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  Topic: top bar kenyan, linseed on inside of hive too?
trekmate

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:10 pm   Subject: top bar kenyan, linseed on inside of hive too?
Hi & Welcome.
LINSEED ONLY ON THE OUTSIDE! Bees like only bee products inside.
Floor depends on your aims. If you want to treat for Varroa you need to check Varroa levels, so need a mesh. If you ...
  Topic: Bee Guardian?Workabel or con
trekmate

Replies: 5
Views: 4778

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:48 am   Subject: Bee Guardian?Workabel or con
Does it require a power source?
It doesn't need power source. It's powered by piezoelectric effect generated inside the BG.
The "piezo-electric effect" relies on DISTORTION of a crystal t ...
  Topic: Splitting very full TopBarHive
trekmate

Replies: 2
Views: 1197

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 7:23 am   Subject: Splitting very full TopBarHive
A prime swarm leaves on or around the day that the first Q cell is capped. I'd suggest you act sooner rather than later!
  Topic: Reuse comb that bees died in through starvation
trekmate

Replies: 3
Views: 1379

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:00 am   Subject: Reuse comb that bees died in through starvation
I can't get the link to work, but starved bees have their heads deep in the cells. If that's the case you should be OK to re-use the combs. The new bees will clean anything out they don't want, so don ...
  Topic: Top Bar
trekmate

Replies: 3
Views: 2455

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:37 am   Subject: Top Bar
The Thornes one I saw a few years ago is one to avoid! Poorly designed (apparently designed for Carribean use) with a wrongly located Varroa mesh, no space under the roof and based on the Langstroth t ...
  Topic: surprise bees in discarded warre
trekmate

Replies: 7
Views: 3748

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:04 am   Subject: surprise bees in discarded warre
Adam - fully agree with you insulation comments, but I'm referring to "maintaining a strong colony" i.e. density of bees. Mid Lothian is not generally an extreme climate, especially with cli ...
  Topic: surprise bees in discarded warre
trekmate

Replies: 7
Views: 3748

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:37 am   Subject: surprise bees in discarded warre
If they are only in the top box it would be best to take the empties away. Less volume means less to patrol and maintain giving the colony a better chance. I had a small colony in a TBH going into las ...
  Topic: surprise bees in discarded warre
trekmate

Replies: 7
Views: 3748

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:03 am   Subject: surprise bees in discarded warre
Bees! Rolling Eyes So unpredictable... Very Happy Congrats on the swarm.

I don't use Warres, but:

How many boxes are they in? It will be simpler to move them as they are, just close in with ventilation and ...
  Topic: Spacing Between Hives
trekmate

Replies: 5
Views: 5531

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:17 am   Subject: Spacing Between Hives
That said, it is not overly unusual for there to be more than one colony occupy chimney stacks in the same building and I read of multiple colonies being cut out of the same "trailer" in par ...
  Topic: Spacing Between Hives
trekmate

Replies: 5
Views: 5531

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:12 am   Subject: Spacing Between Hives
I'd like to add (bearing in mind "Natural Beekeeping") that Tom Seeley says that wild colonies are rarely closer than 100 yards apart.

For most of us that is unachievable, but I try to li ...
  Topic: Buckfast bees in a mixed Apiary
trekmate

Replies: 3
Views: 5142

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:08 am   Subject: Buckfast bees in a mixed Apiary
I have no experience with Buckfast, but understand that any first generation cross (F1 hybrid) can be more challenging. I know that to be true of Carniolans. My first hive was pure Carnies and after s ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
trekmate

Replies: 14
Views: 7961

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:25 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
I don't know your climate, but would err on the side of caution.

I'd suggest leaving them until next season, then as the colony build up, move the crossed combs all together towards one side of the ...
  Topic: Black Comb
trekmate

Replies: 3
Views: 4908

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:10 am   Subject: Black Comb
I agree with Barbara, especially that there is no fixed time - it's very dependent on your conditions.

