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  Topic: Partitioning a Perone Hive
mrcadman

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 9:21 pm   Subject: Partitioning a Perone Hive
I have found that placing a colony on standard frames with brood and stores from a nuc will stop them absconding. The bees are still in situ after 18 months. Will be opening for first time in Septembe ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project
mrcadman

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Views: 309126

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:39 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
Behaviour is just not governed by gene/breed but also by environment.

I had a colony of 'black bees' - no doubt some European natural cross breed (or Heinz 57 variety!). Totally unmanageable - over ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project
mrcadman

Replies: 146
Views: 309126

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:17 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
Just to put the cat amongst the pigeons.....

Am I missing something here? Surely, as natural bee keepers, we should not be trying to manipulate the gene pool.

I do not understand how you can cho ...
  Topic: Solarbeez blogpost
mrcadman

Replies: 10
Views: 24544

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:59 pm   Subject: Solarbeez blogpost
The "Perone's are too big" hypothesis is just that - a hypothesis.

Having read the research and applied information out there re Perones, we know they do work - at least in South America. ...
  Topic: Solarbeez blogpost
mrcadman

Replies: 10
Views: 24544

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:28 pm   Subject: Solarbeez blogpost
Interesting well documented history. My Perone hive still active here in Northern France. If they survive, will be opening in August to inspect (honey crop??!!) - have not opened since early 2014 when ...
  Topic: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
mrcadman

Replies: 25
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:05 pm   Subject: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
No, there is still a Mk2 over here in France! It was mentioned in another thread. Transfer from a nuc early this year (did not expect them to survive the winter). Not a swarm as recommended but being ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
mrcadman

Replies: 57
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:54 pm   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Have a nuc that survived the winter full of aggressive bees - could not do anything with them. Took the opportunity to do a quick transfer to the Perone hive last week, fastening the frames with zip ...
  Topic: Anybody succeeded with this design?
mrcadman

Replies: 16
Views: 36880

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:35 am   Subject: Anybody succeeded with this design?
Built Mk11 last year but swarm absconded. Just a theory but suspect northern hemisphere bees don't like large spaces- initially at least! This year propose to place bees in 'upper' chamber where there ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
mrcadman

Replies: 57
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:23 pm   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Visited the Perone a day after installing and all seemed OK with good density of flights.

Went down today to find all absconded!

Did leave some old comb, sugar syrup and candy to make them feel ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
mrcadman

Replies: 57
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:15 pm   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Smoked out swarm put into Perone this morning. All bees very calm and formed an orderly queue to 'move in'.

Hive seemed to be very well accepted. Will watch with interest and post any relevant upda ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
mrcadman

Replies: 57
Views: 107534

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:48 pm   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Picked up a swarm today which had been smoked out of a chimney. Decided to swarm to the nearest tree and settle about 20 feet up!!

Owner was going to cut back tree anyway since it was touching roof ...
  Topic: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
mrcadman

Replies: 57
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:11 pm   Subject: Fuzzy Bear Perone MK2 Hive
Glad to see success to date out there!!!

Still no luck over here in France re swarms - am even tempted to hang five frames from a nuc to get the Perone off but realise this is not the perfect solut ...
  Topic: Anybody succeeded with this design?
mrcadman

Replies: 16
Views: 36880

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 10:11 pm   Subject: Anybody succeeded with this design?
As Andy stated - it's a wait and see exercise. My Mk2 is ready in Central Brittany, France (baited and lured) or for a swarm collection exercise.

If I have any luck with a swarm, will video and pos ...
 
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