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  Topic: Bee Breeding and Importation - A Broken Relationship
prakel

Replies: 1
Views: 2520

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:09 pm   Subject: Bee Breeding and Importation - A Broken Relationship
We need to pause, and let bees find their balance in the landscape we have today

What does this actually mean?
  Topic: British Black Bee project
prakel

Replies: 145
Views: 166139

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:35 am   Subject: British Black Bee project
Did you forget to light the smoker?
  Topic: advice for saving queenless hives
prakel

Replies: 7
Views: 5870

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:16 am   Subject: advice for saving queenless hives
Another twist is to graft a handful of suitably young larvae into one of the combs. This gives the same response as the comb transfer but without taking resources away from the donor colony.
  Topic: Inspection accident = p***ed off bees! How best to proceed?
prakel

Replies: 23
Views: 22351

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:39 am   Subject: Inspection accident = p***ed off bees! How best to proceed?
I know that there seem to be a lot of people who think using a smoker is a sign of incompetent beekeeping, but it's not.

Just in case this was pointed to me Very Happy

No it wasn't specifically aimed ...
  Topic: Inspection accident = p***ed off bees! How best to proceed?
prakel

Replies: 23
Views: 22351

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:41 pm   Subject: Inspection accident = p***ed off bees! How best to proceed?
Thanks Prakel,

maybe you didn't see all of my original post? There was a clear reason for their behaviour because of a sudden violent disturbance to the hive... it's not a general change of char ...
  Topic: Inspection accident = p***ed off bees! How best to proceed?
prakel

Replies: 23
Views: 22351

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:15 am   Subject: Inspection accident = p***ed off bees! How best to proceed?
Here's another thought to throw in the pot -just to add some variety. Are you sure that the queen you had last season hasn't been superceded as that could explain a change in character.Remember, it's ...
  Topic: Inspection accident = p***ed off bees! How best to proceed?
prakel

Replies: 23
Views: 22351

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:24 am   Subject: Inspection accident = p***ed off bees! How best to proceed?
Have never smoked before but think I can get a loan of a smoker.!

Getting your own and having it lit before opening the hive at each inspection might be a good idea. I know that there seem to be a ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project
prakel

Replies: 145
Views: 166139

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:02 am   Subject: British Black Bee project
I have heard that but have never come across any real evidence.

Jon, I believe that Gilles Fert has looked into this in quite a detailed way for use in his own breeding apiaries. There's certainly ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project
prakel

Replies: 145
Views: 166139

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:13 am   Subject: British Black Bee project
Mating hives: will you be using mini nucs or full comb nucs? Apologies for the questions but this is the stuff that I find interesting.
  Topic: British Black Bee project
prakel

Replies: 145
Views: 166139

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:18 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
Hi, what method{s} do you plan to use to produce the queens in quantity?
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
prakel

Replies: 22
Views: 17999

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:57 pm   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
Thanks for the clarification Prakel. I'm using horizontal top bar hives so clearer boards aren't an option. Last season (my first) I didn't harvest any comb as I wanted to maximise the chances of my n ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
prakel

Replies: 22
Views: 17999

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:28 pm   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
We rarely brush bees at all but the best kit I've ever used for the job is the dried stems of mustard/osr which, of course, are only available at certain times of the year. They flick the bees off the ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
prakel

Replies: 22
Views: 23481

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:33 am   Subject: Re: Do bees like moss?
Way back in the 'old days' my grandfather used to cut motorcycle tires longitudinally and then stuff each half with moss before topping up with water. Worked really well for the purpose.

He would d ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
prakel

Replies: 22
Views: 23481

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:40 am   Subject: Re: Do bees like moss?
About three weeks ago we started noticing bees going to a mossy patch under the willow tree. I shot some video of it in the hopes someone would know how the bees are benefiting from it.
Here's some ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
prakel

Replies: 22
Views: 17999

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:45 pm   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
We rarely brush bees at all but the best kit I've ever used for the job is the dried stems of mustard/osr which, of course, are only available at certain times of the year. They flick the bees off the ...
  Topic: E. O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler talk about superorganisms
prakel

Replies: 1
Views: 2677

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:17 am   Subject: E. O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler talk about superorganisms
Thanks for putting these up, not had chance to watch them yet but I will do over the weekend. I had the pleasure of seeing E.O Wilson on his recent visit to the UK, even in his eighties he's still an ...
  Topic: Would you ever go for this?
prakel

Replies: 4
Views: 10621

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ   Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:49 am   Subject: Would you ever go for this?
In you position I'd look at it like this: will the sold hives be kept in the area where I wish to build a commercial bee business, if yes, then there's no way I'd consider the option; too many variabl ...
  Topic: thermal research - need advice on VERY tall warre
prakel

Replies: 20
Views: 18729

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:37 am   Subject: thermal research - need advice on VERY tall warre
derekm, has your extensive research demonstrated that swarms show a preference for nest cavities with a certain level of insulation?
  Topic: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
prakel

Replies: 21
Views: 20917

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:14 am   Subject: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
Doesn't too much wire block some of the vibration signals sent between bees on the comb ? I thought that on natural comb the intensity was amplified to more distal bees and that vibration is a vital ...
  Topic: Making Increase Without Splits ...
prakel

Replies: 15
Views: 19649

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:43 pm   Subject: Making Increase Without Splits ...
So what you're saying is you use the genetics of the weak colony to develop new colonies?

That might depend on where the new queens are coming from; yes, they could be raised from that colony or, a ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
prakel

Replies: 86
Views: 112180

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:30 am   Subject: Re: Over wintering colony size, splits, etc.
Conversely, M. Palmer and certain of Dusko’s friends have had a great deal of the opposite sort of experience.

I don't think that Mr Palmer advocates making weak splits, I may of course be wrong bu ...
  Topic: Small Hive beetle in Italy
prakel

Replies: 16
Views: 19819

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:04 pm   Subject: Small Hive beetle in Italy
The link mentioned at the top of this thread has now evolved to the point where reports of further cases have been discovered in another apiary.
  Topic: Interesting
prakel

Replies: 3
Views: 4303

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:50 am   Subject: Re: Interesting
I have a hive that has lost its queen I am sure, plus it was robbed. Fed a few weeks ago looked today good stores plus two queen cells. Drones in development plus drones being left to enter the hive
...
  Topic: catenary hive
prakel

Replies: 21
Views: 35253

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:16 am   Subject: catenary hive
I separate the top bars using "National" metal end spacers, and use standard MD supers, or 12 frame Manley "Standards" with BS deep frames as supers.

I assume that you must be u ...
  Topic: European queen breeders
prakel

Replies: 20
Views: 28980

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:37 am   Subject: European queen breeders

A quick look at a major bee supplier is offering Amm queens for £40 and a local bred Queen for £40 the latter currently out of stock. Another big bee supplier is offering British bred hybrids for £5 ...
  Topic: European queen breeders
prakel

Replies: 20
Views: 28980

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:23 am   Subject: European queen breeders
If you really want to help bees in the UK buy our native Apis mellifera mellifera queens, they are the bees that have evolved here to cope with the variable weather we have on the Atlantic side of Eur ...
  Topic: Do I really need to learn 'traditional keeping' first?
prakel

Replies: 18
Views: 18799

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:10 pm   Subject: Re: Do I really need to learn 'traditional keeping' first?
I'm really confused.
Do I have to do a course with my local bee group to join? I'm feeling rather pressured at the moment. Sad The head honcho has said I need to learn 'traditional' methods before I ...
 
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