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  Topic: Spring build up
maskerade

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:52 pm   Subject: Spring build up
Thanks for the useful tip Rob, I came across this last midsummer and it did indeed speed things up a lot.. It's pretty cold here still though so I wouldn't want it open for more than a few mins which ...
  Topic: Spring build up
maskerade

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:46 pm   Subject: Spring build up
Hello fellow bee tenders,

I have been watching my bees every so often through my window over the winter and watching the space they take up. The window is such a great addition to the top bar hive! ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
maskerade

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:45 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Your welcome Howie, Do a powdered sugar roll first so you can get an idea of numbers, then decide from there Smile
  Topic: Entrance quandary
maskerade

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:34 pm   Subject: Entrance quandary
It sounds unbelievable I know, but I have been drilling / modding my hive all summer and the bees could not give a toss. Last time I drilled a 1" hole into the center of the hive ( through 2" ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
maskerade

Replies: 42
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:10 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Hey, the method is adapted from this video , so follow instructions for making and application.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALHz4B1vqKo

The trick is to have a 1" pipe or adapter to fit ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
maskerade

Replies: 42
Views: 67840

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:02 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Thanks for posting the vid Howie, It is actually me who made it ( primarily to show how the bees react to OAV)

Happy to share the particulars to anyone who wants to give it a go, it cost next to no ...
  Topic: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"
maskerade

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:10 am   Subject: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"
That is very nice to hear Gareth ! Wink
  Topic: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"
maskerade

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:04 pm   Subject: "Bumblebees infected by honey bee diseases"
BBC Inside Science had a large section on this too. You can find it on iTunes Podcasts, 20th Feb episode, ( just caught up with it today in the garden!)

They also state that we have lost ALL wild b ...
 
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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