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  Topic: To combine or not too ? ... that is the question
ianrichards

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:20 am   Subject: To combine or not too ? ... that is the question
Brilliant, thanks Barbara.
All seems quite straight forward and very logical.
Meanwhile I be checking my own TBH tomorrow to see what they are up too and if need be, do a split.
Many thanks
Ian
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  Topic: To combine or not too ? ... that is the question
ianrichards

Replies: 2
Views: 1685

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:20 pm   Subject: To combine or not too ? ... that is the question
A novice (just like me) beekeeping friend asked me to help her inspect her 2 TBHs and I think she has a problem that will possibly mean merging her colonies.
Here is the scenario:
8 weeks ago her ...
  Topic: My first colony - CORNWALL
ianrichards

Replies: 3
Views: 2720

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:06 pm   Subject: My first colony - CORNWALL
With any luck I should have uploaded two photos of the colony in my TBH.
Does anyone have any idea as to what type of bee they may be?

http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh634/ianrichards121/Bees ...
  Topic: Natural Beekeeping Group - Wye Valley
ianrichards

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:52 am   Subject: Natural Beekeeping Group - Wye Valley
I attended the same course ... really excellent ... would highly recommend to anyone interested in getting started or just topping up your knowledge as well as meeting kindred spirits.

AND

Hi In ...
  Topic: Shellac recipe ?
ianrichards

Replies: 6
Views: 5770

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:42 pm   Subject: Shellac recipe ?
Excellent.
Thanks
Ian
  Topic: Shellac recipe ?
ianrichards

Replies: 6
Views: 5770

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:09 pm   Subject: Shellac recipe ?
As long as they are pure shellac, I shouldn't think it will matter what colour they are. The finer the flakes the better, though, since it will dissolve in the meths quicker. I used it with purple met ...
  Topic: Shellac recipe ?
ianrichards

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:13 am   Subject: Shellac recipe ?
Isopropyl alcohol is about the purest solvent for shellac, but the smell of meths disappears very quickly, and a couple of days airing should take care of it. If you can mix a little propolis in with ...
  Topic: Shellac recipe ?
ianrichards

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:00 am   Subject: Shellac recipe ?
Having built my TBH I need to coat the inside with shellac, but I am concerned about the additives in the denatured alcohol available. Can I just use methylated spirits or is there a more bee friendly ...
 
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