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  Topic: Small Cell Foundation
biobee

Replies: 2
Views: 2060

PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:00 pm   Subject: Small Cell Foundation
I must admit that I have not tried small cell foundation, preferring to let the bees build there own comb wherever possible, especially in top bar hives.

If you find that it works for your bees, th ...
  Topic: NEW Quadratic Hive videos
biobee

Replies: 6
Views: 16545

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:15 am   Subject: NEW Quadratic Hive videos
Here's my latest Quad hive video:

https://youtu.be/SFl7eoWHBWs
  Topic: Honey Flow Hive
biobee

Replies: 24
Views: 78217

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:23 am   Subject: Honey Flow Hive
Indeed. When I was contacted by the inventors before they launched the Flow, my feedback to them was mainly about the likelihood of the mechanism being compromised by fast-crystallising honey, such as ...
  Topic: Honey Flow Hive
biobee

Replies: 24
Views: 78217

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:49 am   Subject: Honey Flow Hive
Excellent blog, Bill, and thanks for posting. I agree with pretty much everything you say.

I have not posted anything further about Flow hives, because I was waiting until I had a season with them ...
  Topic: Aquarium Top Bar Hive Inspection
biobee

Replies: 6
Views: 11146

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:42 pm   Subject: Aquarium Top Bar Hive Inspection
I have thought about doing this kind of thing, so I'm glad to see someone actually do it!

I think you are going to run into condensation problems, but you may be fine just with a top entrance.

...
  Topic: Dead bees
biobee

Replies: 13
Views: 16174

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:44 pm   Subject: Dead bees
I suspect that the number of people wanting to take up beekeeping is levelling off. It's harder to fill classes than it was five years ago. Younger people are more likely to be living with parents or ...
  Topic: smoker fuel
biobee

Replies: 12
Views: 20466

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:23 pm   Subject: smoker fuel
German beekeepers often use dried heads of tansy as smoker fuel.

My recently retired bee inspector always used hemp horse bedding.
  Topic: Dead bees
biobee

Replies: 13
Views: 16174

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:20 pm   Subject: Dead bees
The honeybee population of the UK has probably at least doubled in the last ten years, but the food supply has not. If anything, it has probably declined.

I have noticed this year that many of my h ...
  Topic: NEW Quadratic Hive videos
biobee

Replies: 6
Views: 16545

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:31 am   Subject: NEW Quadratic Hive videos
I suspect that queen mating is always going to be a tricky business on a windy island that far north.

Black bees have the advantage that they often mate close to the apiary and will do so in lower ...
  Topic: NEW Quadratic Hive videos
biobee

Replies: 6
Views: 16545

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:44 am   Subject: NEW Quadratic Hive videos
The need far a smaller version of the Warré was indeed in my mind when I was working on this. I have run three colonies like that over the summer, one of which was later transferred into a TBH and two ...
  Topic: NEW Quadratic Hive videos
biobee

Replies: 6
Views: 16545

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:45 am   Subject: NEW Quadratic Hive videos
I have just posted a couple of videos of my experimental Quadratic Hive.

The idea was to design a hive that is truly universal, with an easy transfer route to ALL other hive types, including all fr ...
  Topic: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
biobee

Replies: 33
Views: 49666

PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:15 am   Subject: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
I tend to agree with you, Adam.

My motivation for posting was largely based on the discussions that have ensued elsewhere online, especially on certain FaceBook pages, about definitions of "t ...
  Topic: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
biobee

Replies: 33
Views: 49666

PostForum: Treatment-Free Beekeeping   Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:58 am   Subject: What do we mean by 'treatment-free'?
"Treatments" fall into one of three categories, in my thinking:

1. "Chemical" treatments, including miticides, powdered sugar, or any other substance not brought in by bees.

