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  Topic: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
madasafish

Replies: 5
Views: 296

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:10 pm   Subject: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Thymol and oxalic acid treatments are conventional and totally organic. And they work.

In my book thymol and oxalic acid chemically produced from oil do not count as organic. .

Thymol is not pr ...
  Topic: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
madasafish

Replies: 5
Views: 296

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:26 am   Subject: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Thymol and oxalic acid treatments are conventional and totally organic. And they work.

Which is what cannot be said for most alternatives.
  Topic: Buckfast bees in a mixed Apiary
madasafish

Replies: 3
Views: 418

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:50 am   Subject: Buckfast bees in a mixed Apiary
I have 8 Langstroth jumbos and one TBH.

About three years ago I decided to try buckfasts and bought two queens - my original bees were carniolans and mongrels... a swarmy mix. My experience of th ...
  Topic: Questions about AFB
madasafish

Replies: 4
Views: 918

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:10 pm   Subject: Questions about AFB
Unfortunately, inspecting hives can leave them vulnerable to contracting the virus .

How? And how many cases?

I ask out of interest having had AFB two years ago..
  Topic: Honey in frames; bees dead!
madasafish

Replies: 5
Views: 1533

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:00 pm   Subject: Re: Honey in frames; bees dead!

2 questions, please folks.
1. I wonder why they've all died off?
Did you treat for varroa?
Varroa is the most common cause of hive death.(After starvation)

Are there any signs of AFB? - whic ...
  Topic: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
madasafish

Replies: 7
Views: 1858

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:25 pm   Subject: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
"I checked in on them 1-2 times a week to see if I could see any changes. A few days after the swarm all of the queen cells were gone, which I considered a good sign. I was told that it could tak ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
madasafish

Replies: 49
Views: 19119

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:34 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
So what can I attach to the F/board that fondant can be spread on to? I’ve seen photos but not been able to search/find any suitable plastic or polypropylene products. Any suggestions, should I avoid ...
  Topic: Colony collapse disorder
madasafish

Replies: 10
Views: 3510

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:53 pm   Subject: Colony collapse disorder
AFB!... bad luck-did the NBU identify the source or was it one of those probably random foraging through the unwashed imported honey jar in the re-cycling box down the road jobs?
A

They did a DNA ...
  Topic: Colony collapse disorder
madasafish

Replies: 10
Views: 3510

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:59 am   Subject: Colony collapse disorder
And of course, if you have laying workers, the number of drones goes up and so does the varroa level because the eggs are mite eggs are laid preferentially in drones.

I am convinced that all my col ...
  Topic: Colony collapse disorder
madasafish

Replies: 10
Views: 3510

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:59 pm   Subject: Colony collapse disorder
It takes around 15 months for untreated varroa levels to build up to overwhelm a colony...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
madasafish

Replies: 46
Views: 12082

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:04 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
You are supposed to catch any Hornet you identify as Asian.. (if safe),,, and keep it safe dead or alive and inform a BI..

Test of traps.
https://www.apimondia.com/congresses/2009/Bee-Health/Sy ...
  Topic: Modular Horizontal hive
madasafish

Replies: 9
Views: 3055

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:09 am   Subject: Modular Horizontal hive
expensive and my other comment is "why bother"?
  Topic: Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
madasafish

Replies: 14
Views: 5310

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:35 pm   Subject: Re: ...what you eat...
...and don't eat cheese and onion buttys before working with the little darlings.

Or drink alcohol , this day and the day before, eat bananas or have a curry..
  Topic: Pondering about top bar width
madasafish

Replies: 2
Views: 1955

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:09 am   Subject: Pondering about top bar width
I used to use 38mm everywhere - with no problems.

Due to the purchase of stupidly cheap wood and the destruction of all my TBH colonies through AFB I now use 35mm .Throughout. With no apparent pro ...
  Topic: Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
madasafish

Replies: 14
Views: 5310

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:44 pm   Subject: Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
My criteria for calm bees is that I can garden/cut the grass WITHOUT any special attention to safety from bees.

I had a hive this year which was horrible: following etc. Now re-queend.

