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  Topic: My first Warré for next season
druidsgarden

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:45 am   Subject: My first Warré for next season
Looks very nice Very Happy
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
druidsgarden

Replies: 9
Views: 3436

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:01 pm   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?

I don't know what is going on but I'm going to stick a super on them this weekend and just double check them.

Just a question about this : why are you sticking on a super ? Have they completely f ...
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
druidsgarden

Replies: 9
Views: 3436

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:48 pm   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?
In 10 years of beekeeping I've never had a colony do a supersedure before!

Although I'm in Nationals, I don't do drone culling or anything like that so yes I've loads of drones around, big fat dar ...
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
druidsgarden

Replies: 9
Views: 3436

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:31 pm   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?
Quick update on this, checked through my bees last night and I'm delighted to say I've now got a laying Queen in the Queenless colony, nice laying pattern and plenty of eggs! They've also got so much ...
  Topic: Are there any trailers like this in Europe?
druidsgarden

Replies: 1
Views: 1446

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:36 pm   Subject: Are there any trailers like this in Europe?
We do have prefab buildings in the UK and they are often used as site offices or temporary buildings but it's not massively common plus of course we don't have the same set of weather
  Topic: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
druidsgarden

Replies: 14
Views: 4614

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:04 am   Subject: Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
I really think you are over thinking this, just do it. Bees are active at night as well, if you think about it they live in a hive that is in the dark constantly. It's just they don't fly as much duri ...
  Topic: Praise to the POWER TOOL
druidsgarden

Replies: 7
Views: 3455

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:30 am   Subject: Praise to the POWER TOOL
Oh how I love my nailgun! I'm still on nationals and when making up frames it saves so much time that just using frame nails and a hammer!
  Topic: Adding a second brood box
druidsgarden

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:26 am   Subject: Adding a second brood box
Are they on Langstroths? If so I'd be adding another deep late August or as soon as the temperature hits consistently above 15 C / 59 F as bee's will definitely be flying at that point looking for for ...
  Topic: They must be swarming soon ?
druidsgarden

Replies: 2
Views: 1651

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:31 am   Subject: They must be swarming soon ?
You don't unfortunately all you can hope is that they choose somewhere nearby to alight or a bait hive you've got set up with lemongrass oil.

If you see a thick black cloud in the sky of bee's the ...
  Topic: Are they doing this on purpose ?
druidsgarden

Replies: 21
Views: 5921

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:14 pm   Subject: Are they doing this on purpose ?
For water put a deepish dish filled with pebbles on the floor near the hive and fill with water, if they can get to it easily they will use it. I've seen them congregating near puddles before today or ...
  Topic: Are they doing this on purpose ?
druidsgarden

Replies: 21
Views: 5921

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:11 pm   Subject: Are they doing this on purpose ?
I would be tempted to do the removal as a cutout if you can.

Make sure you orientate the comb the same direction it was made in, it's angled upwards

Otherwise, if you can remove the bottom of ...
  Topic: Are they doing this on purpose ?
druidsgarden

Replies: 21
Views: 5921

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:23 am   Subject: Are they doing this on purpose ?
I really think the whole move them 3 miles then back malachy is so much a**e gravy. On reflection, that seems harsh Smile

What I mean is, I think when you move them a short distance you are very aware ...
  Topic: Are they doing this on purpose ?
druidsgarden

Replies: 21
Views: 5921

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:31 am   Subject: Are they doing this on purpose ?
Would it not be better for the bees and yourself to just move them from the bird box into the hTBH? They look to me as though they are desperately short of space and rather than weaken them at this ti ...
  Topic: Removal from downed tree in Winter Haven, Florida
druidsgarden

Replies: 3
Views: 1901

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:43 am   Subject: Removal from downed tree in Winter Haven, Florida
You are welcome, we just don't do timber frame builds like you have, over here in the UK, nor do we have the same number of mobile homes, so the cut outs we do get are often a lot more complicated.
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  Topic: Removal from downed tree in Winter Haven, Florida
druidsgarden

Replies: 3
Views: 1901

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:58 pm   Subject: Removal from downed tree in Winter Haven, Florida
Watching bee cut outs and swarm captures on YouTube has become a bit of an addiction lately.

It absolutely fascinates me Smile
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
druidsgarden

Replies: 9
Views: 3436

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:19 am   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?
Just finished in my bees this morning, had given them a few more days for the Queen in the main hive to start laying if she was there.

However there is no sign of a Queen and they weren't as happy ...
  Topic: Moving a Top Bar Hive
druidsgarden

Replies: 2
Views: 1748

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:50 am   Subject: Moving a Top Bar Hive
Move it (if you can) no more than 3ft at a time over a period of days and they'll work it out for themselves.

Alternatively if you have to do it in one go, the method you've be given should work. ...
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
druidsgarden

Replies: 9
Views: 3436

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:44 pm   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?
That's really interesting Barbara because they are still the quiet busy happy bee's that they were when I first got them. Infact they just ignored me and stayed on the comb.

I have managed to go do ...
  Topic: Queenless colony - what to do next?
druidsgarden

Replies: 9
Views: 3436

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:25 pm   Subject: Queenless colony - what to do next?
So I finally managed to get into my bee's this evening to check on them. I've been ill with flu and/or it's been raining heavily when I've been able to go work them.

I'm still on Nationals btw and ...
  Topic: varroa mite treatment for new bee's.
druidsgarden

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Views: 5012

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:40 am   Subject: varroa mite treatment for new bee's.
Following this with interest, I know what to do in a National but I'm keen to see how to handle it in a hTBH
  Topic: queen on hold
druidsgarden

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:32 pm   Subject: queen on hold
Well I'm not experienced in TBH's but I've almost 10 years of beekeeping experience and splitting the colony is what I'd do in a traditional hive.

It's fairly easy to split a colony and spot a Que ...
  Topic: My first colony - CORNWALL
druidsgarden

Replies: 3
Views: 2573

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:01 pm   Subject: My first colony - CORNWALL
They are quite dark but there is some orange in there. To me it looks like a black bee queen with that has mated with atleast one carnolian drone so you are getting a mix.
  Topic: Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
druidsgarden

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:37 pm   Subject: Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
The bee's I currently have are quite dark as they are part of a local black bee project and I have to say the calmest gentlest bee's I've even had apart from my original foundation stocks 10 years ago ...
  Topic: queen on hold
druidsgarden

Replies: 4
Views: 2206

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:30 pm   Subject: queen on hold
Can you split the colony and put the new queen in the queenless side? That will give you a few weeks to sort out a second TBH. It's still only the middle of June, plenty of time to get them upto full ...
 
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