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  Topic: wasps again?
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 3330

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:38 pm   Subject: wasps again?
Hi and welcome

Sorry to hear that you have lost so many colonies to wasps. Usually it is weak colonies which succumb to wasps and or/other bees robbing them. I get the impression your hives are not ...
  Topic: What's happened?
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 3868

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:07 pm   Subject: What's happened?
Hi David and welcome back

I'm really not sure what happened except that Phil no longer seems to have the time and without his enthusiasm and drive, it has dwindled. I know we lost a lot of content ...
  Topic: Hole(s) drilled in follower boards
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 2631

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:29 pm   Subject: Hole(s) drilled in follower boards
I would imagine it is to allow bees into a feeding area beyond the follower for those times when they need a little help. Personally I prefer to put a feeder adjacent to them inside their end of the h ...
  Topic: Blackened combs
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 2471

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:38 pm   Subject: Blackened combs
Hi

So sorry that your colony has declined.

Depending upon how old the colony is blackened comb can be normal. What was the history of the hive? Do you inspect regularly? When was the last time y ...
  Topic: First timer!
Barbara

Replies: 9
Views: 6191

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:14 am   Subject: First timer!
Sadly there is nothing you can do to save those remaining bees.

Wasps are a real problem for weak colonies at this time of year and being observant and reducing the entrance size right down to one ...
  Topic: Feeding bees ....
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 2793

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:04 pm   Subject: Feeding bees ....
I would probably do it now, but take a couple of combs out so they have a little room to build new comb which may enable them to move stores from the brood nest and produce a few extra bees before win ...
  Topic: Feeding bees ....
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 2793

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:09 pm   Subject: Feeding bees ....
Are all four of the supers on that final hive full? If so then, yes giving one of them to the brood box only colony might not be a bad idea. You could still harvest one or two combs of capped honey fo ...
  Topic: Broken honeycomb help please
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 7450

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:06 pm   Subject: Broken honeycomb help please
Hi

For future reference if this happens again, it is best to leave the broken comb inside the hive for the bees to recover the honey out of. They will do this if you place it propped up in the back ...
  Topic: Reasons for swarming apart from overcrowding/honey bound
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 2202

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:11 pm   Subject: Reasons for swarming apart from overcrowding/honey bound
It is hard to comment on that particular case without seeing it but there is also a primitive urge to reproduce and that has a genetic element in that some bees will be more predisposed to swarming th ...
  Topic: First timer!
Barbara

Replies: 9
Views: 6191

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:56 pm   Subject: First timer!
It is possible that the queen got injured during that comb collapse and they are trying to replace her or she was just not s strong queen to start with. Quality of virgin queens in cast swarms is pret ...
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 5700

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:36 pm   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
In a natural vertical cavity like a hollow tree, the combs are long but not so many of them in number and the cluster moves upwards into their stores as winter progresses mostly between the combs with ...
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 5700

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:59 pm   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
If you are a joiner, then a cathedral hive might be something else you might like to build. Basically it is a Kenyan TBH but with a vaulted roof/top bars. The advantage is that the combs have more sup ...
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 5700

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:05 am   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
No reason why not. People incorporate them into Warre Hives too.
I will be interested to read how you fare with your Perone if you go ahead. My personal feeling is that my bees prefer smaller volume ...
  Topic: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 3486

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:33 pm   Subject: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
If it is on the inside of the hive and sealed with beeswax, it should be fine. I have a hive made out of a veneered chipboard corner cabinet intended for indoor use and it has been in use as a hive fo ...
  Topic: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 3486

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:26 pm   Subject: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
As you realise the screws will draw heat away from the inside to some extent but not sure it will be a huge issue unless you have lots of them. They may snag on your knife when you are cutting away co ...
  Topic: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 3415

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:22 pm   Subject: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
The important thing is to ensure that the body of the hive is bee tight (or more importantly wasp tight, apart from the entrance of course. Any gaps where wasps can sneak in round the back, where ther ...
  Topic: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 3415

