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  Topic: Overcrowding
rakeman

Replies: 12
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:01 am   Subject: Overcrowding
Yes, I do have ventilation but the overcrowding has finished. They may have swarmed. Many thanks
  Topic: Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk
rakeman

Replies: 3
Views: 7427

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 12:12 pm   Subject: Feisty bees need new home in Norfolk
Just been stung by a bee in the garden . Last year my first colony (a very docile and easy to mange colony) swarmed and I managed to retrieve them and put the in a new TBH. It appears that they are no ...
  Topic: Overcrowding
rakeman

Replies: 12
Views: 11623

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:56 pm   Subject: Overcrowding
Thanks for that advice Lance. I'll get a copy.

Best wishes. David
  Topic: Overcrowding
rakeman

Replies: 12
Views: 11623

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:11 pm   Subject: Overcrowding
Thank you Barbara. I'll follow your advice. I did take a comb of honey this week and another collapsed to the bottom of the hive as I removed it. I observed the bees frantically scooping up the honey ...
  Topic: Overcrowding
rakeman

Replies: 12
Views: 11623

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:15 am   Subject: Overcrowding
I have a problem with overcrowding in my TBH. The bees have been 'clumping underneath the hive and on the face with the entrance holes. I thought they might be about to swarm but they have stayed put ...
  Topic: Swarm Absconding - Sort of!
rakeman

Replies: 2
Views: 5618

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 6:53 am   Subject: Swarm Absconding - Sort of!
I am having the same thing happen with bees apparently swarming below and in front of the Tbh. I put them in a hive close by and they all left and returned to the original hive. The first thing they d ...
  Topic: Top bar modification
rakeman

Replies: 4
Views: 9044

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:14 pm   Subject: Top bars
Interesting comments and taken on board. Thank you. I'll stick with narrower bars without the bevel. I've made a narrow, shallow groove for wax on the underside. Hopefully, next year a new colony will ...
  Topic: Top bar modification
rakeman

Replies: 4
Views: 9044

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:00 pm   Subject: Top bar modification
I've been thinking about making another TBH but modifying the top bars. Normally, 34-38mm wide, I intend using off-the-shelf 2"x1" (45mm x 20mm) and bevel the edges so that the top edges of ...
  Topic: Wasps…again
rakeman

Replies: 5
Views: 8011

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:58 pm   Subject: Wasps…again
Yes. Have closed third hole up and will close another when the agitation has died down. Seems quieter now. Thank you
  Topic: Wasps…again
rakeman

Replies: 5
Views: 8011

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:43 pm   Subject: Wasps…again
Hi. Seems our TB Hive is under attack from wasps. Lots of agitation in the bee colony and not much we can do to prevent the wasp onslaught….or is there? Any ideas please.

David
  Topic: Wasps
rakeman

Replies: 3
Views: 6516

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:34 am   Subject: Wasps
Corking the entrance holes seems to cause 'stacking' and bees held up getting in and out. Perhaps that's just bees when they're busy. Does seem to be a sense of urgency with the colony this morning. I ...
  Topic: Wasps
rakeman

Replies: 3
Views: 6516

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:45 am   Subject: wasps
Thank you for that advice. The bees seem extra active this morning and almost back to normal though they are sounding 'angrier'. I understand bees can handle wasps. Hopefully they're dealing with the ...
  Topic: Wasps
rakeman

Replies: 3
Views: 6516

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:07 pm   Subject: Wasps
We're concerned that our new colony of bees in a TBH is under attack from wasps. This evening, bees were blocking two of the entrance holes (one is blocked of with a wooden bung), and there seemed muc ...
  Topic: Combs sticking together
rakeman

Replies: 8
Views: 12063

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:16 am   Subject: Narrow Top Bars
Thank you Barbara for your comments. I've added two wider bars so hopefully this will diminish the problem.

East Harling is in Norfolk, U.K., between Diss and Thetford in the Brecks. I'll amend m ...
  Topic: Combs sticking together
rakeman

Replies: 8
Views: 12063

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:29 pm   Subject: Combs sticking together
Hi. We're new to bee caring. We tried to lift a top bar today and the combs are 'welded' together. It looks impossible to lift the bar without damaging the next comb. I made the bars at 1 1/4" wi ...
 
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