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  Topic: New natural beekeeper in WV
ingo50

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:44 pm   Subject: New natural beekeeper in WV
Welcome to the forum . You could use thicker wood for your hive as climate cold, or build a People's hive ( Warre ).
  Topic: TBH Making day
ingo50

Replies: 6
Views: 1929

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:59 pm   Subject: TBH Making day
Thanks Andy, don't think the site a problem, as her other TBH did not leak at all. We are in Wales and it can be very wet and windy a lot of the year. I would keep an eye on your roof anyway.
BW Ingo ...
  Topic: TBH Making day
ingo50

Replies: 6
Views: 1929

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:57 pm   Subject: TBH Making day
Glad you enjoyed making a TBH Andy. Could you tell me about the roof design, a good friend bought a hive from your tutor I believe, and it leaked during a wet and windy winter. It was made from overla ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
ingo50

Replies: 25
Views: 33197

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:59 pm   Subject: The Russian Scion
I tried one last year and this year. Immediate interest off bees as soon as completed. My apiary is however surrounded by numerous trees and the swarms prefer them. I may try putting a chemical lure o ...
  Topic: Follower Boards ...holes
ingo50

Replies: 1
Views: 1629

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:53 pm   Subject: Follower Boards ...holes
The main use would be to give the bees access to an area behind the follower board where you would feed the colony. If you make the hole the size of a wine cork, you can plug it and do so from the si ...
  Topic: Bee Guardian?Workabel or con
ingo50

Replies: 3
Views: 2242

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:50 pm   Subject: Bee Guardian?Workabel or con
I would be very sceptical about this device, if it affects Varroa, why not bees as well? I would want to see some proper research backing the claims made. It also seems to be too cheap and too good to ...
  Topic: To requeen or not to requeen?
ingo50

Replies: 8
Views: 3192

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:13 am   Subject: To requeen or not to requeen?
Hi JD88.
I don't know your climate well, but assume you are concerned about cold and possibly wet winters. Your colony will need a hive that is able to retain heat, have enough stores to get through ...
  Topic: Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells
ingo50

Replies: 2
Views: 2075

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:50 pm   Subject: Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells
Very nice quality fotos Bruce. Your bees are very yellow, Carniolans? You mention emergency cells, is there no queen and no eggs?
  Topic: Following the Wild Bees
ingo50

Replies: 2
Views: 3707

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:43 am   Subject: Following the Wild Bees
I have not yet purchased the book, on my Xmas list. Good reviews on other fora and websites. I just wonder however if it will encourage bee seekers to mess with feral colonies which IMHO should be adm ...
  Topic: A Bit of a Do
ingo50

Replies: 3
Views: 2182

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:43 pm   Subject: A Bit of a Do
Well done Bridget for flying the TBH flag, you could always build a smaller version that would only hold 1 colony, or make a scaled down model.
  Topic: TBH materials, Merbau?
ingo50

Replies: 16
Views: 4892

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 9:53 pm   Subject: TBH materials, Merbau?
Glad you are recycling the wood, are you following Phil Chandler's design? Cut your two follower boards first and as exact as possible, use them as templates for the hive body, I built mine with a han ...
  Topic: Warre .. bottom box.
ingo50

Replies: 4
Views: 2367

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 9:01 pm   Subject: Warre .. bottom box.
They have invested a lot of work building comb in the bottom box, making them start all over will be a setback, they should move down when they are ready. I assume that you have not lost bees via a sw ...
  Topic: TBH materials, Merbau?
ingo50

Replies: 16
Views: 4892

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 8:58 pm   Subject: TBH materials, Merbau?
I do not know much about Merbau, but it is from Indonesia or that region. You would have to know the thermal insulation factor and compare it to cedar which is light and has reasonable insulation . Th ...
  Topic: In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
ingo50

Replies: 8
Views: 3493

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 8:01 pm   Subject: In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
If you are building your own hive(s), I would suggest you use the appropriate thickness wood for the hive walls that will give you good heat retention in the winter and a sloping roof with insulation ...
  Topic: Swarm cells or supersedure cells?
ingo50

Replies: 2
Views: 1893

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 7:34 pm   Subject: Swarm cells or supersedure cells?
I agree with Smorning, bees usually know best. Wait and see, they will be ok. Very Happy
  Topic: Natural Beekeeping Group - Wye Valley
ingo50

