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  1. Bearding late in the season - too many bees or just the weather?

    Hi. Sorry if this is trivial but its not usual to see heavy bearding in the UK. So I found several hundred bees clustered beneath my TBH today. Temps have been mid 60's, humidity 95%, so perhaps its...
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    Re: South African hives

    Amazing info SlowDrone.. Just wondering if this hybrid issue is something we see in other races too. people often say buckfasts and other purebreds get hot if superseded/ swarmed and open mated...
  3. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    I don't think anyone "wants" to treat ... I only have 1 hive and I really want more splits from them in the spring so anything to help their chances. I counted 8 mites and used OAV. If you are ok...
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    Re: South African hives

    Hey Gary, I finally caught up with her but it was not as useful as I hoped. She was located in the mountains in the north where they did not have cape bees or hybrids so they were probably quite...
  5. Re: DIY Oxalic acid treatment viewed through a TBH window

    I had a look inside today and could not find any issues, so far so good. In fact very good (but a little light on honey). I will do a sugar roll next time to get a more accurate idea of its...
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    Re: September Hive Check

    Hey, I enjoyed your Blog and bee photos, looks like a fun adventure for you! I'm new this year too so take what I say with a pinch of salt, I'm sure a pro will be along shortly ;)

    Your hive is...
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    Re: South African hives

    I recently took on a gardening job for an elderly lady who spent much of her life in south Africa ( or Rhodesia as she called it). We got to talking about her bees - a big reason why I accepted the...
  8. Re: DIY Oxalic acid treatment viewed through a TBH window

    Stingy I've not seen any bees being hauled out yet and these lot are usually very quick and effective undertakers. Also you can see them crawl back up towards the end of the video. A bit hard to see...
  9. Re: DIY Oxalic acid treatment viewed through a TBH window

    Glad you found it interesting guys. Go right ahead and share Oldtimer :)
  10. DIY Oxalic acid treatment viewed through a TBH window

    Here is video of me treating my TBH with a homemade vaporiser (metal tube + torch). I drilled a 1inch hole below the observation window and found some pipe to fit from the local hardware store. 2g of...
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    Re: Moving TBH inside for the winter

    Personally I would add extra insulation to the hive rather than move it. Too risky to move, and heavy! Look up "Russian long hive " for over wintering horizontal hives in harsh climates. They stuffed...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    I'm no expert but sounds much more like man-made chemicals.. besides I think people would have reported back about similar problems after sugar dusting by now. It has been used a great deal.

    Your...
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    Re: Drones got the boot!

    My Drones were getting it last weekend, with workers literally glued to their sides, ouch! Did not see many at all this weekend but then came across a drone comb with what looked like fresh eggs ?!...
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    Re: varroa lifespan

    Did not realise that Slow Drone but nice one! You are a dark horse or should I say bee ;) I hope to achieve that someday too... Not sure I have any suggestions to experiment with, I am more of a 'if...
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    Re: varroa lifespan

    I feel your pain Estreya, I'm in a similar boat too but with only 1 hive with an awesome queen..
    Slow Drone, have you any experience with the oxalic acid vaporizer treatment during winter? Its one...
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    Re: Crackling noise

    Likely to be comb building. Nectar flow or feed has stimulated them to get creative!
    ( heard it too in my new hive earlier in april)
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    Re: late summer inspection with pictures

    Cheers for your ideas burns, everything is 4-6 weeks ahead this year due to the best growing season in over a decade so we are probably not hugely far off normally :O

    Perhaps I need to account...
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    Re: late summer inspection with pictures

    Haha good one, she is certainly runny enough! You got me thinking though, Norfolk is known for its black turkey. From now on when people ask me what race these bees are, I will call them norfolk...
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    late summer inspection with pictures

    Got some pics to share of my latest check.. hoping all is looking healthy to your expert eyes? :D

    To me, they seem a bit crowded as there are very few empty cells but giving them more bars feels...
  20. Re: Signs of Robbing (through an observation window) with video

    Interesting Buzz... will keep it in mind :) Pretty sure its not the case with this one as I have observed this happening now and again throughout the summer and no queen cells or even cups in site...
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    Re: Sugar rush! ! !

    The stuff dreams are made of!
    congrats :)
  22. Re: Signs of Robbing (through an observation window) with video

    Cheers for your answers, much appreciated.. so we are looking at some casual looting rather than bee-mageddon! I closed down the entrance again and rubbed loads of "vicks" on the cracks that the bees...
  23. Re: Signs of Robbing (through an observation window) with video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boWUkBBJuA8
  24. Signs of Robbing (through an observation window) with video

    Just wondering if it is true that if you see fast moving bees running around inside that they are likely to be robbers? This is a short video of through the window that shows a few "runners" and also...
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    Re: Top bar inspection!!! Pics included!

    well taken! :thumbsup:

    love the top bar design too.. and what type of wood is that?
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