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  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
andy pearce

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:16 pm   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
I have not had much luck in sorting out a hive that has got to the stage where the workers are laying even with a shake out.

The drones are no good either as they are diploid drones from laying wo ...
  Topic: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
andy pearce

Replies: 5
Views: 6239

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:58 pm   Subject: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
Andy...what vaporizer are you using?

I have heard that MAQ strips need to go into big healthy colonies and there is a risk of queen death.

If you need to treat for mites it seems that, reading ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
andy pearce

Replies: 57
Views: 110129

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:40 pm   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Welll.....it is 13 hives now...the 4 Warre I got from Icko all have bees. I have one empty hive left. All swarms came to me!

Wow supering your Perone, so what do you think of the system? Still too ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
andy pearce

Replies: 57
Views: 110129

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 5:54 am   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Good luck with it. Keep us posted.

Unfortunately, life still has not come up with a Perone site yet but I came to Sussex with one hive and now am up to nine.

Having a go with Warre this year as ...
  Topic: Colony collapse disorder
andy pearce

Replies: 10
Views: 14222

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:26 pm   Subject: Colony collapse disorder
AFB!... bad luck-did the NBU identify the source or was it one of those probably random foraging through the unwashed imported honey jar in the re-cycling box down the road jobs?
A
  Topic: Colony collapse disorder
andy pearce

Replies: 10
Views: 14222

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:11 pm   Subject: Colony collapse disorder
Failed queen mating ? The colony would become worker layer then dwindle away leaving empty cells or just a few capped random drone cells. It happened to mine a couple of times...didn't interfere to se ...
  Topic: Almonds, Water and Hedge Funds
andy pearce

Replies: 6
Views: 11415

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:43 am   Subject: Almonds, Water and Hedge Funds
What we can do ourselves is to only buy.organic almonds or no almonds at all

http://www.bigtreeorganic.com/morethanalmonds.html

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  Topic: Apis mellifera mellifera
andy pearce

Replies: 6
Views: 11339

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:59 am   Subject: Apis mellifera mellifera
I think it is a good idea. I have said it many times on this forum.

There are lots of good reasons for doing this including the fact that these bees do well in places with fluctuating weather condi ...
  Topic: December activity
andy pearce

Replies: 7
Views: 9961

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:06 pm   Subject: December activity
I have...not granulated but castor sugar as Michael Bush describes. It works fine. A bag of castor sugar wetted then dried then wrapped in cling film with a hole in it over the feed hole is just as go ...
  Topic: Chalk Brood ....
andy pearce

Replies: 7
Views: 9039

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:02 pm   Subject: Chalk Brood ....
Don't worry about it...all my bees have it, some more than others.
A
  Topic: Fondant
andy pearce

Replies: 7
Views: 8551

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:00 pm   Subject: Fondant
I have tried it and it worked but in the hive became a wet sludge dripping like lava down the combs in a wet and humid winter. I don’t like it but if I do have to feed sugar that is what I give them.. ...
  Topic: Perone populated with a swarm.
andy pearce

Replies: 17
Views: 35093

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:23 pm   Subject: Perone populated with a swarm.
so would I
A
  Topic: British Black Bee project
andy pearce

Replies: 146
Views: 316929

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:39 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
We had a discussion about wing morphology about five pages back on this thread....apparently wing morphology is not a good indicator of sub species type. If this is so those who use wing morph to test ...
  Topic: Flying Ants
andy pearce

Replies: 3
Views: 11082

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:27 pm   Subject: Flying Ants
was it a flower day.............
A
  Topic: Advice on mead please
andy pearce

Replies: 19
Views: 33243

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:08 am   Subject: Advice on mead please
I have tried a few different ways....Elderflowers, bread yeast and wine yeast. The Elder was the slowest and needed a wine yeast boost, the bread was OK and obviously the wine yeast the best. The resu ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
andy pearce

Replies: 381
Views: 607689

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:03 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Bernhard
Just watched your queen rearing video.

Correct me if I am wrong.

You are starting a new hive

Is that fully drawn comb under that excluder?

