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  Topic: Winter feeding for top bar hives
kathyd

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:02 pm   Subject: Winter feeding for top bar hives
Thanks both Smile.

Barbara - they raised a new queen quite recently so I'm hoping she'll continue to lay for a while to raise enough bees to overwinter.. We've been feeding about 1pt of 2:1 syrup eve ...
  Topic: Winter feeding for top bar hives
kathyd

Replies: 6
Views: 11162

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:33 pm   Subject: Winter feeding for top bar hives
Thanks jumbleoak - I understand about how to make the holes in the top bars, but I'm not clear on the next bit, sorry... Our horizontal top bar hive has entrance holes at the bottom of the long side. ...
  Topic: Winter feeding for top bar hives
kathyd

Replies: 6
Views: 11162

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:29 am   Subject: Winter feeding for top bar hives
Hi. First year beekeeper, so please excuse if I'm repeating a question that's been asked hundreds of times already... I've read in various places that bees don't move horizontally to access feed in t ...
  Topic: Robbing while harvesting honey
kathyd

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:22 am   Subject: Robbing while harvesting honey
I might be wrong about this (only had bees since end of April this year), but I'm sure I've read that bees usually place honey in an arc around the top part of a brood frame so they've got stores near ...
  Topic: Starving bees
kathyd

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:14 am   Subject: Starving bees
I realise this has now been sorted, but can I make a suggestion which may help in the future? We've also had to 'chop and crop' frames coming from standard hives to fit them into our top bar hive wh ...
  Topic: hundreds of dead bees under hive
kathyd

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:48 pm   Subject: hundreds of dead bees under hive
That's a good idea ingo50, thanks Smile. I don't think there are any associations around here, it's not really like the UK, but I'm trying to network a bit and meet other beekeepers. In fact a friend o ...
  Topic: hundreds of dead bees under hive
kathyd

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:11 pm   Subject: hundreds of dead bees under hive
Broadwell - I might ask him if he'd mind spraying as late as possible in the evening after the bees have gone to bed - this'd be in line with what french farmers are supposed to do I think. Not sure ...
  Topic: hundreds of dead bees under hive
kathyd

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:53 am   Subject: hundreds of dead bees under hive
Hi Broadwell, thanks for your reply. I must admit OH wondered the same thing about a 'normal' state of affairs. He said today he thought there were 2-300 bees, I thought more, but then I have no sens ...
  Topic: hundreds of dead bees under hive
kathyd

Replies: 9
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:49 am   Subject: hundreds of dead bees under hive
Hi Ingo50, thanks for your reply. I posted a similar query on the BBKA FB site too, and the general consensus of opinion seems to be poisoning, or possibly starvation. Although wasps were also mentio ...
  Topic: hundreds of dead bees under hive
kathyd

Replies: 9
Views: 14360

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:28 am   Subject: hundreds of dead bees under hive
Sorry if this is a repeat of the previous question, but as a newbie I don't know if the cause is the same or not.. In brief:

First time beekeeper. Bought bees about 2 months ago. Using top bar hiv ...
 
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