Bees at h ...
  Topic: free bee seeds and anti chemical petition to the govermoont
madasafish

Replies: 7
Views: 4255

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 5:45 am   Subject: free bee seeds and anti chemical petition to the govermoont
Another anti pesticide petition.
As all pesticides kill bees, I hope you are all eating cabbages with caterpillar droppings and holes, semi eaten sprouts and lettuce with slugs in it.

If not, you ...
  Topic: Help/advice needed asap
madasafish

Replies: 4
Views: 2206

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 2:40 pm   Subject: Help/advice needed asap
I did a chop and crop with my first bees.

Sit down and write down every operation you need to do and list what tools you will need. This will give you a great list so you don't panic.

For exampl ...
  Topic: Oxalic acid evaporators
madasafish

Replies: 5
Views: 3384

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:28 pm   Subject: Oxalic acid evaporators
I bought a Champion CH154 for a TOYOTA 2.4D HIACE. £2.75 delivered ebay..

Old style 12V diesel so lower temps..

see http://tinyurl.com/grh89lr for similar.


Luck? Well I trained in phys ...
  Topic: Oxalic acid evaporators
madasafish

Replies: 5
Views: 3384

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:36 pm   Subject: Oxalic acid evaporators
I run a glowplug evaporator and have killed no bees. Despite trying on seven hives.

As the evaporator heats up from the glowplug, the oxalic sublimes , and vaporises. None remains of the suggested ...
  Topic: free bee seeds and anti chemical petition to the govermoont
madasafish

Replies: 7
Views: 4255

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:00 pm   Subject: free bee seeds and anti chemical petition to the govermoont
Another anti pesticide petition.
As all pesticides kill bees, I hope you are all eating cabbages with caterpillar droppings and holes, semi eaten sprouts and lettuce with slugs in it.

If not, you ...
  Topic: Bees and horses
madasafish

Replies: 4
Views: 2408

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:59 pm   Subject: Bees and horses
There have been occasional cases of horse stung by bees and these can cause major problems.
http://tinyurl.com/zl8ssvn

IF you mix bees and horse, you must ensure bees are forced to fly above horse ...
  Topic: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
madasafish

Replies: 8
Views: 8859

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:50 am   Subject: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
In the UK, Bee Inspectors have right of entry to land on which they believe bees are kept. That right only serves to allow inspection of the bees.
  Topic: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
madasafish

Replies: 8
Views: 8859

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:11 am   Subject: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
Having experienced AFB at first hand, any beekeeper who does not investigate it properly at once he suspects it, and then destroys the bees (as is the UK treatment).. is a risk to ALL neighbouring bee ...
  Topic: Top Bar Guide
madasafish

Replies: 3
Views: 2609

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:03 pm   Subject: Top Bar Guide
In my experience,Triangles are simple and best.
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
madasafish

Replies: 228
Views: 383010

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:26 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Read this definitive study.

https://oxnatbees.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/warm-hives/
  Topic: Apis mellifera mellifera
madasafish

Replies: 6
Views: 4802

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:59 pm   Subject: Apis mellifera mellifera
Spanish black bees are reputed to be extremely aggressive.

There is NO such thing as a "European" Black Bee - there are lots of differences.
  Topic: politics question
madasafish

Replies: 7
Views: 5614

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:51 pm   Subject: politics question
I believe the BBKA no longer accepts money from pesticide companies.
  Topic: politics question
madasafish

Replies: 7
Views: 5614

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:02 pm   Subject: politics question
There are no confirmed cases of CCD in the UK so your points about it are not relevant.
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
madasafish

Replies: 22
Views: 19818

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 2:42 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Bees do survive in TBHs in winter.

The current design is totally unsuited to harsh winters and requires significant modifications to reduce heat loss...

Madasafish,
Now we're getting clos ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
madasafish

Replies: 22
Views: 19818

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 5:31 am   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Bees do survive in TBHs in winter.

But they are weak in spring.

My practical experience is that conventional hives are MUCH MUCH easier. Mortality rates are lower and startup id much quicker. ...
 
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