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  Topic: Anyone want to do a trap out. Nr Malvern Worcestershire.
flybry

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:24 am   Subject: Anyone want to do a trap out. Nr Malvern Worcestershire.
The bees are going in behind a fascia board about 8ft of the ground.

Bryan
  Topic: Screened bottom
flybry

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 6:02 pm   Subject: Screened bottom
To understand what happens inside a hive with regards humidity and condensation I found this book helpful.

https://archive.org/details/cu31924003100306

Bryan.
  Topic: Keep bees from building above the bars?
flybry

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:42 am   Subject: Keep bees from building above the bars?
It may be too late too push the bars together now as bees may well have built come with a bee gap between them. If so stick strips of wood between the bars to close the gaps.

Bryan
  Topic: Making a split
flybry

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 4:25 pm   Subject: Making a split
There are 2 ways.

Hold a box above them. Slowly bring it down and try and encourage them to walk up.

Hold a box below them and brush them off. Don't be timid with the the brush you need to get m ...
  Topic: Making a split
flybry

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 11:51 am   Subject: Making a split
It's to stop the k.......en spamers.

Collect the swarm in a cardboard box and rap up with a sheet. Leave in a cool place and put them into the hive in the evening.
  Topic: Euro ban on neonicotinoids and effects on bees
flybry

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:01 pm   Subject: Euro ban on neonicotinoids and effects on bees
I think the winter rape will have been sprayed with it so it will be around for a while yet.

Bryan.
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
flybry

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:44 am   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Well I've had my bees in the KTBH made with a laminate interior for 6 weeks and at times you can see water dipping out the bottom especially after feeding syrup. The floor just has a mesh and a solid ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
flybry

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:58 am   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
You need to be careful here. There are quite a few of these sensors and several variants around and they are not all the same. I have a couple on test at the moment although they are not yet in the hi ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
flybry

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:56 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
I'm about to make another KTBH and was thinking of adding some features to control humidity level like altering the floor and making the slopping sides out of high pressure laminate. Then it dawned on ...
 
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