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  1. Thread: SBH in Europe

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    Re: You can't get rid of beetles by destroying hives...

    In the UK we had a problem with introduced Coypu which a are in no way native to the British Isles and were causing havoc just a few miles away. After several years and some expense, they were...
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    Re: Survey for causes of CCD

    Jasson,
    Your question implies that we have CCD in the UK - a myth peddled by some who would like there to be CCD here and then blame the large agricultural chemical producers. In fact we don't have...
  3. Thread: SBH in Europe

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    Re: SBH in Europe

    My thought go out to the beekeepers in Italy who have lost their colonies and possibly their livelihoods as a result.
  4. Thread: SBH in Europe

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    Re: SBH in Europe

    Hi MBC, Agreed. The Italians are at least trying to elliminate SHB and I wish them sucess, although it's fair to say they are unlikley to suceed. They might slow down the speed of infestation. Eire...
  5. Thread: SBH in Europe

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    Re: SBH in Europe

    Many UK beekeepers think that imports of queens and packages should be banned to reduce the chance of bringing SHB to our islands. The main organisations and authorities seem to be sitting on the...
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    Re: Dead bees - what can I learn from them?

    If one hive has a higher amount of dead inside the hive or on the grass outside, that may be an indication of nosema. However as you point out, bees die all the time and I leave well alone over...
  7. Re: Eye witness to colony collapse: Bee-farmer loses 2,000 hives in one month

    It would be nice to see some facts rather than the conjecture and wishful thinking that was in the op. if so many colonies died, any sensible bee farmer would want to know why. I would have thought...
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    Re: Lost all three hives. Diagnosis help needed!

    I'm sorry to learn of your loss.

    If you saw varroa in drone brood in the summer, then there's a good chance that varroa is the cause. As the season goes into fall, bee numbers reduces and varroa...
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    Re: Live Bees Visiting Dead Hive

    Dead hives should be closed up so they are not robbed. If they died of varroa, then maybe the combs are safe to re use. If you don't know why the colony died, then the combs should not be re used....
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    Re: Treatment Thresholds

    For Varroa I know my hives have varroa therefore I treat with thymol in late summer/fall when the honey supers have been removed. As slide-in boards need to go in for thymol treatment, I naturally...
  11. Thread: When to split?

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    Re: When to split?

    When there are drones flying of course which will usually mean there are plenty of bees.

    If you see queencells then that's a good time too!
  12. Re: getting the bees to fly up instead of straight out

    A friend has a 6 foot high fence about 3 feet from the front of two hives. Bees are fine, they just fly over the heads of everyone. Neighbours are happy too. Happy neighbours means happy beekeepers!
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    Re: declining hive, can I save it.

    Your declining hive is throwing out larvae and eggs. Maybe these are drones as the workers don't want to grow drones - this might indicate a drone laying queen - perhaps one that didn't mate?


    As...
  14. Thread: Brood In Winter

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    Re: Brood In Winter

    In my part of the world I expect that my bees will start to rear brood a few weeks after the shortest day.

    You have to ask yourself why you are inspecting and if there is any benefit to it. I've...
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    Re: Treating packaged bees

    Ask your supplier if the bees have been treated with anything. A reputable supplier will answer any questions you have and give advice if any is needed. :)
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    Re: tilting hives with screened bottom boards?

    seal62.
    This is what I do and it works for me.

    http://www.norfolkbee.co.uk/beekeepers-resource/winter-preparation

    Note that a UK "National" hive is smaller than a Langstroth - the frames are...
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    Re: "they are at the top"=out of feed?

    In many cases in the autumn as bees are fed they move downwards as they add more stores above the brood area which is why bees may be found at the bottom of the hive in fall and then they'll move...
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    Re: "they are at the top"=out of feed?

    If the hive is light, my vote would be to feed fondant/candy at the top.

    I would be concerned about feeding the deadout stores unless you are certain that you know why the colony died and that...
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    Re: tilting hives with screened bottom boards?

    With a screened bottom board, there's no need to tilt. If you have condensation in the hive, consider where the condensation is coming from. If it coming from the inner cover it's because that's the...
  20. Thread: Feed honey?

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    Re: Feed honey?

    Why feed honey when it's more valuable than sugar syrup. Also it may contain disease which is harmless to humans but is harmful to bees. Heating (pasturising) will increase HMF which is harmful to...
  21. Thread: nucs vs dd hive

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    Re: nucs vs dd hive

    Your smaller nuc may have just warmed up in the sun quicker than the bigger boxes. Sometimes you think a colony must be dead as they haven't done anything in ages and then the next day that are...
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    Re: What to do with small clusters

    I leave my bees alone over winter until the weather is getting to around 14 Centigrade. A small colony could then go into a small polystyrene hive at that time which will allow it to grow more...
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    Re: Undecided about hive top ventilation for winter

    I guess your weather isn't too different from what we get here in the UK.
    With an open mesh floor the bees will get plenty of ventillation so this is what I and many UK beekeepers do. condensation...
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus

    DWV is associated with varroa so treat the varroa would be my advice. A thymol treatment would be what we would use in the UK. Oxalic Acid is used during broodless periods. Thymol treatments will...
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    Re: Please help! Queen concerns!

    There's a difference between queen cups and queen cells which you SHOULD know! :)
    In simple terms, queen cups are small acorn shaped wax cups -sometimes called play cups (here in the UK anyway). It...
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