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  Topic: Set up trap-out in large oak tree - Florida
mannanin

Replies: 13
Views: 1482

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:47 pm   Subject: Set up trap-out in large oak tree - Florida
Great clips Patrick. I have watched lots of your trap outs and cut outs and you always seem to have everything under control and make it look so easy. I think your forward planning is the secret but t ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
mannanin

Replies: 14
Views: 1024

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:56 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
I agree with both of the above posts and it's clear you have had a difficult year. Leave alone until spring and if you can separate and remedy the cross combing that would be ideal. If it is so badly ...
  Topic: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
mannanin

Replies: 5
Views: 883

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:37 pm   Subject: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
I know everyone has their own approach to mites. I have not treated my Kenyan TBH for eight years and the colony seem very happy and healthy. So fit and healthy that as they do nearly every June, they ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
mannanin

Replies: 25
Views: 33210

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:31 pm   Subject: The Russian Scion
So did it work for me? NO, well not this time anyway. Up in the air at 1.00pm today circled the scion and then all landed 3 metres away on my neighbours side of the fence 2 metres up in a hedge. Prim ...
  Topic: Overcrowding
mannanin

Replies: 12
Views: 1567

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:23 pm   Subject: Overcrowding
Again I agree with Barbara. Bearding in hot weather is common and not necessarily a sign of swarming. However in mild weather in May/ June I would put my money on pre swarming behaviour. They could be ...
  Topic: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
mannanin

Replies: 6
Views: 1055

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:52 pm   Subject: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
There are many things you could use for insulation but I would urge you to think if you really need it. You could end up just trapping moisture within the material used in the gable and have a soggy m ...
  Topic: new swarm seems not to be making much comb
mannanin

Replies: 5
Views: 3428

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:04 pm   Subject: new swarm seems not to be making much comb
I must say, I agree with everything Barbara has said. (I nearly always do!) please be patient and remember for the Uk, it is still early season. If it helps, my very first TBH was started with a swarm ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
mannanin

Replies: 18
Views: 6547

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:47 am   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
I like Option 1. However, if you want to cut the risk of losing a swarm, you can try Option 4, The Taranov swarm. You will need to get your timing right though.
  Topic: Swarm prevention by management.
mannanin

Replies: 2
Views: 4053

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 5:11 pm   Subject: Swarm prevention by management.
Not sure what you are reading from but if you really want to understand about checker boarding, I would suggest you read Walt Wrights original articles from the American Bee Journal and Bee Culture. P ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
mannanin

Replies: 25
Views: 33210

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:49 am   Subject: The Russian Scion
I lose swarms from my garden hives most years. It seems they don't tend to hang up anywhere close by. They just come out of the hive and then straight into the woods some 500 metres away. So this yea ...
  Topic: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
mannanin

Replies: 7
Views: 4088

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:11 am   Subject: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
For the time being, yes, leave them alone. Don't go worrying about swarming yet. I would then do it in two stages. First, do what you suggested and in mid April, give them space by increasing to 6/7 b ...
  Topic: When to close the ventilation holes
mannanin

Replies: 5
Views: 4774

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:20 am   Subject: When to close the ventilation holes
I think if you are at the end of summer and not expecting days where the temperature is going to hit 90F, you should be closing up your extra ventilation holes any time soon. They should get more than ...
  Topic: Searching for a source of 'packaged' bees in the U.K.
mannanin

Replies: 8
Views: 9933

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:13 pm   Subject: Searching for a source of 'packaged' bees in the U.K.
I agree totally with everything Barbara has said and I would not want to encourage packages. With a bit of forward planning and a little effort, it is not difficult to source a swarm in the UK. Plenty ...
  Topic: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
mannanin

Replies: 11
Views: 8325

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:34 pm   Subject: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
Sorry to be so negative but if you are seeing that number of wasps actually in the hive, I think you are already too late. By all means, give it a try with a minimum size entrance but you may just hav ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
mannanin

Replies: 134
Views: 170198

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:38 am   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Well please count me in as well. It is a subject that has cropped up before and I often wondered if I should be recycling the old brood comb. My first Kenyan is now six years old and has been continuo ...
  Topic: harvesting from a Warre
mannanin

Replies: 3
Views: 3300

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 9:01 am   Subject: harvesting from a Warre
I don't have much else to add as Barbara has covered it all very well. If you want another option, ( the leaf blower!) and would also like to see pictures, Bernhard has posted them in the Warre sectio ...
  Topic: Totally new, Totally lost
mannanin