Replies: 37
Views: 44884

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 12:06 am   Subject: Natural Beekeeping Group - Wye Valley
The survey has gone out in early May and responses awaited. I am aware the other natural beekeeping groups are also undertaking surveys, eg Oxford group. It would be interesting to compare results. If ...
  Topic: small cell
ingo50

Replies: 8
Views: 3886

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 05, 2016 11:43 pm   Subject: small cell
Dee Lusby and her late husband did most of the pioneering work on small cell after the tracheal mite infestation then followed by Varroa. Her thoughts over time an be found on Beesource.com, under the ...
  Topic: Bait hives.
ingo50

Replies: 9
Views: 4017

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:04 pm   Subject: Bait hives.
Catchercradle could you please post to fotos of your observation hive, would be nice to see the design.
  Topic: free bee seeds and anti chemical petition to the govermoont
ingo50

Replies: 7
Views: 4544

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:15 pm   Subject: free bee seeds and anti chemical petition to the govermoont
Some of us do grow our own untreated vegetables and support organic traders, and yes we are eating foods produced by farmers using pesticides, but we have some choice where to spend our money on groce ...
  Topic: free bee seeds and anti chemical petition to the govermoont
ingo50

Replies: 7
Views: 4544

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:09 pm   Subject: free bee seeds and anti chemical petition to the govermoont
Thanks for posting, I have signed, could all UK forum members please also do so and pass on to your friends and fellow beeks please.
  Topic: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
ingo50

Replies: 11
Views: 4899

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:59 pm   Subject: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
Hi TrunB9410.
Are your Warre's overcrowded? This is one of the causes of early swarming. Do they need another box nadiring? Can't suggest much else as I am not familiar with your local conditions.
...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
ingo50

Replies: 228
Views: 396278

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:46 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Thanks for posting Madasafish. I know Paul the author of the article. He has Warre hives. I think better insulation and less heat loss is definitely the way forward.
  Topic: Natural Beekeeping Course w/Phil Chandler, W.Scotland, May
ingo50

Replies: 7
Views: 3753

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:22 am   Subject: Natural Beekeeping Course w/Phil Chandler, W.Scotland, May
Best of luck, I have attended Phil's courses before and can highly recommend them, he has a wealth of experience and advice to give; and the setting of Gleguig Hall looks stunning.
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
ingo50

Replies: 228
Views: 396278

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:16 am   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Thanks for posting the link to this interesting research article. It just reiterates how little we know of normal bee behaviour in the wild, and the fact that bees survive despite what beekeepers do t ...
  Topic: Shortish Books and Articles on Neonics, bees and Farming
ingo50

Replies: 2
Views: 2285

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:18 pm   Subject: Shortish Books and Articles on Neonics, bees and Farming
Hi Adam.
He could look up Henke Tennekes, a Dutch scientist who has written a book ( A Disaster in the Making ) and papers on the ecological danger of pesticides including neonics. He previously work ...
  Topic: Pollen sources
ingo50

Replies: 3
Views: 2685

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:04 pm   Subject: Pollen sources
It has been pretty cold here with minus 2-3 C at night, up to 6-8 plus during some days, so have seen yellow pollen from Crocus, also some light pink pollen which I think is from some early flowering ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
ingo50

Replies: 49
Views: 20076

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:10 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Lance, please post some photos of your construction stages when under way.
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
ingo50

Replies: 49
Views: 20076

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:03 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Interesting idea regarding transparent TBH, but would have to cover it to provide the darkness of a normal hive. Perhaps a mini nuc would be easier to build? Let us know how you get on Lance.
  Topic: A Typical 24-hour span in my back yard
ingo50

Replies: 5
Views: 3368

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:44 am   Subject: A Typical 24-hour span in my back yard
Hi Patrick. Fun and games trying to put the queen into the clip with one hand! When is the main swarming season in Florida. Nice quality video.
  Topic: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
ingo50

Replies: 21
Views: 13610

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:35 am   Subject: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
Thanks for very informative reply Alex. This adds further evidence to the elephant in the room. Henk Tennekes ( Dutch toxicologist and ex- cancer researcher )has published extensively on pesticides an ...
 
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