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  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:11 pm   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Thanks for the advice as ever. Will fashion a screen and moderate any further feeding.

Rgds
  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
mal

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:30 am   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
An unnoticed small swarm took up residence in my 6 bar bait hive 4-6 weeks ago and I transferred them into a TBH this weekend. Coming and goings had looked normal and certainly were carrying in pollen ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:32 pm   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
Hi Graham,
What angle is the bevel on your bars ? They look pretty steep and was wondering about the attachment strength in relation to this discussion http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1 ...
  Topic: Wax moth
mal

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:06 pm   Subject: Wax moth
Thanks again for your advice Barbara.
Unfortunately having come out of the winter with 3 colonies in 2 TBHs, and capturing a swarm and placing in a Perone, all have died out !
Having gone through a ...
  Topic: Wax moth
mal

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:57 am   Subject: Wax moth
Hi
Unfortunately one of my tbh colonies that appeared to be extremely strong around July has died off (unknown reason) and the hive is now infested with wax moth - the lid and bars totally gummed up ...
  Topic: Post swarm - no brood, but Queen cells
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 10:03 am   Subject: Post swarm - no brood, but Queen cells
Thanks for the response Barbara.
I have 2 hives in that location and so very likely I have missed prime and/or cast swarms. The large swarm I did catch could have come from the other hive - though th ...
  Topic: Post swarm - no brood, but Queen cells
mal

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 5:26 pm   Subject: Post swarm - no brood, but Queen cells
Hi -
Checked one of my hTBHs today after I had collected a swarm from the site last Monday. I had a very easy inspection from end to end, no agitation, no need to use smoke. However there is a reaso ...
  Topic: Perone populated with a swarm.
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:06 pm   Subject: Perone populated with a swarm.
Hi - If you find the time I'd be interested in reading an update on the perone's progress over this summer. Problems/swarms/honey/outlook ?


Thanks

Mal
  Topic: asian hornet - food for carniverous plant
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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:58 pm   Subject: asian hornet - food for carniverous plant
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33847252
  Topic: Paper marriage ?
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:44 am   Subject: Paper marriage ?
Barbara

Yes, now you say it I see that the central holes into the honey section are just an open back door inviting the wasps in.

Yes both colonies appear queen right so will attempt a transfer ...
  Topic: Paper marriage ?
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:04 am   Subject: Paper marriage ?
Hello - the above htbh came through the winter with both colonies intact.
Early season both were very busy with plenty of bees.
In late June I took Phil's advice (as above) and now have an arrangeme ...
  Topic: Laying worker advice needed
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:37 pm   Subject: Laying worker advice needed
Hi Barbara -
I'm not sure I have a laying worker at all - but I last checked my hives a couple of weeks ago and noted a drone cell pepper pot pattern, and now reading this post is making me wish I'd ...
  Topic: Laying worker advice needed
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:24 am   Subject: Laying worker advice needed
Hi - if you had a laying worker situation in an immoveable hTBH hive, is there any alternative method ? Is it worth attempting to empty the whole hive into nuc style boxes and performing that process, ...
  Topic: Gaps between follower board and floor
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:21 pm   Subject: Gaps between follower board and floor
Hi johno - I have mesh floors and cut my followers to mesh shape.
I assume your followers are too short to cut now (else they'd be pushing the mesh flush or sitting proud of the top of the hive body) ...
  Topic: Perone populated with a swarm.
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 8:53 am   Subject: Perone populated with a swarm.
Hi - that must be a fantastically satisfying result for your first year in the Perone !
I populated 2 TBHs last yr, one with a prime swarm and another with a split and a 2nd swarm. All 3 colonies ha ...
  Topic: What does the top rest on?
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:43 am   Subject: What does the top rest on?
Hi - I have only had tbh since last summer and both have been built to Phils spec.
My only advice would be to think now about how (if) you wish to feed the bees over the winter, and how thick your i ...
  Topic: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:46 am   Subject: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
Hi Mannanin,
Yes I am thinking purely in terms of insurance - but if they do have enough stores does giving them access to fondant [placed on top of a drilled topbar] have any negative aspects ?
Wo ...
  Topic: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:44 pm   Subject: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
General question on winter feeding an HTBH.
I'm guessing the hive has built up 'enough' stores for the winter - the weather was pretty nice in Oct and bees were all over the ivy.
I don't particularl ...
  Topic: Bee gym
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:07 am   Subject: Bee gym
Interesting, but if they are actively using it to rid themselves of mites then it indicates that the bees are unable (physically or communicatively) to groom each other to do the same. Which is maybe ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:55 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
Remember to acknowledge that a written forum is sometimes hard to express passionately held feelings without appearing over bearing and pompous, and especially if the forum is multinational/cultural. ...
  Topic: Bees in a standard hive now (30Aug), move to a HTBH when ?
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:00 pm   Subject: Bees in a standard hive now (30Aug), move to a HTBH when ?
Hi Knucker,
Just to let you know that I followed the procedure as in Phil's description above and it worked and the hive is going into this winter looking strong.
What did I learn ?
I placed the to ...
  Topic: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:30 am   Subject: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
Thanks very much everyone.
It's interesting to me that there is consensus that the colony hasn't developed as strongly as it should have [though I remain defiantly proud of their efforts!]

After d ...
  Topic: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:39 am   Subject: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
Hi,

I took a look at my first yr tbh (populated with prime swarm in May) and everything looks fine - happy activity, laying, stores, pollen coming in nectar etc.
The current arrangement is somethi ...
  Topic: Bee stings
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:39 am   Subject: Bee stings
I haven't been stung whilst wearing my suit (in this my first year) but have had one whilst viewing unsuited (an unintentional trip and arm wave)
My instantaneous reaction was one of panic - at the f ...
  Topic: Paper marriage ?
mal

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Views: 7974

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:00 am   Subject: Paper marriage ?
Thanks for this advice Phil, I will leave them as separate colonies.

Mal
  Topic: Paper marriage ?
mal

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:45 pm   Subject: Paper marriage ?
I have 2 colonies separately in a Chandler design 46 inch TBH, both introduced this year - the original from a split and the second a few weeks later from a swarm I captured before I confirmed there w ...
  Topic: swarmed and caught - back into TBH - an unartificial swarm
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:32 am   Subject: swarmed and caught - back into TBH - an unartificial swarm
All bees in the swarm are "programmed" to find a new home

So that indicates an answer to niggling question I've had for a while regards the 3ft or 3 mile rule and swarms. Is there any fur ...
  Topic: Bait hives
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:34 am   Subject: Bait hives
Hi- as a first timer I have just performed B - ie installed 3 modified top bars to and now transferred from a National.

Even though I put the top bars in the hive far too early in the season (ie th ...
  Topic: Bees in a standard hive now (30Aug), move to a HTBH when ?
mal

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Views: 29297

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:41 pm   Subject: Bees in a standard hive now (30Aug), move to a HTBH when ?
Thanks for your quick responses.

Barbara - in answer to a couple of your questions :
What makes you worry that they will swarm in the next week? Ignorance ! 'Embarassed' No - there did not appear to ...
  Topic: Bees in a standard hive now (30Aug), move to a HTBH when ?
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:18 am   Subject: Bees in a standard hive now (30Aug), move to a HTBH when ?
Hi - I am following Phil's new method of transfer (as detailed above) and have had my 3 modified top-bars in the donor hive for nearly 3 weeks. When I checked last week the middle bar was very full (b ...
 
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