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  Topic: After swarm?
mbc

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:56 am   Subject: After swarm?
Thank you Barbara.
I learned something. Young bees doing orientation flights.
As I watch them, and their pattern of movement, that makes perfect sense.
Obviously a sign of a healthy hive, so no ext ...
  Topic: After swarm?
mbc

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:15 am   Subject: After swarm?
Hi Barbara,
thanks for your very informative post.

I 'jumped the gun' on my bees swarming.
Before i posted, there was a large rolling cluster of bees in a shrub about 15m from the front of the hi ...
  Topic: After swarm?
mbc

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:39 pm   Subject: After swarm?
Thanks for your reply, ingo50.

The entrance is in the middle.
The hive is built to Phil Chandler's design with 3 circular holes.
When full there's serious 'traffic jam' though so I've thought I m ...
  Topic: After swarm?
mbc

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:29 am   Subject: After swarm?
After swarming there's many fewer bees in the hive.
Can I remove a bar or two?
Hive has become very full - only half a bar spare space at each end of hive,
making it awkward to work.
If so, which ...
  Topic: umm?
mbc

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:34 pm   Subject: umm?
Many thanks,
you've all been very helpful
  Topic: umm?
mbc

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:30 am   Subject: umm?
thanks rmcpb & trekmate,

I'd entered through the honeycomb end the previous few times and the comb was very soft and I'd eased it back onto its original bar.
Next time I looked, it was again ...
  Topic: umm?
mbc

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:05 am   Subject: umm?
thanks for your replies zaunreiter & rmcpb.

I only open the hive if it's sunny and warmish - 20C or warmer - and late morning/early afternoon.
Also, I do use smoke before I open. Some at the ...
  Topic: umm?
mbc

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:25 am   Subject: umm?
Last opened our HTBH before Christmas, did so again a few days ago.
Doesn't matter how I open (Brood end or honey), they are very agro.

As I hadn't checked brood for a while, I started at brood en ...
  Topic: Bee Sting
mbc

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:00 am   Subject: Bee Sting
well, 2 weeks on and not yet swarmed.
we've had a period of cool, occasionally wet, weather.
but Friday 26c & sunny/Saturday 32c & sunny/Sunday 29c part sun&cloud.

fully expecting the ...
  Topic: Bee Sting
mbc

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:17 pm   Subject: Bee Sting
Barbara, you are brilliant!
I just looked at info here about a Russian Scion.

Where I was standing when stung is next to a partially completed structure.
It will eventually be a single room earth ...
  Topic: Bee Sting
mbc

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:49 pm   Subject: Bee Sting
Wow, 5 stings to the face Barbara. Not pleasant!!

I'm still in the very early stages of learning to read bee behaviour.
I've now learnt there's a time to stay away (unless wearing protection).

...
  Topic: Bee Sting
mbc

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:22 pm   Subject: Bee Sting
My 1st bee sting.
New hive going well, been watching from outside & occassional openings.
As mentioned on a previous post, large initial swarm & lots of activity (they've filled the hTBH. I ...
  Topic: New Swarm
mbc

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:36 am   Subject: New Swarm
Thanks Barbara, great info.
Also, rmcpb - appreciate a more local perspective.

I'm dis-inclined to interfere with the hive simply due to lack of knowledge.
But the first swarm we received, a coup ...
  Topic: New Swarm
mbc

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:21 am   Subject: New Swarm
Thanks CeeBee.

Excuse my ignorance please, but will some combs be just honey
and other combs just brood?
They all looked quite similar to me (and covered in bees), so how do I tell them apart?
...
  Topic: New Swarm
mbc

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:42 pm   Subject: New Swarm
Collected a swarm (first time Very Happy )

Very big swarm too, filling the hTBH quickly (4 Weeks - almost full!)
Had first real look last week (as I've never opened a hive before, somewhat tentative)
Be ...
 
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