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  Topic: UK honey flows
joshrobs

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:01 am   Subject: UK honey flows
Hi all, I've seen a lot of articles and people talking about such-and-such a honey flow, and I'm curious, has anybody ever made a list of the main ones in the UK? I realise dates and sources will var ...
  Topic: Reasons for swarming apart from overcrowding/honey bound
joshrobs

Replies: 1
Views: 2062

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:46 pm   Subject: Reasons for swarming apart from overcrowding/honey bound
So this conventional beekeeper guy I know split 3 of his 4 hives (Nationals) in May or June, but he didn't have time to split the last of them so he put a second brood box on it in the hope they'd not ...
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.
joshrobs

Replies: 7
Views: 5314

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:27 am   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
Out of curiosity, do super highways have any analogue in natural nests?
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.
joshrobs

Replies: 7
Views: 5314

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:53 am   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
Interesting, I had not heard of the small hive project, thanks Barbara!
  Topic: Anyone use osmo polyx floor oil inside a hive?
joshrobs

Replies: 2
Views: 2494

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:17 pm   Subject: Anyone use osmo polyx floor oil inside a hive?
Hi, I was looking at the various options for treating the inside of the hive (shellac+propolis in alcohol, scorch with beeswax), and I realized I have some osmo polyx floor oil left over from a job. H ...
  Topic: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
joshrobs

Replies: 5
Views: 3235

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:06 pm   Subject: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
It is real wood, just very light!
  Topic: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
joshrobs

Replies: 5
Views: 3235

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:49 am   Subject: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
That's interesting that 19mm can be enough, though I guess national hives must be about that. I was more concerned with strength, the wood's from an Ikea changing table I got off ebay for 99p and it' ...
  Topic: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
joshrobs

Replies: 5
Views: 3235

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:11 pm   Subject: Do bees care about e.g. screw heads inside hives?
I had loads of 19mm board so I screwed+glued it crosswise to make thicker panels for the ends and sides, with the screw heads on the inside, but now I'm wondering, do bees care about nail heads or scr ...
  Topic: Reasons to NOT use periscope entrances?
joshrobs

Replies: 0
Views: 2187

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:57 am   Subject: Reasons to NOT use periscope entrances?
Hi, me again. I'm reading Phil's "building a top-bar hive" book, the bit about periscope entrances, and he says it might be useful to have a regular entrance the bees can use during the firs ...
  Topic: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
joshrobs

Replies: 4
Views: 3190

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:46 am   Subject: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
I'm one of these people who're primed to be overly neat, it's something I fight daily 🙄 Also I've very little experience with bees so I don't know how to interpret what I'm reading Smile

FWIW ...
  Topic: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
joshrobs

Replies: 4
Views: 3190

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:52 am   Subject: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
Ah, I thought they did have to be bee-tight to the sides. Thank you!
  Topic: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
joshrobs

Replies: 4
Views: 3190

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:54 am   Subject: Do followers poke through the eco floor?
Hi all, a quick question. Without an eco floor, the followers touch the wood/mesh, but do you need longer followers for an eco floor? i.e. do the followers need to poke all the way through the stuff y ...
  Topic: Apiary location (aka where do bees fly?)
joshrobs

Replies: 1
Views: 2684

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:20 am   Subject: Apiary location (aka where do bees fly?)
I'm totally new to beekeeping, but I recently learned about natural beekeeping and the black bee project so now I'm (slowly!) building a hTBH and looking for somewhere to put it.

I live in a steep ...
 
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