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  Topic: Two questions re an artificial swarm in tbh with periscope
csturgess

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 9:54 pm   Subject: Two questions re an artificial swarm in tbh with periscope
Thanks Dexter's shed!
That make a lot of sense. Of course they wouldn't have brood with them so they wouldn't have that extra stress.
Since I haven't had any other responses (v disappointed about ...
  Topic: Two questions re an artificial swarm in tbh with periscope
csturgess

Replies: 3
Views: 5213

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 7:26 pm   Subject: Two questions re an artificial swarm in tbh with periscope
Please help!
We have a very strong colony in a hTBH that had laid down some queen cells (one capped and a number of others with eggs but still uncapped. So we moved the queen with about 5-6 bars c ...
  Topic: Bees and horses
csturgess

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:47 pm   Subject: Bees and horses
Have only just seen this post. I have my pony and my hive in the same field and just use fencing stakes and tape around the hive to keep him about a meter away from the hive. In the winter I removed ...
  Topic: Mould in hive and runny honey
csturgess

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:15 pm   Subject: Mould in hive and runny honey
May I add a question? I too had a mould like substance (though it wasn't fuzzy) in my hive when we looked in this spring but it wasn't on the comb, it was on the side walls.

My bees have propoli ...
  Topic: Would this jacket be OK for a beginner?
csturgess

Replies: 19
Views: 27565

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:04 pm   Subject: Would this jacket be OK for a beginner?
We were given a smoker for Christmas two years ago and have never used it. Then again, our bees are very good natured. We have only ever used water and patience.

Regarding the duster, we use a ba ...
  Topic: Eco floor and follower boards
csturgess

Replies: 8
Views: 11997

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:01 pm   Subject: Eco floor and follower boards
Considering the material in the floor can you use a mix of wood chippings and leaf mould/twigs such as what is naturally decaying under a tree and not raked up in the autumn?
  Topic: Proplised mesh floor
csturgess

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:33 pm   Subject: Proplised mesh floor
We received a swarm last May which did really well all through last summer and seems to be coming through the winter in fine shape. We built our tbh to Phil's original design (mesh floor with hinged ...
  Topic: Mould in TBH - what to do?
csturgess

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:11 pm   Subject: mould in tbh
Hi. This was our first winter with bees of any sort. When we opened our hive a week or so again (it was nice and warm) we noticed that the sides of the inside of the hive were blackened - but only w ...
  Topic: Top bar beekeepers in Bristol?
csturgess

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:28 pm   Subject: Top bar beekeepers in Bristol
I may be too far away (near Burnham on Sea) but like you am just starting our second year with our one hive. They seem to have made it through the winter very well but have some questions that probab ...
  Topic: Mesh floor material
csturgess

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:01 pm   Subject: proylised mesh
Can anyone help me figure out a way to remove the propolyis that the bees have laid down on my mesh flooring? I noticed it first directly under the brood area when the nights started getting a little ...
  Topic: Chandler style TBH with 3 Periscopes and Deep Floor
csturgess

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:05 pm   Subject: Is the periscope entrance a success or not?
We are about to alter one of our TBHs that has not been occupied in order to incorporate the eco floor and are wondering about adding the periscope entrance while we are at it. Has anyone used it so ...
 
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