...
  Topic: Top bar hives in The Guardian with Alys Fowler
biobee

Replies: 0
Views: 8019

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:50 am   Subject: Top bar hives in The Guardian with Alys Fowler
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/29/bees-beekeeping-changed-way-i-garden-alys-fowler?CMP=fb_gu
  Topic: Podcast alert: Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge
biobee

Replies: 2
Views: 7474

PostForum: The Barefoot Beekeeper - the book, the podcast and the app!   Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:26 am   Subject: Podcast alert: Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge
See lower down this page, or go to http://biobees.libsyn.com/dave-goulson-and-brigit-strawbridge
  Topic: Podcast alert: Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge
biobee

Replies: 2
Views: 7474

PostForum: The Barefoot Beekeeper - the book, the podcast and the app!   Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:58 am   Subject: Podcast alert: Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge
I had a chance to record a discussion with Professor Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge at the Moor Meadows conference at Brimpts Farm on Dartmoor (July 1 2017).

We had a wide-ranging discussion ...
  Topic: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
biobee

Replies: 21
Views: 42076

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:54 pm   Subject: A KTBH to Deep Long Hive conversion ...
Colin - what happened to your "Heretic's Guide" site? Have you moved it?
  Topic: bees and weather help please asap
biobee

Replies: 10
Views: 10830

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:51 am   Subject: bees and weather help please asap
Maxine - I have re-activated your 1abee account.
  Topic: Is my swarms queen less
biobee

Replies: 4
Views: 7876

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:44 pm   Subject: Is my swarms queen less
I have housed swarms that turned out to be queenless. The easiest solution is to give them a queen cell from another swarming hive (or their own, of course) and if none are available, give them eggs f ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
biobee

Replies: 11
Views: 15456

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:44 pm   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?


Another option for inspecting bait hives instead of using a follower is to just screw the back wall on and not glue it, so that when you come to inspect and you find it propolised solid, you can u ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
biobee

Replies: 11
Views: 15456

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:42 pm   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
I use 12-bar boxes as bait hives, around 32 litres, I think.

This would of course be dependant on the width of the bars being used. I know that an adjustment to bee space and bar width is still an ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
biobee

Replies: 11
Views: 15456

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:26 am   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
I use 12-bar boxes as bait hives, around 32 litres, I think.

https://youtu.be/CGsu_T330OE

They are make very simply using four boards, 18"x12"x1".


Do you have any thoughts on ...
  Topic: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
biobee

Replies: 11
Views: 15456

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:25 pm   Subject: Periscope entrance for bait hive?
Just a quick comment: nowhere that I have seen does Seeley say that bait hives should be 40 litres. He simply ran an experiment using three different capacities, and that one attracted more swarms tha ...
  Topic: Help Needed
biobee

Replies: 3
Views: 6511

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:21 pm   Subject: Help Needed
My guess is that we will soon be seeing ads for AC systems...
  Topic: FLIR and Low Intervention Beekeeping
biobee

Replies: 4
Views: 7495

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:06 pm   Subject: FLIR and Low Intervention Beekeeping
I must put a Taranov board on my list of Things To Make...

For those unfamiliar with the Taranov method of swarm management, see Dave Cushman's page - http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/taranovswm.htm ...
  Topic: FLIR and Low Intervention Beekeeping
biobee

Replies: 4
Views: 7495

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:01 pm   Subject: FLIR and Low Intervention Beekeeping
Yes, assuming you can spot the relevant behaviour.

How about using a listening device as well, such as the Apidictor?


See this thread http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6765
  Topic: Voice Controlled Beekeeping Inspection App in Beta
biobee

Replies: 10
Views: 14618

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:26 am   Subject: Voice Controlled Beekeeping Inspection App in Beta
I often use a digital voice recorder and write the notes up later.
  Topic: Ex-BBKA President reverses his position on pesticides
biobee

Replies: 0
Views: 6232

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:53 am   Subject: Ex-BBKA President reverses his position on pesticides
Dr Ivor Davies was BBKA president when they endorsed a range of pesticides around the turn of the century. Now he seems to have seen the light...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4221 ...
  Topic: Inside out (South)
biobee

Replies: 8
Views: 12999

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:28 am   Subject: Inside out (South)
Here are some more daft historical statements about bees:

http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast260.htm
  Topic: Inside out (South)
biobee

Replies: 8
Views: 12999

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:06 am   Subject: Inside out (South)
"If we cease to gather honey eventually we get to a stage where a lot of colonies would cease to function because they don't have anywhere to keep all of the honey".

I think that will go ...
 
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Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

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