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  Topic: The Dartington Long Deep Hive
catchercradle

Replies: 2
Views: 220

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:41 pm   Subject: The Dartington Long Deep Hive
Biggest advantage over nationals is the half sized supers which mean lifting them isn't above health and safety limits. However anywhere you might have to move one of these if the bees turn aggressive ...
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.
catchercradle

Replies: 7
Views: 407

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:15 pm   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
The Perone I had on an organic farm, the colonies (yes two in opposite corners of the hive) didn't survive. That was some years ago. I may try putting a swarm in it again next year but only if I get a ...
  Topic: The Lives of Bees - Thomas D. Seeley
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 730

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:13 pm   Subject: The Lives of Bees - Thomas D. Seeley
I have read some of his earlier work and really enjoyed it. Thanks for alerting us to this.
  Topic: Starving?
catchercradle

Replies: 3
Views: 785

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:39 am   Subject: Starving?
Whereabouts in UK are you? What are other bee keepers experiencing at the moment in your area? If weather is good in your area and there is plenty of forage for them, I probably wouldn't feed but I su ...
  Topic: Not taking syrup
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 1034

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 30, 2019 8:22 pm   Subject: Not taking syrup
Minor point, sometimes if there is a very good flow of nectar the bees will ignore syrup. It is worth updating your location to say where about in UK you live. All bee keeping is local and there may b ...
  Topic: 20 day old colony in HTBH - Inspection technique advice
catchercradle

Replies: 3
Views: 820

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 3:22 pm   Subject: 20 day old colony in HTBH - Inspection technique advice
which is much better than a vertical hive where taking the crown board off exposes the whole colony for the whole period of the inspection.

Still not as good on this front as HTBH but with my nati ...
  Topic: swarm wanted in Norfolk can travel
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 385

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 2:56 pm   Subject: swarm wanted in Norfolk can travel
Hi Wendy,
I am in Cambridge. If I get another swarm will let you know as having filled the home built observation hive where bees will build completely natural comb on the community orchard here, a ...
  Topic: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
catchercradle

Replies: 7
Views: 13469

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Thu May 02, 2019 5:09 am   Subject: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm of bees in July isn't worth a fly.

First two swarms of the year have been in April which I ...
  Topic: Plastic hive floors - better for hygene ?
catchercradle

Replies: 3
Views: 853

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:19 pm   Subject: Plastic hive floors - better for hygene ?
Perhaps I am being extreme. I know some people would say so but for me I am not looking to keep my bees in a sterile environment but rather one where with luck some mite that prays on the varroa might ...
  Topic: Center or End entrance?
catchercradle

Replies: 7
Views: 1691

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:15 pm   Subject: Center or End entrance?
It is not that the Warré hive is bad, it is probably because the bees I'm using (a local variety of carnica) and the climate (short season) are not the perfect fit for this hive.

To me, this is on ...
  Topic: Center or End entrance?
catchercradle

Replies: 7
Views: 1691

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:25 am   Subject: Center or End entrance?
I don't do splits myself and rely on swarms if I want to increase hive numbers but another practical reason for end entrances is you can with a follower board (or two depending on how well they fit) h ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter ...
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 2135

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:07 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter ...
I haven't fed for several years now but I know from experience that I can expect a strong flow from the ivy any day now. The most important thing for me this time of year is to close down the entrance ...
  Topic: Timing for Splitting a Hive?
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 3382

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:25 am   Subject: Timing for Splitting a Hive?
Short answer,
Yes. Also worth checking when others in your area do it. (Though most beekeepers miss the boat sometimes with regards to this.

I haven't done a split for several years, preferring th ...
  Topic: Bee Guardian?Workabel or con
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 6198

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:38 pm   Subject: Bee Guardian?Workabel or con
Many years ago as a student I along with friends would have long involved discussions about various topics in the many pubs in St. Andrews which has one of the highest densities of pubs of anywhere in ...
  Topic: Is it too late to introduce a nuc into my new top bar hive
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 3015

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: 2761

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: 10
Views: 5285

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: 10
Views: 5285

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: 3426

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: 2
Views: 2495

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: 2027

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: 4256

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: 1924

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: 3965

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: 3314

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: 9
Views: 15628

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: 9
Views: 15628

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: 7149

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: 3346

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: 3966

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 ...
 
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