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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    thanks for the extra info :) The queen issue is something I worry about! mine is very hard to find too so I may have to shake the bees through a queen excluder which is another risk too. at least you...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    Rick that sounds very similar to what I intend to do this spring, if all goes well! Mind sharing what frames went into the nucs? also what resources were on each frame (if any)?
    Cheers :)
  3. Thread: Ivy honey

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    Re: Ivy honey

    Definitely an under rated honey IMO. Strong flavour with medicinal overtones and crystallises very quick so you need to harvest it before it is capped over and then cream it with a seed honey....
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    Re: Lost my first hive in 5 year

    Unlucky thebeemanuk, its unbelievable they would abscond at this time! any suspicions why? Not related, but mind sharing if your hives were totally broodless, Im waiting to do some OAV myself...
  5. Re: IWF film on Selection of honey bees for yield and behaviour

    Good watch ,very clear & methodical so thanks for posting :)

    although, as much as it makes sense, its a bit depressing that they say 100 breeder colonies from 1000 hives to get optimal results !
  6. Thread: pollen?

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    Re: pollen?

    This is a good one if you want a bit more detail..


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGfSfsAbiJM&index=32&list=PLLQ6Ut3t2AHVK5ni8AJau3NL4g4otCHkc
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    Re: top bar numbering?

    I didn't write numbers or letters as moving the bars around seems pretty important in tbh keeping, but I did write the month (+ year ) the comb was drawn and whether it is drone or worker cell...
  8. Re: Bee Behavior - Entrance Reducer & Robbing

    I recently read that robber bees can pass nectar too ( for example, from the inside of a crack in the hive to their allies outside of it!) Probably guard bees checking out the new arrivals though.
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    Re: creamed honey setting solid

    Most of my flows involve crystallising honey so creaming is something I'm having to get used to.. thanks for the info on moisture content, I harvested some English Ivy a few weeks ago and creamed it...
  10. Re: Virtual Hive Inspection Please? New TBH keeper.

    They look a little hungry, you want to see a nice capped honey arch of 1-2 inch on most combs plus some full combs of honey at the edges ideally. No idea of your weather though so I could be a bit...
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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Hello Matin! It dropped to 8.5C today over this side.. did not see any activity at the entrance at all , very sad :( what bees have you got in there ? locals ?
  12. Re: Any other causes of k wing besides mites and nosema???

    Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus is another possibility but you would likely see other symptoms too, Black bees etc.

    http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=275

    Also remember bee colonies...
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    Re: 1 bar observation hive

    Love it Txbeek! Such a beautifully simple idea... Making one for sure :)
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    Re: Bio-Control of Varroa

    Thanks for the ID :) Looking forward to try them out.

    Seeing them patrol the combs like that makes me wonder whether premature uncapping of brood from VSH bees could be related :D
    An observation...
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    Re: Bio-Control of Varroa

    3.50 - 3.55 gives a good close up for anyone that could give an ID.
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    Re: Bio-Control of Varroa

    Great video there OP.. You inspired me to upload a clip from the BBC show "Hive Alive", hopefully it wont get me in trouble! They showed a feral colony through an endoscope and you can quite clearly...
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    Re: Modified European Long Hives

    Wow thanks for posting these Boris, these are truly works of art as well as being very practical! I can immediately see they address a few issues Ive had with my TBH. Much more complex to make though...
  18. Re: Uncapped cells with underdeveloped pupa still inside

    Thanks for the replies, would it be worth retesting and looking at the mite count? I have read OAV courses can miss a lot of mites when there is a lot of brood and there was tons in here when I did...
  19. Re: Uncapped cells with underdeveloped pupa still inside

    I saw quite a bit of this on my last inspection so I did some searching but could not pin it down. Sometimes called bald brood and is usually attributed to wax moth (straight lines uncapped) or...
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    A few hundred miles south unfortunately or I would gladly oblige ( and cure you of your beginners luck !)... You should have lots to see though- and drink :) - so you shouldn't miss your bees too...
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    Enjoy it while it lasts... Your queens daughter queens may not be nearly as forgiving :P
  22. Re: Bearding late in the season - too many bees or just the weather?

    Thanks for your replies peeps, they were all in the hive this morning , whether that was the extra space I gave them or the sunnier and drier weather im not sure. Unfortunately they seem to have...
  23. 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...
  25. 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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