You shake the bees in from a number of ...
  Topic: Perone populated with a swarm.
andy pearce

Replies: 17
Views: 35093

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:43 pm   Subject: Perone populated with a swarm.
I agree with the above...when he designed the hive it was to be populated full size so the measuring the bees did would account for the whole space and not just part of it. Looks like in your case it ...
  Topic: Bees on floor?
andy pearce

Replies: 4
Views: 8535

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:56 pm   Subject: Bees on floor?
Ok...you will need a queen with wings that she can fly with. You have several options.

Leave them alone and hope for the best

Find the deformed queen and replace her with a new queen

Merge t ...
  Topic: Bees on floor?
andy pearce

Replies: 4
Views: 8535

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:10 pm   Subject: Bees on floor?
Sounds to me like you have a clipped queen.....the wings have been cut short to prevent flying off with a swarm. If your friend had a clipped queen in the hive and that hive swarmed it is that queen t ...
  Topic: what do i put on a beesting
andy pearce

Replies: 14
Views: 17637

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 11:33 pm   Subject: what do i put on a beesting
On a sting put bicarbonate of soda and then fizz it with cider vinegar....gone.
A
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
andy pearce

Replies: 44
Views: 61696

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 5:40 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
I have caught swarms from my own bees in my garden in my bait hive on my oil tank....out of one box directly into another within 10 metres.

There maybe a reason for this...when the bees emerge from ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
andy pearce

Replies: 44
Views: 61696

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 5:21 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
As above....I caught the worst tempered bees in a bait hive and had to put them in a wood. Disease is not the only issue. These were very prolific but dangerous and as the wood was not mine and the la ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
andy pearce

Replies: 44
Views: 61696

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 8:38 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
You have done your research! Great.

I use two old national supers with top bars in the top one and a screened floor for travelling (ventilation) which give me near to 40 litres.. And a roof of cour ...
  Topic: cuckoo
andy pearce

Replies: 1
Views: 6815

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:55 am   Subject: cuckoo
Very nice...looking forward to hearing one. Many years ago I followed one which was wall hopping and calling about fifty metres in front of me in mid Wales for about ten minutes, a very good sight I h ...
  Topic: Searching for a source of 'packaged' bees in the U.K.
andy pearce

Replies: 8
Views: 15676

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:35 am   Subject: Searching for a source of 'packaged' bees in the U.K.
Hi
packages are uncommon in the UK. Most bees are sold on five framed National hive nucs although some bee keepers are moving toward selling a variety of types of nucleus colonies, including top bar ...
  Topic: Would this jacket be OK for a beginner?
andy pearce

Replies: 19
Views: 30393

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:36 am   Subject: Would this jacket be OK for a beginner?
When I first had anything to do with bees it was a set of white overalls a straw boater and a net over the top....not bee proof really and I used to get stung a bit. When I came back to bee keeping it ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project
andy pearce

Replies: 146
Views: 316929

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:50 am   Subject: British Black Bee project
In reply to the above.
Many bee keepers wish to manipulate their bees so having bees that attack you when you are doing the manipulation is not good. I am not saying whether manipulating the bees is ...
  Topic: Abusive tweets from Sheffield Honey
andy pearce

Replies: 4
Views: 7747

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:05 am   Subject: Abusive tweets from Sheffield Honey
Indeed Adam, I have been following the SHB response from those bee keepers on this forum for some years, and am impressed, I even have a few things bookmarked just in case.

Disappointing as it is t ...
  Topic: Why cant you put top bars in nationals?
andy pearce

Replies: 7
Views: 10958

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:37 am   Subject: Why cant you put top bars in nationals?
I have used a strong national to build comb for a htbh. It is very simple...you need a narrow eke to cope with the depth of the wood you are using as the top bars (happy to explain this further if any ...
  Topic: Dr Goulson Podcast
andy pearce

Replies: 2
Views: 6887

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:24 pm   Subject: Dr Goulson Podcast
Smorning, can you confirm that this is the same thing accessible to us Linux users (can't get itumes, it is an Apple thing).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMVvS_MMPeQ

Thanks
A
 
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