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  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
mefgbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:30 am   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
Quick update: both hives doing well, but one is much slower than the other (the one that I moved to a new hive with just 4 combs). I've left both hives well alone since the split and have only check ...
  Topic: My hTBH just finished.
mefgbee

Replies: 13
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:57 am   Subject: My hTBH just finished.
Hi, yes the removable bottom is just that - an extra space that is filled with leaves, soil, twigs etc to mimic what may be in the bottom of a natural hive. Check out Phil's eco floor idea for mor ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
mefgbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:23 am   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
Thanks Barbara, there were 3 queen cells and 1 cup as far as I could see, so I shared them between the two. I think they were capped but I can't be sure now you've asked specifically ! I left each ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
mefgbee

Replies: 18
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:07 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
OK, so this morning I split them. I was surprised how many were left after the large swarm yesterday. So it's now time to start worrying I've messed something up and should've left well alone.. Very Happy ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
mefgbee

Replies: 18
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:11 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
Thanks Barbara, but luck was not with me today. Mid afternoon they moved off somewhere (wierd as they were so loud this morning , but I didn't hear them going later on). I'm pleased for them real ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
mefgbee

Replies: 18
Views: 6204

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:23 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
They swarmed this morning. All very exciting (probably because it was my first) and after about 15 mins decided to settle high up (60ft) in one of our trees. So I won't be attempting to collect them ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
mefgbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:17 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I've decided to go with option 1 as that will interfere least. Yes I'll be disappointed if I miss collecting the swarm, and it'll be a shame to have an unoccupi ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
mefgbee

Replies: 18
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:23 am   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
The bees in one of my hives appear to be preparing to swarm. This is great news as they were so weak going into winter I really didn't think they'd see January. From about 4 bars they've clawed their ...
  Topic: Extensive outbreak of dysentary in apiary
mefgbee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:28 am   Subject: Extensive outbreak of dysentary in apiary
Hi Barbara,

Sorry to hear about your bees. Up until a few weeks ago my two hives seemed to be pooping everywhere. Making a right mess all over their hives! This has now stopped and I didn't do an ...
  Topic: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
mefgbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 08, 2016 9:35 am   Subject: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
With the great weather we've been having this last week I took the opportunity to transfer my bees to their new home. All seemed to go well and they seem to have settled nicely. Activity has been sig ...
  Topic: My hTBH just finished.
mefgbee

Replies: 13
Views: 8911

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:18 pm   Subject: My hTBH just finished.
Thanks Ollie but I can't see me going into business with these as it takes me too long! Laughing
  Topic: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
mefgbee

Replies: 7
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:02 pm   Subject: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
Thanks everyone. I'll wait until next month and then give them a bit of room to expand. And then see where it's going by the end of April with a view to transferring...
  Topic: My hTBH just finished.
mefgbee

Replies: 13
Views: 8911

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:54 am   Subject: My hTBH just finished.
Thanks Barbara. I don't think the hive look really matters, it was just that after using up my old pine last year I was pretty fed with the prep work getting it to size and flat. So I cheated this ye ...
  Topic: First attempt at a bait hive
mefgbee

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:45 am   Subject: Re: Flower pot swarm trap/bait hives
I am looking to build some bait hive from square flower pots. The top bars fit over nicely, but what do people do to stop them slipping off and what about the lid? What experience have people had wi ...
  Topic: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
mefgbee

Replies: 7
Views: 3967

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:33 am   Subject: Transferring a small colony into a new hive.
I have a small colony that appears to have overwintered successfully. I'm amazed they've survived, having had just 3 small combs and no supplies last September. Rapid feeding, and donating another ...
  Topic: My hTBH just finished.
mefgbee

Replies: 13
Views: 8911

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:58 am   Subject: My hTBH just finished.
I decided to make a couple more hives for the 2016 season, this time using cedar. One at 1.5m, the other at 1.2m. Both scorched internally, and linseed externally. Hinged roof, that can be lifted ...
  Topic: Evicted drones
mefgbee

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:07 pm   Subject: Evicted drones
I did collect some and bring them indoors eg. the ones on the saucer in photo2, but only two perked up and started flying at the kitchen window. We have had some cold wet weather lately so maybe they ...
  Topic: Evicted drones
mefgbee

Replies: 9
Views: 6123

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:36 pm   Subject: Evicted drones
Ah ok! I had presumed they were drones because of their big eyes! Is it their pointed rear ends that proves they're workers?

Sounds like all may be well within the hive after all so that is loo ...
  Topic: Evicted drones
mefgbee

Replies: 9
Views: 6123

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 6:12 pm   Subject: Evicted drones
Thanks Barbara. I'm in the position with this hive where I've resigned myself to letting them work things out. They had some problems in the summer, and I fed them in Sep and Oct. They did have a qu ...
  Topic: Evicted drones
mefgbee

Replies: 9
Views: 6123

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:12 pm   Subject: Evicted drones
I noticed yesterday that in front of one of my hives were a load of dead bees (>50). On closer inspection I think they were all drones (I know they have big eyes but any other easy identifiers?). ...
  Topic: Just finished two cedar hives with windows for a customer
mefgbee

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:40 am   Subject: Just finished two cedar hives with windows for a customer
Very nice Patrick, thanks for posting.
  Topic: Fallen comb
mefgbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:42 am   Subject: Fallen comb
I've noticed tons of pollen going into one my hives too!

A couple of weeks ago I hung some fondant in netting (and also made a fondant frame; will post some pictures on the other feeding thread ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
mefgbee

Replies: 30
Views: 28966

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:06 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
Thanks Barbara. I agree keeping the fondant in the top half is a good idea. Less weight too.

This afternoon I made some fondant with 2kg sugar, 600ml water, and 50g liquid glucose. It's the fir ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
mefgbee

Replies: 30
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:21 am   Subject: Preparing for winter
Hello, since my last post on this thread in September I've been feeding 2:1 syrup and both hives have been taking it. Now it's colder I've noticed that it's just being ignored, so am wondering about ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
mefgbee

Replies: 30
Views: 28966

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:33 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
Barbara I read your post, got up immediately, and went to hive1 armed with a cork... but both entrances had bees fanning away frantically with a lovely hum, so I hadn't the heart to shoo them out th ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
mefgbee

Replies: 30
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:36 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
Thanks again for the advice Barbara, it is much appreciated.

I agree that my hive2 is unlikely to make it through winter but I am loathe to unite as each hive has a queen. Just to be sure of tha ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
mefgbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:15 am   Subject: Preparing for winter
Thank you Barbara.

I have 2 hives both from swarms collected in May.

Hive 1: swarm collected mid May and put into TBH with observation window. They have built about 12 combs. Brood nest is ab ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
mefgbee

Replies: 30
Views: 28966

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:27 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
When feeding 2:1 syrup, how to know when to stop feeding; should the feeding of 2:1 continue until they appear disinterested in it ie. can you overfeed?
  Topic: Serendipitous bee swarm
mefgbee

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Views: 4846

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:28 pm   Subject: Serendipitous bee swarm
Congratulations. Excellent video Very Happy
  Topic: Swarm collected but some left behind
mefgbee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 31, 2015 9:02 am   Subject: Swarm collected but some left behind
Thanks for the replies.

It was concerning me that they were likely to perish if left so I took ingo50's early start advice and just after 5am arrived at the tree with my shoebox. I'd brought a ful ...
 
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