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  Topic: What to do with a dead hive?
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:27 pm   Subject: What to do with a dead hive?
Ah thanks guys. I wasn't sure if the moldy comb would be any good for anything or might have tainted the honey or something. Good to know I can just clear it out and use whatever's there.
  Topic: What to do with a dead hive?
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:46 pm   Subject: What to do with a dead hive?
I had three colonies in two htbhs going into last winter. Two looked really strong but the third, one of the colonies sharing a hive, looked rather week. I think they swarmed rather a lot last summer. ...
  Topic: Solitary bees
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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:04 pm   Subject: Solitary bees
Really nicely done film. And so pretty!
  Topic: what do i put on a beesting
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 8:56 pm   Subject: what do i put on a beesting
an excellent theory dex which for the most part works.
Though I have had an installation of bees from a bait hive to main hive result in 10 stings through my bee suit. These particular bees wanted to ...
  Topic: Mentor wanted ( TELFORD AREA )
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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:20 pm   Subject: Mentor wanted ( TELFORD AREA )
Hi Sam! Sorry I haven't been on here much recently. I'm no way near experienced enough to be a mentor, I just started beekeeping last year, but i'm happy to give any support I can. I currently have tw ...
  Topic: ANYONE KNOW OF ANY DYXLEXIC FREINDLY BOOKS?
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PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:47 pm   Subject: ANYONE KNOW OF ANY DYXLEXIC FREINDLY BOOKS?
I am dyslexic and I 'read' all my books by getting a computer to read them to me.

I get ebooks such ass Phil's books and then use text to speech applications.

On my iphone I use an app called ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:43 pm   Subject: Do bees like moss?
Is moss bee pollinated or does it perhaps thrive on bee poop?

From what I understand moss and lichen reproduce by spores, which I would guess could easily bee spread on the legs and bodies of bees. ...
  Topic: Spring honey harvest.
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:18 pm   Subject: Spring honey harvest.
Oh thanks guys, that's helped me relax. I just had a small panic when I saw them flying and couldn't remember what I was supposed to be doing with them Shocked . I'll leave them bee until the dandeli ...
  Topic: Spring honey harvest.
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:52 pm   Subject: Spring honey harvest.
Hi all,

So my three colonies seem to have come through the winter alright in their two htbhs. I started seeing them for the first time this year a week or two back and with it being suddenly warm ( ...
  Topic: Honey Flow Hive
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:16 pm   Subject: Honey Flow Hive
Totally agree Phil. As a peace of lateral thinking and practical engineering I think its fabulous.

So - that's around £400 to kit out one super - you'd need to pull an awful lot of honey to recoup ...
  Topic: A talk by Paul Stamets featuring his research into bees
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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:57 pm   Subject: A talk by Paul Stamets featuring his research into bees
He Starts talking about bees around half way through but its all worth a watch.

http://youtu.be/DAw_Zzge49c?list=UU7MRhTq4E2CYwXNIwDjA3NA
  Topic: Dead and dieing bees around my TBH's
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:25 pm   Subject: Dead and dieing bees around my TBH's
Sorry its taken a while to get back on this, I've been having trouble getting this site to open properly recently.

Anyway thanks again for the replies, seem like they were mostly drones after all. ...
  Topic: Dead and dieing bees around my TBH's
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:14 pm   Subject: Dead and dieing bees around my TBH's
I couldn't make out the ones at start of video, but the ones at the end looked like drones, so perhaps kicked out as not needed anymore

Thanks for the replies.

Some of them are drones but others ...
  Topic: Dead and dieing bees around my TBH's
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:54 am   Subject: Dead and dieing bees around my TBH's
I'm not sure if this is something to be concerned about or just old bees wearing out naturally. Over the last few days I've started seeing some bees crawling around on the ground around my TBH's and t ...
  Topic: flys on bees
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:45 am   Subject: flys on bees
I noticed something similar a few days ago on one of my HTBH. With mine it was only one or two flies, but like in your video they where flying around the entrance, landing on bees and getting chased o ...
  Topic: A new swarm.
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:44 pm   Subject: A new swarm.
Yes indeed they are superb bees. Good natured as well as industrious. I'm very grateful for all your hedge climbing antics.
  Topic: A new swarm.
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:29 pm   Subject: A new swarm.
So about a month ago Andy phoned me up to say he had court a prime swarm from one of his hives and wondered if I had any room for it. I had only presently finished a new 45inch tbh and put a split fro ...
  Topic: Periscope Entrance
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:17 am   Subject: Periscope Entrance
I'm a new beekeeper too but have had a little experience with the periscope entrance.

I recently split my first hive and moved the split into a new hive. The new hive has a periscope entrance and t ...
  Topic: Movable hive.
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 10:38 am   Subject: Movable hive.
I have a long thin garden with the shed at one end and the spot I have put my bees at the other. So I've come up with a way to get my new hive down there without needing help.

http://i1284.photobuc ...
  Topic: Wild bee house design.
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:33 am   Subject: Wild bee house design.
Cool, look forward to the pics.

I wouldn't mind trying one out. My mason bees are out in full force at the moment so they should give it a good test.
  Topic: Wild bee house design.
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:09 am   Subject: Wild bee house design.
If you can make it breathable out of something like wood pulp, brick dust or cement I see no reason why it wouldn't work. I hadn't realized regular 3D printers were that versatile yet. The only small ...
  Topic: Wild bee house design.
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 8:04 pm   Subject: Wild bee house design.
In my experience plastic is not very good for solitary bees. I have tried both conventional plastic drinking straws and 'biodegradable' ones. They both suffer very badly from mold over the winter and ...
  Topic: Mason Bees
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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:35 am   Subject: Mason Bees
I don't know what kind of bee house you got for them but mason bees can be quite fussy and not all commercial solitary bee houses are made very well.

In general what they need is for the tubes, wh ...
  Topic: something's taken up residence in the last week or so.
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:08 pm   Subject: something's taken up residence in the last week or so.
They are very likely solitary bees, they look just like the red mason bees just starting to hatch out of my solitary bee blocks. The reason you are seeing lots of them is there will be a tube of cocoo ...
  Topic: My first bees
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:34 pm   Subject: My first bees
I bought my first bees last week in the form of a top bar nuc from ChristianMaass on here, and with the help of Andy Pearce and his lovely wife Hazel I installed them into my main hive today. Here are ...
  Topic: Bumblebee in my top bar hive
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:56 am   Subject: Bumblebee in my top bar hive
Alas it seems my poking around yesterday upset the bumble enough to abandon her attempts at taking over the hive Sad
  Topic: Bumblebee in my top bar hive
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:38 pm   Subject: Bumblebee in my top bar hive
So I have an interesting situation. At the weekend I bought a top bar nuc and bought it home in a nut box. I put it next to my TBH (with a eco floor) for them to settle down, hoping to move them in on ...
  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:10 pm   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
I picked up the bees yesterday and it all went really well. Had a couple of escapees on the way back, the one thing I forgot was a sheet, but they settled down as soon as it got dark. They got home as ...
  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:04 pm   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
So just for the record here's the finished nuc box. Entirely made from old pallet wood and bits and pieces from a next door neighbors shed clear out. I made it a couple of bars bigger than it needs to ...
  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:14 pm   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
Ah thanks for the replies.

I have replaced the floor with mesh just in case, I was umming and ahhing about it anyway. That's interesting Garret, I hadn't thought of that. I suppose its more of a pr ...
 
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