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  Topic: To combine or not too ? ... that is the question
ianrichards

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:20 am   Subject: To combine or not too ? ... that is the question
Brilliant, thanks Barbara.
All seems quite straight forward and very logical.
Meanwhile I be checking my own TBH tomorrow to see what they are up too and if need be, do a split.
Many thanks
Ian
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  Topic: To combine or not too ? ... that is the question
ianrichards

Replies: 2
Views: 6499

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:20 pm   Subject: To combine or not too ? ... that is the question
A novice (just like me) beekeeping friend asked me to help her inspect her 2 TBHs and I think she has a problem that will possibly mean merging her colonies.
Here is the scenario:
8 weeks ago her ...
  Topic: My first colony - CORNWALL
ianrichards

Replies: 3
Views: 8563

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:06 pm   Subject: My first colony - CORNWALL
With any luck I should have uploaded two photos of the colony in my TBH.
Does anyone have any idea as to what type of bee they may be?

http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh634/ianrichards121/Bees ...
  Topic: Shellac recipe ?
ianrichards

Replies: 6
Views: 10232

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:42 pm   Subject: Shellac recipe ?
Excellent.
Thanks
Ian
  Topic: Shellac recipe ?
ianrichards

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:09 pm   Subject: Shellac recipe ?
As long as they are pure shellac, I shouldn't think it will matter what colour they are. The finer the flakes the better, though, since it will dissolve in the meths quicker. I used it with purple met ...
  Topic: Shellac recipe ?
ianrichards

Replies: 6
Views: 10232

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:13 am   Subject: Shellac recipe ?
Isopropyl alcohol is about the purest solvent for shellac, but the smell of meths disappears very quickly, and a couple of days airing should take care of it. If you can mix a little propolis in with ...
  Topic: Shellac recipe ?
ianrichards

Replies: 6
Views: 10232

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:00 am   Subject: Shellac recipe ?
Having built my TBH I need to coat the inside with shellac, but I am concerned about the additives in the denatured alcohol available. Can I just use methylated spirits or is there a more bee friendly ...
 
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