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  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
freebee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:33 pm   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
Thank you for all this support.

The last swarm from the original hive was July 3rd. And I am afraid there are laying workers. My bee teacher visited me last Friday (21). He is a very traditional be ...
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
freebee

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Views: 1097

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:02 am   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
This is my first full year, I had 1 colony.
I decided to let the bees do their thing and learn from it.
Most exciting was swarming, I managed to catch the prime swarm, (I was very proud of that), bu ...
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
freebee

Replies: 10
Views: 1097

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:49 am   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
thank you for your comment, it makes me think twice!
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
freebee

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:34 pm   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
I read an article about varroa-mite treatment with lemon juice and sugar sirop.
Does anyone of you know anything about this? Tests show a nearly 83% mite fall when colonies were treated five times, o ...
  Topic: comb replacement
freebee

Replies: 5
Views: 1167

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:45 am   Subject: comb replacement
O, sorry, but with " I will leave them alone this year", I meant that I will not replace the combs, not that I will do nothing at all.
I have a perfect opportunity at my location to let the ...
  Topic: comb replacement
freebee

Replies: 5
Views: 1167

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:42 am   Subject: comb replacement
Thank you very much for your reply, it has been very illuminating. I just started beekeeping last year in a top bar hive. so I was very happy to see them well and alive last week, collecting pollen. ...
  Topic: comb replacement
freebee

Replies: 5
Views: 1167

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:02 am   Subject: comb replacement
Yesterdag it was 12 C and bees were flying around, collecting pollen. Almost time for a new bee year! That brings me to the question: do I have to remove a number of old bars with comb and replace tha ...
  Topic: eco floor
freebee

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:22 pm   Subject: eco floor
thanks for the reply.
It was +10 C today and I saw the bees coming out.
But I also noticed many on the ecofloor, can I leave them there until spring? Or can I open the bottom and remove them when it ...
  Topic: eco floor
freebee

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:51 pm   Subject: eco floor
last year I built a top bar hive with ecofloor
do I have to clean this floor and put new ground, leaves ect. in it, or can I leave it? If I have to change it when is a good time?
  Topic: new bars for the broodnest
freebee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:00 am   Subject: new bars for the broodnest
3 Weeks ago my first bees arrived in my tbh, very axciting!
I have a window in the tbh, so I can see what they are doing and it seems ok to me, they are building and pollen is coming in too.
They ha ...
  Topic: feed the bees sugar, or not?
freebee

Replies: 2
Views: 1752

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:09 pm   Subject: feed the bees sugar, or not?
thanks for your reply, I agree
  Topic: feed the bees sugar, or not?
freebee

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 6:17 pm   Subject: feed the bees sugar, or not?
Here's an interesting thought.
I'm doing a course beekeeping, and last week we had a discussion about feeding bees sugar.
In the Netherlands they tested (in labconditions) how long bees will live w ...
  Topic: varnishing the outside of tbh
freebee

Replies: 12
Views: 5982

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:54 pm   Subject: varnishing the outside of tbh
can you tell me how long a tbh will last without treatment on the outside?
  Topic: varnishing the outside of tbh
freebee

Replies: 12
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:38 am   Subject: varnishing the outside of tbh
I follow Phil Chandlers recommendation to use a mixture of ethyl alcohol, shellac flakes and propolis (1 litre, 250grams and about 50grams)
  Topic: varnishing the outside of tbh
freebee

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:31 am   Subject: varnishing the outside of tbh
thanks for this tip!
  Topic: varnishing the outside of tbh
freebee

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:12 am   Subject: varnishing the outside of tbh
thank you for your answer, I thought the hive would go up in flames.
I think it's better to use linseed oil.
  Topic: varnishing the outside of tbh
freebee

Replies: 12
Views: 5982

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:15 pm   Subject: varnishing the outside of tbh
I have varnished the inside of my new hive and there is some left, can I also treat the outside with this mixture? (shellac + propolis + ethyl alcohol)

I am a little bit anxious to use linseed oil, ...
  Topic: building an ecofloor and bars
freebee

Replies: 5
Views: 6832

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:58 am   Subject: building an ecofloor and bars
O, wow, I hate those moths (not fair I know, they are part of nature too). A couple of years ago, I started out with a bee-hotel, last year I bought a bumble bee box, which was occupied until the wax ...
  Topic: building an ecofloor and bars
freebee

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:23 am   Subject: building an ecofloor and bars
thanks for your input, I will follow your recommendations and when I'm finished I will upload some pictures.
  Topic: building an ecofloor and bars
freebee

Replies: 5
Views: 6832

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:59 am   Subject: building an ecofloor and bars
I dont know what happened, I posted some questions yesterday, but I dont see it back here, Since I'm new here, it's probably my mistake. So again:
Im trying to build my own tbh and I want an ecofl ...
 
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