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  Topic: Half foundations in Nationals
lord tedric

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:45 pm   Subject: Half foundations in Nationals
Just transferred some top bars to a traditional hive (long story) had to chop the comb and secure with elastic bands, the rest of the frames have been given a 1 inch starter strip, they seem to be get ...
  Topic: Which varroa treatment???
lord tedric

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:51 pm   Subject: Which varroa treatment???
Never 'treated' mine one hive used to get sugar dusted regularly but it never did much to stop varroa and this year they are getting left to see if they survive. The other hives seem fine.
  Topic: Dealing with Cast Swarms
lord tedric

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 4:19 pm   Subject: Dealing with Cast Swarms
Just housed a cast for a local garden project, currently I'm feeding as the weather has been awful, they do seem slow to build comb, but the queen has probably not had a chance to mate so this may hav ...
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
lord tedric

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:03 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
Not something I'd consider, especially having seen the way some traditionally hived bee's avoid the wire in the foundation sheet, strange to see a neat 'w' thru brood.

  Topic: Lots of drone brood.
lord tedric

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:03 pm   Subject: Lots of drone brood.
I thoroughly agree I have a 'traditional' bee keeper about 100 yards away his first comment when he realised I kept bee's naturally was him worrying about his bee's catching something.

As you poin ...
  Topic: Lots of drone brood.
lord tedric

Replies: 5
Views: 15120

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:00 pm   Subject: Lots of drone brood.
Yes I have the exact same questions asked when discussing bee's with non bee keepers.

Drone is an interesting one with regard to the varroa, I'm only going off the observations of my own hives, non ...
  Topic: Lots of drone brood.
lord tedric

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Views: 15120

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:44 pm   Subject: Lots of drone brood.
Having finally gotten a break in the weather I decided today would be a good time for a first inspection of the season.

The bees had been coming and going happily for a while so I knew nothing was ...
  Topic: Learning Curve versus Growth Curve
lord tedric

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:59 pm   Subject: Learning Curve versus Growth Curve
Just to throw in another spanner, my rather more native bees (darker and smaller) got very techy when the OSR ended, where as the very obvious italian hybrids hives seemed more easily irritated during ...
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

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