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  Topic: Varroa treatment.

Replies: 8
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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

Replies: 4
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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.

Replies: 2
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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.

Replies: 6
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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.

Replies: 6
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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?

Replies: 5
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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?

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 am   Subject: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...
  Topic: Black Comb

Replies: 3
Views: 512

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:28 am   Subject: Black Comb
The one caveat about keeping black comb would be in areas such as mine where in the monocrop deserts of East Anglia there is a lot of pesticide use and pesticides do build up in the wax.

I still c ...
  Topic: Moving a TBH

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:03 am   Subject: Moving a TBH
How high is the fence? If the hive is right next to it, the bees will fly away from the fence a bit on their way up so many will likely be above the height of the action. This makes some observation ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?

Replies: 7
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:25 am   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Is there anyone close by with more experience who can take a look?

My instinct is that if the vast majority of bees are hatching normally, there is nothing to worry about. If it is a significant p ...
  Topic: Tiny Bee... Stingless?

Replies: 4
Views: 578

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:05 am   Subject: Tiny Bee... Stingless?
We have over 200 species of solitary bee in the UK. With a few exceptions the only ways of identifying them for certain are dna testing (don't know if database is complete on this) or using a key an ...
  Topic: Give them room

Replies: 1
Views: 524

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:07 am   Subject: Give them room
Yep, though I am putting off opening my hives as fancy dress in temps of 30C+ isn't the most pleasant. - Might end up going in at 5 tomorrow morning.
  Topic: Bumble

Replies: 5
Views: 774

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:23 pm   Subject: Bumble
I know some worry about this but I have seen no evidence of it being a problem. Loss of habitat on the other hand is a major problem for all sorts of bees. The long tongued bumblebees get a lot of the ...
  Topic: Swarm Prevention Management Question

Replies: 5
Views: 1061

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:01 am   Subject: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Some colonies will swarm every year unless you do a split or something to make them think they have swarmed. (I don't do any swarm control these days)

I would be tempted to just give them space out ...
  Topic: TB hived swarms available

Replies: 2
Views: 531

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:07 am   Subject: TB hived swarms available
Hi John,

great to have someone else on board with the experience to help new people.

Strangely, this year, I have only been called out to one swarm if you don't count the two a weekend I was awa ...
  Topic: bees and weather help please asap

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:11 pm   Subject: bees and weather help please asap
I would agree that wind is not ideal for harvesting honey. I had planned to take some myself today but on feeling the wind decided to do some other work on the allotment instead.
  Topic: New swarm advice needed

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:08 pm   Subject: New swarm advice needed
I would wait at least another week. I would be surprised if they are not building comb in there and suspect you might be able to detect that from the observation window in another week to ten days tim ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive

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Views: 1859

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 7:11 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Why can't they all be like that, you jammy so and so!

Really jammy is when you don't need the step ladder to get them. About three years ago I got one like that and it was quite cold when I picked ...
  Topic: Er... have I had a supersedure?

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:20 pm   Subject: Er... have I had a supersedure?
As noted in another thread, bees are often a bit stroppy at the end of the oil seed rape flow, Lots of people here in Cambridge notice this, though I haven't with my own bees. Don't know your area of ...
  Topic: langstroth Bee hive question.

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 12:47 pm   Subject: langstroth Bee hive question.
Personally I prefer DN frames with one dummy board but there are some advantages to the plain ended top bar and castellated metal spacing rails in the boxes.

I am converting my nationals to brood a ...
  Topic: Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk

Replies: 3
Views: 1009

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 3:41 pm   Subject: Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk
A lot of the bee keepers around me here in Cambridge,reckon the bees are often a bit feisty when the junk food (oil seed rape) comes to an end. It was a bout two weeks early starting here but I haven ...
  Topic: Overcrowding

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:40 pm   Subject: Overcrowding
A couple of days ago lots of bearding on my Warre. Less yesterday when it was a bit cooler and none at all today when only a few brave bees ventured out at all! I would echo that if temps are warm bea ...
  Topic: Mite icing sugar treatment

Replies: 7
Views: 969

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:04 pm   Subject: Mite icing sugar treatment
Hi Uwe,

I haven't treated any of my hives be they normal framed hives or top bar hives for about six or seven years. It is all about how you keep bees rather than the type of hive that can make a d ...
  Topic: Probably a mite problem

Replies: 3
Views: 708

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 9:00 am   Subject: Probably a mite problem
Hi Uwe,

I would certainly echo that a top bar hive of whatever flavour is no magic answer to the varroa mite or any of the other problems associated with keeping bees. I have not fed my bees for se ...
  Topic: Why did my bees die?

Replies: 3
Views: 3965

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:55 am   Subject: Why did my bees die?
Good to see that my way of working, letting the bees swarm every year rather than carrying out swarm control and getting massive colonies has some merit Wink

Replies: 13
Views: 2710

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:16 pm   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Keep it. It is the best on-line resource I know for keeping bees in a less intensive way than most.

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