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  Topic: trap out question
mark.b

Replies: 6
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:40 pm   Subject: trap out question
Trap out in progress, was checking the cone everyday for the first week. After week one checked inside the nuc and had a look at the frame of brood looked like there was a queen cell in progress. Afte ...
  Topic: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
mark.b

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Views: 12778

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:01 pm   Subject: Harvest honey now or in the Spring?
Hi
In a similar position with the 14 x 12 national brood box and I had 3 shallow supers on fitted a clearer board and left it on for 48 hours then removed the super only a few bees in the super so ve ...
  Topic: open mesh floor and ants
mark.b

Replies: 8
Views: 14510

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:48 pm   Subject: open mesh floor and ants
Hi Colin

Thanks for another view on mesh floors, that's 2 closed and 1 open.

I agree warm air holds more moisture.

warm air rises, heat travels to cold, water vapour goes to the coldest point ...
  Topic: open mesh floor and ants
mark.b

Replies: 8
Views: 14510

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:06 pm   Subject: open mesh floor and ants
I don't know myself as this is the first one I have used but they have advantages in that the bottom board can be cleaned easily slide it out scrape the muck off and slide it back the bees stay the hi ...
  Topic: trap out question
mark.b

Replies: 6
Views: 9480

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:21 pm   Subject: trap out question
Hi Barbara

Thanks for the reply. I need to get the bees out and I was thinking that seeing as it has only just moved in (about a week) then it would be easier to get them out as they would have no ...
  Topic: trap out question
mark.b

Replies: 6
Views: 9480

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:25 am   Subject: trap out question
Hi

going to try and trap out a swarm that has moved into a brick wall I intend to mount a 5 frame nuc box near the entrance and then fit a mesh cone escape over the hole this should stop them going ...
  Topic: open mesh floor and ants
mark.b

Replies: 8
Views: 14510

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:57 pm   Subject: open mesh floor and ants
Hi

I have been keeping bees for a couple of years (treatment free) tried warres but not been to successful with the honey harvest but managed to increase the bee population with a few swarms. Anywa ...
  Topic: Making a Long Hive - no plans required.
mark.b

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:08 pm   Subject: long hive in use
Hi Colin

Yes it does look quite big but I think it will be ok. David Heaf of the warre group is also doing a similar sort of thing don't know if you are a member of the group but he does a web site ...
  Topic: Making a Long Hive - no plans required.
mark.b

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Views: 51349

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:19 pm   Subject: long hive
Hi Colin

some pictures of my attempt at a long hive it uses 14 x 12 national frames but I need to shorten the lugs slightly. I am not planning on a crown board but going to have a top cloth and sha ...
 
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