Replies: 4
Views: 3583

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 3:51 pm   Subject: Totally new, Totally lost
I would suggest 3mm if you can get it. 4mm you will probably be ok, but don't go for 5mm, it's too big. Don't be tempted by plastic mesh, it's feeble, go for metal. As for feeders, sorry can't help yo ...
  Topic: Reducing Perone volume initially
mannanin

Replies: 8
Views: 7282

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 6:42 am   Subject: Reducing Perone volume initially
Stephen,
For whatever reason it would appear that your package is not happy with your current set up. Given that you are now five days on since introduction, I would try moving them pretty quickly in ...
  Topic: Concerned that majority of stores gone or used up in May
mannanin

Replies: 3
Views: 4070

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 8:45 am   Subject: Concerned that majority of stores gone or used up in May
I agree with Adam, everything sounds normal for a healthy colony at this time of the year. No, they won't abscond, but yes, they may well still swarm. Thats what they like to do. Don't fight it too m ...
  Topic: Swarms
mannanin

Replies: 2
Views: 3446

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:29 am   Subject: Swarms
Linda,
I am guessing that as you are down to one hive, the swarm we installed last summer didn't make it. I know you had cross combing but were there reasons do you think why they didn't survive? Wou ...
  Topic: What to read?? and where to begin??
mannanin

Replies: 4
Views: 3674

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:00 am   Subject: What to read?? and where to begin??
If you have not found it already, go to Michael Bush's site (www.bushfarms) where you will find all the info you need to get you started. Michael has a very practical approach and his material is all ...
  Topic: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
mannanin

Replies: 10
Views: 10399

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:20 pm   Subject: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
Hi Mal,
Your insurance policy sounds fine. I think your plan is sound and I can't think of any problems that may arise. It should work as you intend it, just as an emergency feed. Good luck and hope ...
  Topic: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
mannanin

Replies: 10
Views: 10399

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:07 pm   Subject: Stores and cluster arrangement for Winter
If you guess they have enough stores then I agree with you, so lets both be happy they will be fine and come through the winter. I take it you are thinking insurance policy, so you want to throw in so ...
  Topic: Screen Floors in Winter
mannanin

Replies: 10
Views: 9024

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:04 pm   Subject: Screen Floors in Winter
I have decided that I also prefer solid floors and I also think the bees agree. My original plastic OMF was decimated by a very inquisitive fox. No damage to the combs but it was an alarm call regardi ...
  Topic: Hive tool preferences
mannanin

Replies: 9
Views: 8305

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:06 pm   Subject: Hive tool preferences
I agree that you cant beat a good bread knife. Mine has a thin, flexible blade that allows me to get right up flush with the sides to cut right up to the top bar. Its also excellent for seperating Wa ...
  Topic: New Hive Appears Queenless
mannanin

Replies: 10
Views: 10814

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:22 pm   Subject: New Hive Appears Queenless
I think we are very fortunate in the UK that there are plenty of free swarms waiting to be collected. I interpret your post as a swarm being introduced into an empty Warre box and then placed on top o ...
  Topic: Brand new fallen comb and feeding
mannanin

Replies: 9
Views: 9370

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:09 pm   Subject: Brand new fallen comb and feeding
Sounds like everything is going fine, shame about the broken comb but it’s an easy mistake to make when combs are new and fragile. I like your intentions to stay minimalist so try to keep with it. I w ...
  Topic: Adding bars to growing colony
mannanin

Replies: 16
Views: 14590

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:05 pm   Subject: Adding bars to growing colony
Thats good, back on track with bees and glad to ditch the maths. So by my reckoning you now have 20 bars in there. Just for the record, can you confirm how many are now brood.
  Topic: Adding bars to growing colony
mannanin

Replies: 16
Views: 14590

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:18 pm   Subject: Adding bars to growing colony
I think that hive is doing just fine from what you say. I would continue feeding in 3 or 4 (honey) bars at a time, just as you have been doing. I feed bars into the brood nest, but only when I want to ...
  Topic: Swarm capture
mannanin

Replies: 7
Views: 7724

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:16 pm   Subject: Swarm capture
Thats a great story and in my opinion without doubt the best way to get a hive started. Not sure what price packages are in the US, but I guess you saved a few bucks and provided a public service at t ...
 
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