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  Topic: Moving a TBH
tickie

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PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:52 am   Subject: Moving a TBH
How high is the fence? If the hive is right next to it, the bees will fly away from the fence a bit on their way up so many will likely be above the height of the action. This makes some observation ...
  Topic: Moving a TBH
tickie

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:01 pm   Subject: Moving a TBH
Hi,

I'm an urban beekeeper, and have had my first colony since May. All going well, give or take, and the colony is establishing and growing well.

I sited my hive towards the end of the garden ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
tickie

Replies: 7
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:44 pm   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Yes a strong early swarm can build up quickly and swarm again within 8-10 weeks, if conditions are good, especially if they were given some old brood comb to get them started. I put a swarm into a War ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
tickie

Replies: 7
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:08 pm   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Sounds like it's just a combination of camera angle and my diminishing eyesight then. Pleased you didn't see any drone brood and that you are no longer seeing bees with deformed wings.

Here's anot ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
tickie

Replies: 7
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:39 am   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Thank you for you replies catchercradle and Barbara

Is there anyone close by with more experience who can take a look?

Sadly not - the local beekeeper who has been helping me is away. I will as ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
tickie

Replies: 7
Views: 777

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:34 am   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Hi,

I started keeping bees this year - picked up a swarm in May. You can see details about it on my post here: http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18807. I have now seen the queen, alive ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
tickie

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:42 pm   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
Barbara - thanks again for your quick and very useful reply - much appreciated. I decided to go for it and look at the middle three bars - and they are looking as good as I could have hoped...I think. ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
tickie

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:32 am   Subject: I have a colony :)
Hi All - thanks for all the great advice last year. The hive lay dormant over the winter, but a kind local beekeeper managed to find a local cast swarm in May and they've settled in brilliantly. I add ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
tickie

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Views: 3769

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:12 pm   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
Thanks Barbara - I will make sure I remove the mesh. It's only staple gun tacked in, and the wooden panel just screwed, so should all come off without too much fuss Smile

Ah yes, match stick heads so ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
tickie

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Views: 3769

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:55 am   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
The mesh is serving no purpose if the floor is fixed (I personally prefer either solid floors like this or the eco floor anyway) and just makes it difficult to keep clean both for you and the bees.
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  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
tickie

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Views: 3769

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:27 am   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
Completed hive: https://drive.google.com/a/nicholasgates.co.uk/file/d/0BwfN-pL5RWxERzlkLXE2a191S1U/view?usp=drivesdk
https://drive.google.com/a/nicholasgates.co.uk/file/d/0BwfN-pL5RWxEWWRYRGo3dWxCOEk ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
tickie

Replies: 12
Views: 3769

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:47 am   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
it may be that they were already considering an alternative home and you collected them just as they were making the decision to move there and that's where they headed off to.

The hive interior de ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
tickie

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:42 am   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
Not easy to make out of pallets, well done! - how do you get the nails out? Nice job. What are the plastic bags doing? Is the roof not water proof?

At some stage you may want to consider using t ...
  Topic: My First Hive and Swarm
tickie

Replies: 12
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:08 pm   Subject: My First Hive and Swarm
Thought I'd share some pics of my first hive, built from pallet wood, and my first swarm that have just been added:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwfN-pL5RWxESGdLOVItQS1PRUE
https://drive.google ...
  Topic: Deep floor (eco-floor) photos
tickie

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Views: 9135

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:21 pm   Subject: Deep floor (eco-floor) photos
I'm new to this - could you let me know - have you purposefully filled the bottom of the hive with leaf litter? If so, why?

Thanks
  Topic: 10 bar Top Bar Nuc from old Estate Agents boards
tickie

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:18 pm   Subject: 10 bar Top Bar Nuc from old Estate Agents boards
This is a great idea - did you try it out as a bait hive?
  Topic: Evicting queen hornet
tickie

Replies: 1
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:42 pm   Subject: Evicting queen hornet
great tip - very useful for a beginner - thanks!
  Topic: My hTBH just finished.
tickie

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:40 pm   Subject: My hTBH just finished.
Those are absolutely fantastic looking hives - nice one.

I can see you've made a neat fitting removable section for the bottom of the hive. Is that literally just a trough that you can take off an ...
 
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