them.. ...
  Topic: East Sussex
andy pearce

Replies: 1
Views: 2510

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:52 pm   Subject: East Sussex
There is or was a forum for Sussex here

http://www.farmco.co.uk/

I cannot see when the last post was. Where in East Sussex are you...it would be useful to pop that info in as well on your profil ...
  Topic: Perone populated with a swarm.
andy pearce

Replies: 17
Views: 21906

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:23 pm   Subject: Perone populated with a swarm.
so would I
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  Topic: British Black Bee project
andy pearce

Replies: 145
Views: 170018

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:39 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
We had a discussion about wing morphology about five pages back on this thread....apparently wing morphology is not a good indicator of sub species type. If this is so those who use wing morph to test ...
  Topic: Flying Ants
andy pearce

Replies: 3
Views: 7099

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:27 pm   Subject: Flying Ants
was it a flower day.............
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  Topic: Advice on mead please
andy pearce

Replies: 18
Views: 19283

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:08 am   Subject: Advice on mead please
I have tried a few different ways....Elderflowers, bread yeast and wine yeast. The Elder was the slowest and needed a wine yeast boost, the bread was OK and obviously the wine yeast the best. The resu ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
andy pearce

Replies: 381
Views: 384432

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:03 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Bernhard
Just watched your queen rearing video.

Correct me if I am wrong.

You are starting a new hive

Is that fully drawn comb under that excluder?

You shake the bees in from a number of ...
  Topic: Perone populated with a swarm.
andy pearce

Replies: 17
Views: 21906

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:43 pm   Subject: Perone populated with a swarm.
I agree with the above...when he designed the hive it was to be populated full size so the measuring the bees did would account for the whole space and not just part of it. Looks like in your case it ...
  Topic: Bees on floor?
andy pearce

Replies: 4
Views: 4199

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:56 pm   Subject: Bees on floor?
Ok...you will need a queen with wings that she can fly with. You have several options.

Leave them alone and hope for the best

Find the deformed queen and replace her with a new queen

Merge t ...
  Topic: Bees on floor?
andy pearce

Replies: 4
Views: 4199

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:10 pm   Subject: Bees on floor?
Sounds to me like you have a clipped queen.....the wings have been cut short to prevent flying off with a swarm. If your friend had a clipped queen in the hive and that hive swarmed it is that queen t ...
  Topic: what do i put on a beesting
andy pearce

Replies: 14
Views: 9736

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 11:33 pm   Subject: what do i put on a beesting
On a sting put bicarbonate of soda and then fizz it with cider vinegar....gone.
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  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
andy pearce

Replies: 44
Views: 37119

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 5:40 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
I have caught swarms from my own bees in my garden in my bait hive on my oil tank....out of one box directly into another within 10 metres.

There maybe a reason for this...when the bees emerge from ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
andy pearce

Replies: 44
Views: 37119

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 5:21 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
As above....I caught the worst tempered bees in a bait hive and had to put them in a wood. Disease is not the only issue. These were very prolific but dangerous and as the wood was not mine and the la ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
andy pearce

Replies: 44
Views: 37119

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 8:38 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
You have done your research! Great.

I use two old national supers with top bars in the top one and a screened floor for travelling (ventilation) which give me near to 40 litres.. And a roof of cour ...
  Topic: Mentor wanted ( TELFORD AREA )
andy pearce

Replies: 6
Views: 5805

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:08 am   Subject: Mentor wanted ( TELFORD AREA )
Sam,
sorry, I am not in Shropshire enough at the moment to be a mentor. When I am at my apiary it is usually at short notice and at this time of year, and weather dependent.

I assume from your pos ...
  Topic: cuckoo
andy pearce

Replies: 1
Views: 3323

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:55 am   Subject: cuckoo
Very nice...looking forward to hearing one. Many years ago I followed one which was wall hopping and calling about fifty metres in front of me in mid Wales for about ten minutes, a very good sight I h ...
  Topic: Searching for a source of 'packaged' bees in the U.K.
andy pearce

Replies: 8
Views: 9777

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:35 am   Subject: Searching for a source of 'packaged' bees in the U.K.
Hi
packages are uncommon in the UK. Most bees are sold on five framed National hive nucs although some bee keepers are moving toward selling a variety of types of nucleus colonies, including top bar ...
 
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