I'd add that some see wax as a hive product (used for candles, cosmetics etc.) and may theref ...
  Topic: Beginners training event - Lancashire
trekmate

Replies: 1
Views: 4228

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:09 pm   Subject: Beginners training event - Lancashire
Bad news: Unfortunately, the course above was cancelled as there was only one applicant.
Good news: Another opportunity over the weekend of October 28th/29th.
See http://topbarbeehive.co.uk/Copied-C ...
  Topic: Beginners training event - Lancashire
trekmate

Replies: 1
Views: 4228

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:57 am   Subject: Beginners training event - Lancashire
Another opportunity to learn the principles and practical aspects of beekeeping in a "natural" way using the top-bar hive.
We will discuss the principles and reasons for the development of ...
  Topic: Bumble
trekmate

Replies: 5
Views: 3712

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:22 am   Subject: Bumble
If you have concerns, plant plenty of bee friendly flowers and encourage others to do the same! Cool
  Topic: Er... have I had a supersedure?
trekmate

Replies: 5
Views: 3686

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 6:49 am   Subject: Er... have I had a supersedure?
Same advice as catchercradle, but I'd suggest the old queens production may have dwindled at such a rate that she has almost sopped laying before the bees react with a suspercedure cell.

I've found ...
  Topic: Western Red Cedar
trekmate

Replies: 2
Views: 4888

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:36 am   Subject: Western Red Cedar
I've use 8" +4" with great success, couldn't get 12" to try.

Just be aware of the dangers of dangerous of cedar dust - I learned the hard way and have an inhaler now (although not us ...
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
trekmate

Replies: 13
Views: 7764

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:13 am   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
KEEP THE FORUM!

I visit daily when I have internet access. Number of posts made is irrelevant, I still learn from others and offer help when I can. This is certainly one of the "friendlier&quo ...
  Topic: Natural Beekeepers In Pendle Lancashire?
trekmate

Replies: 5
Views: 6801

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:45 am   Subject: Natural Beekeepers In Pendle Lancashire?
The group that usually meet at Brinscall are meeting at 2.00pm this afternoon at https://www.thebeecentre.org/ near Samlesbury. Pop along and say hello if you have the time.
  Topic: icing sugar containing starch
trekmate

Replies: 2
Views: 2790

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:04 am   Subject: icing sugar containing starch
Try grinding white granulated sugar to the consistency of icing sugar. A clean coffee grinder or food grinder works well.
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
trekmate

Replies: 11
Views: 8467

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:00 am   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
I have baited many swarms into much smaller boxes - between 20 and 35 litres, approximately, so don't take this too literally!
I've also had a swarm move into a full sized hive with the followers set ...
  Topic: TBH Making day
trekmate

Replies: 6
Views: 6919

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:20 am   Subject: TBH Making day
When I have built roofs with overlapping cedar planks, I sealed the overlap with silicon during construction. Invisible when complete, stops rain blowing up-hill and is out-side of the area used by be ...
  Topic: Hive scorching
trekmate

Replies: 8
Views: 7115

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:45 am   Subject: Hive scorching
.... If you use triangular mouldings as comb guides, you will be coating them with wax anyway, so that seals the wood.
"Coating" is excessive! With triangular guides all you need is to rub ...
  Topic: Voice Controlled Beekeeping Inspection App in Beta
trekmate

Replies: 10
Views: 7744

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:25 am   Subject: Voice Controlled Beekeeping Inspection App in Beta

I have been playing with a system of coloured pins on a cork board and that seems to work OK for me.
... and the batteries will never go flat when you need it! Cool
  Topic: Three nice mice occupied my TBH
trekmate

Replies: 1
Views: 4745

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:13 am   Subject: Three nice mice occupied my TBH
Hi Michael

I have no experience of this, but bumblebees LOVE the smell of mouse urine. They often nest in used mouse nests. In parts of Africa human urine is used to bait a hive with great success. ...
  Topic: eco floor
trekmate

Replies: 5
Views: 6484

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:57 am   Subject: eco floor
Like catchercradle, I've not used an eco-floor, but my understanding is that you should leave the contents, but be prepared to add more if it has settled.

As for the bees on the floor, the aim is t ...
  Topic: Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
trekmate

Replies: 3
Views: 3797

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:57 am   Subject: Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
If, as you say, they have no combs, feeding would be essential! How have they survived this far with no food stored? Do you see foraging throughout the year? Are you sure they have no combs now? When ...
  Topic: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
trekmate

Replies: 5
Views: 5166

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:57 am   Subject: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
In the People's Hive (Warre) the hessian is painted with a flour paste to stop the bees chewing and removing it. You might like to look into something similar?

As long as the cloth is firmly attach ...
  Topic: FLIR images
trekmate

Replies: 2
Views: 4222

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:43 am   Subject: FLIR images
Thanks for that. Greta photos. On some images it's so obvious where the brood nest is!

Is the insulation polystyrene? Does that cause/worsen any issues with condensation/dampness in the hives?

...
 
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