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  Topic: Is it too late to introduce a nuc into my new top bar hive
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 82

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:05 am   Subject: Is it too late to introduce a nuc into my new top bar hive
Hi Wendy,

Should be fine if you can get one. you have the rest of July and August for them to build up enough stores for the winter. I wouldn't expect to get any more harvest than one or two bars a ...
  Topic: Dead queen after going from frames to TBH
catchercradle

Replies: 3
Views: 133

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:14 pm   Subject: Dead queen after going from frames to TBH
My instinct is that if you have comb with eggs and young larvae, to wait and let them raise a new queen. (I have yet to buy a queen and have always let the bees make one for themselves, occasionally t ...
  Topic: Warre - new box
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 238

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:44 am   Subject: Warre - new box
I shall worry about the next lift if and when they fill that fourth one

I would always harvest some rather than going up to a stack of five boxes. Unless absolutely level too much danger of it tip ...
  Topic: Warre - new box
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 238

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:04 am   Subject: Warre - new box
If you can get a bar out from one of your original boxes and move it to the new box and replace the empty bar in the box you took one from they should then move down. Alternatively you can do as you s ...
  Topic: Prime swarm not left yet? Is Taranov split posible
catchercradle

Replies: 4
Views: 204

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:57 pm   Subject: Prime swarm not left yet? Is Taranov split posible
If you are sure they have not swarmed, I would say that there would be no problem doing a Taranov split. Even if they have and there are larvae less than 3 days old it should still work though if I wa ...
  Topic: What to do next?
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 129

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:05 am   Subject: What to do next?
I usually my Warre on three boxes. Any more and I would have to strap the hive down to the floor to cope with the winds we get even if this is only on three or four days spread over the winter/spring. ...
  Topic: Advice needed - feeding an artificial swarm
catchercradle

Replies: 3
Views: 215

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:44 pm   Subject: Advice needed - feeding an artificial swarm
Hi Nathalie,

I would imagine that having given them a good start it is likely that your bees won't need feeding again as long as you don't take too much honey away from them. I don't do artificial ...
  Topic: Inspection question
catchercradle

Replies: 3
Views: 254

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:25 pm   Subject: Inspection question
My top bar hives and nationals have all been inspected by the bee inspector this year and last because of EFB within 2Km. All were clear. I would suggest inviting the bee inspector to visit. If anythi ...
  Topic: under ground bees
catchercradle

Replies: 2
Views: 372

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:45 pm   Subject: under ground bees
Three years ago, there was a colony under a manhole cover at Fowlmere RSPB reserve. A friend put a bait hive nearby to no avail and sadly this year there was no sign of the colony. They were not in an ...
  Topic: Badgers
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 1251

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon May 07, 2018 7:44 pm   Subject: Badgers
I know from reading that badgers can target hives and they are very strong both with claws and teeth. I doubt if my hives would stand much chance if the local badgers did target them. Certainly chicke ...
  Topic: One dead and one almost dead collony.
catchercradle

Replies: 3
Views: 575

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 8:46 am   Subject: One dead and one almost dead collony.
And as I said in another thread, lots of experienced bee keepers have had 25, 30% or even higher losses this winter. Isolation starvation has apparently been common with the initially mild weather fol ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet News Update
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 9981

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:19 am   Subject: Asian Hornet News Update
I might set up some monitoring traps too. If I find a nest, I am guessing that the method I occasionally use for wasps of covering them with a large pile of grass clippings that will heat up as they r ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet News Update
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 9981

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:16 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet News Update
Thanks for this,

I must admit I suspect that long term we are going to have to learn to live with the Asian Hornet, the only thing that isn't clear yet is whether it will establish itself before or ...
  Topic: feeding bees too much?
catchercradle

Replies: 8
Views: 3329

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:24 pm   Subject: feeding bees too much?
I don't feed my bees except in emergency but I don't know your part of the world. For me the only problem with overfeeding is if you make them run out of room when the queen is in lay as this might st ...
  Topic: Dead bees and weird larvae
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 1978

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:48 pm   Subject: Dead bees and weird larvae
Difficult to be sure without having seen them and without local knowledge. The dead bees could be the boys being kicked out before winter!