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:05 pm   Subject: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
Simple answer is no, just like they don't have to be a perfect "bee-tight" fit to the sides.
  Topic: Apiary location (aka where do bees fly?)
Barbara

Replies: 1
Views: 2833

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:57 pm   Subject: Apiary location (aka where do bees fly?)
Hi Josh. Your concerns are I think unfounded. Unless the bees have found a fantastic source of pollen and nectar, you are very unlikely to see a stream of bees travelling in any direction. I have 10 h ...
  Topic: Sac Brood
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 5517

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:23 pm   Subject: Sac Brood
What is the brood pattern like? Is there any drone brood?
It sounds like there may be some problem with the queen bearing in mind the time it took to come into lay and they are probably looking to r ...
  Topic: Sac Brood
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 5517

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:00 pm   Subject: Sac Brood
So sorry to hear both about your friend not being well and the hard decision you made to destroy the colony. My gut feeling is that these viruses are in the environment anyway and a strong healthy col ...
  Topic: First timer!
Barbara

Replies: 9
Views: 6191

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:36 pm   Subject: First timer!
Sorry to hear you had some comb collapse... it happens and probably a good idea to have rescue bars to hand when you do an inspection. That said, I think you will struggle to reattach them in those te ...
  Topic: First timer!
Barbara

Replies: 9
Views: 6191

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:25 pm   Subject: First timer!
Hi again.

Sadly waxed grooves are not the most reliable form of comb guide and most people use a triangular profile wood guide, rubbed with bees wax under the bars. Even then it is not infallible a ...
  Topic: Odd top bar problem
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 2429

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:11 pm   Subject: Odd top bar problem
Hi

Sorry for the delayed reply.
I think you have the following choices.....

1. Cut it out and reattach to rescue bars.... top bars with chicken wire attacked that the combs can be hooked onto. ...
  Topic: New to Beekeeping and Warre Hive
Barbara

Replies: 2
Views: 3489

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:28 pm   Subject: New to Beekeeping and Warre Hive
Hi and welcome

The way I look at feeding is that the difference between a package of bees and a natural swarm is that the bees in a swarm packed a picnic in preparation to leaving the hive to set u ...
  Topic: Not taking syrup
Barbara

Replies: 5
Views: 4140

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 6:11 pm   Subject: Not taking syrup
Sad to hear that you purchased a package of bees to populate your TB hive because it is a trade that, as Natural Beekeepers, we try to discourage because of the unethical way in which they are often p ...
  Topic: Deleted
Barbara

Replies: 7
Views: 4586

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 1:24 pm   Subject: Deleted
Is there a reason why you are keen for them to build up quickly. That can bring problems of it's own like possibly swarming late in the season. It is still very early in the year for bees to build up ...
  Topic: 20 day old colony in HTBH - Inspection technique advice
Barbara

Replies: 3
Views: 3538

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 1:16 pm   Subject: 20 day old colony in HTBH - Inspection technique advice
Hi Tim

Pleased your young colony are doing well. Taking photos of both sides of each bar would be better still. If you build a comb stand you can just remove the bar, put it on the stand, a quick p ...
  Topic: Large swarm capture in Florida
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 3372

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:49 pm   Subject: Large swarm capture in Florida
That is so interesting. Two swarm seasons!

Do you find that once they swarm the parent colony seems to take a break and rest on it's laurels? Here, my hives will throw up to 4 swarms in May and Ju ...
  Topic: Large swarm capture in Florida
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 3372

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:39 pm   Subject: Large swarm capture in Florida
Wow! That is a whopper! So weird to watch your videos when we are still so far off swarming season. It really is amazing how many swarms you get in Florida and the length of the season..... do you in ...
  Topic: Found an active bee tree
Barbara

Replies: 4
Views: 4674

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:16 pm   Subject: Found an active bee tree
Great news!
 
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