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  Topic: Life after winter
rays

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:38 pm   Subject: Life after winter
At risk of doing Phil Chandler a disservice, in the current situation you can't want for much better than his original work on this topic: http://www.blackburnbeekeepers.com/Guide_to_Swarming_original ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
rays

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:34 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Hi Bernhard,

I'm just curious to understand what happens when the weight of those combs attached to what appears to be a relatively flimsy polythene film of some sort causes it to start to fold and ...
  Topic: Mason Bee
rays

Replies: 2
Views: 1853

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:42 pm   Subject: Mason Bee
Welcome to the wonderful and a possibly underestimated value-added in the world of pollinators - more diverse than honeybees and some will say that they are also equipped naturally and prepared to pro ...
  Topic: My basic TBH I/17 for next season.
rays

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:00 pm   Subject: My basic TBH I/17 for next season.
Some interesting ideas there. The removable front end provided for ease of inspection could be equally apply to both ends. You would then have the potential for opening an entrance for nuclei or split ...
  Topic: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
rays

Replies: 10
Views: 4030

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:43 pm   Subject: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
Thanks for the response.

So, with day temperatures getting near 30°C, you're saying it should be okay to keep the base closed under the mesh floor?

So, when I see all these bees clustering outsi ...
  Topic: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
rays

Replies: 10
Views: 4030

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:04 pm   Subject: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
My hives get no additional ventilation

Does that mean the that you have a solid floor and the only source of ventilation for the interior is provided through the three (?) entrance holes as provide ...
  Topic: european hornet nest in top bar hive
rays

Replies: 1
Views: 3229

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:06 pm   Subject: european hornet nest in top bar hive
Having had a similar experience earlier this year, [url=http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18624&sid=81604121f1c378a02eca647be41eca33]I posted describing my method for removing the queen ...
  Topic: Evicting queen hornet
rays

Replies: 1
Views: 1890

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 7:27 am   Subject: Evicting queen hornet
In case this may be of help to any others facing a similar problem and demonstrating the particular ease and advantage in having holes for entrances, in this case.

I had opened the entrances in my ...
  Topic: Finally did a top bar removal again after months using Langs
rays

Replies: 7
Views: 3471

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 5:41 am   Subject: Finally did a top bar removal again after months using Langs
Thanks BridgetB

I wish I had thought of that simple adaptation before I put this bar to use! But good advice for any next time.
  Topic: Finally did a top bar removal again after months using Langs
rays

Replies: 7
Views: 3471

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 5:52 pm   Subject: Finally did a top bar removal again after months using Langs
Patrick,

Many thanks for your video. I used a variation of your technique to "re-hang" a collapsed brood comb today. A similar piece of grid wire ("hardware cloth") but bent dow ...
  Topic: Gaps
rays

Replies: 5
Views: 2495

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:12 pm   Subject: Gaps
I've got a similar problem this year. I've used strips of fibre board which I'm just pushing up against the outside edges of the follower board to block the gap when I'm closing up. Pretty straightfor ...
  Topic: small cell
rays

Replies: 8
Views: 3782

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:00 pm   Subject: small cell
The science behind small cell is sound ...

Not all would agree with that, by any means, but that's all part of the fun of debates in fora! [url=http://www.bee-api.net/#!cell-size/ccdd]View article ...
  Topic: What to do with a dead hive?
rays

Replies: 4
Views: 2743

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:09 am   Subject: What to do with a dead hive?
Having had a very similar experience with a weak colony that had petered out over winter, I did precisely as catchercradle is recommending here. The hive is now all cleaned out and ready to receive ne ...
  Topic: New book nearing completion...
rays

Replies: 10
Views: 7882

PostForum: The Barefoot Beekeeper - the book, the podcast and the app!   Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:43 am   Subject: New book nearing completion...
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  Topic: Evicted drones
rays

Replies: 9
Views: 6192

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:25 pm   Subject: Evicted drones
... I fished one out of a puddle yesterday. It was totally lifeless. I held it in my closed fist and gently breathed into it and after a few minutes it started to move it's legs and eventually it flew ...
  Topic: New book nearing completion...
rays

Replies: 10
Views: 7882

PostForum: The Barefoot Beekeeper - the book, the podcast and the app!   Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:54 pm   Subject: New book nearing completion...
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  Topic: Top bar modification
rays

Replies: 4
Views: 5069

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:07 pm   Subject: Top bar modification
I, too, had a notion about designing top bar variants this year. I constructed them by placing a lower 10 mm deep secondary bar at an 8 mm bee-space below the "traditional top-bar" with widt ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
rays

Replies: 42
Views: 46048

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:04 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Howie,

As you are from NZ, I guess you have already reviewed [url=http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/pests-diseases/animals/varroa/paper/varroa-treatment-options.htm]this information provided locally? ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
rays

Replies: 42
Views: 46048

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:42 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Here in Switzerland, probably most beekeepers follow the guidance provided by the Swiss Bee Research Centre using organic acids, which recommends one or two treatments using formic acid at the end of ...
 
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