Dave
  Topic: beegym
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 1792

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:33 pm   Subject: beegym
I don't know how effective it is but I see no reason why it shouldn't work. I spoke with one of the researchers who was trailing it in the hives at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. I wasn't eligi ...
  Topic: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
catchercradle

Replies: 12
Views: 6032

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:47 am   Subject: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
Nice. Only ever done one cut out..

-What would happen if you accidentally spray the queen with honeybee-gone

My guess is that the queen did go in. Never used honeybegone myself. If by any chan ...
  Topic: Honey Flow Hive
catchercradle

Replies: 24
Views: 56962

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:14 am   Subject: Honey Flow Hive
Last two posts certainly tell me I have made the right decision in not being an early adopter.

Interesting comparing seasons also. I think I have had my best season ever with a very strong flow fr ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
catchercradle

Replies: 57
Views: 35056

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:02 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Certainly, there are more of them around. When Bee inspector came to see my apiary the other week, he said seasonal bee inspectors were now working an extra two weeks into the autumn because of them a ...
  Topic: Varroa treatment.
catchercradle

Replies: 8
Views: 8045

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:37 pm   Subject: Varroa treatment.
I haven't treated now for several years but one of my colonies does have quite a high load, though the Bee Inspector who came because of EFB within 3Km has seen a lot worse. I may treat at some point ...
  Topic: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
catchercradle

Replies: 4
Views: 4166

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:06 am   Subject: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
Or you could make a willow skep for your bees!
  Topic: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good.
catchercradle

Replies: 2
Views: 3848

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:20 pm   Subject: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good.
Mine too Barbara. And I had already left them plenty for the winter so I have little doubt I will be able to take some honey in the spring, probably an average of one super per hive for my nationals a ...
  Topic: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 10361

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:38 pm   Subject: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
Yes, my plan hadn't been to open up till spring and do some sorting out of minor niggles then. As it is, I am clearer about what I need to do in spring. I know some people stay off bee base to avoid i ...
  Topic: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 10361

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:33 pm   Subject: Another vist from the Bee Inspector.
Bee Inspector came again yesterday. - EFB had been found within 3Km on another inspection which surprised the inspector as it is rare in our bit of Cambridgeshire. (Much more common in North Cambridge ...
  Topic: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 2119

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:35 pm   Subject: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Thymol and oxalic acid treatments are conventional and totally organic. And they work.

In my book thymol and oxalic acid chemically produced from oil do not count as organic. Neither does most cre ...
  Topic: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
catchercradle

Replies: 2
Views: 2191

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 am   Subject: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
HI,
I don't see why they shouldn't survive on Rape Seed Honey. Mine often over winter on Ivy which sets much harder. I haven't fed mine for about 5 years now and I have had the odd loss due to new q ...
  Topic: Undecided
catchercradle

Replies: 4
Views: 2196

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:38 pm   Subject: Undecided
Hi, I also haven't treated for quite a few years. Doesn't mean I will never treat however.

Apigard treatment makes use of the fact that the bees hate it as they spread it around the hive in their ...
  Topic: ApiGard
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 1945

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:36 pm   Subject: ApiGard
If I were to use it, I would put it on top of the second box assuming there is brood in it. An eke to give the bees room to access it easily is often used.

I don't know the answer to this but do th ...
  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
catchercradle

Replies: 9
Views: 6929

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:04 pm   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
Love all the images,


Our buff-tailed bumblebees look like white-tailed bumble bees.

The workers and males look virtually identical between the two species. Only the queens are identifiable at ...
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
catchercradle

Replies: 10
Views: 4089

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:09 pm   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
I feel, I am out of date with all the treatment regimes, having not treated for several years now despite the bee inspector's telling a fellow beek that a hive had a heavy infestation. They did treat ...
 
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