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Re: Split hives, dead drones and mating flights Oh Dear - maybe the album will sort of fix itself?!? Anyway - I did a picture search on the web ' picture of drone after mating' and came across an image that
Philip Saunders
23:24
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Re: Very Bad Beekeeper I want to also suggest the SUPER idea that Andy suggested. MY idea here is that you will get some clean cut-comb honey eventually, or whatever the correct term
billsf9c
14:48
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Re: Split hives, dead drones and mating flights Philip wrote: "A very few are what I presume to be immasculated after mating – photos in ‘Roof Apiary’ album." I seem to be locked out of that album. I
David Heaf
14:27
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Re: Very Bad Beekeeper From my observation - putting a box on a top of the hive will keep young bees busy and prevent the swarming. Last season not one of my warre hives build any
greenbot777
14:10
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Re: Juniper vs. Varroa Mites Clyde wrote: "A local beekeeper here in Central Oregon says that Varroa Mites dislike Western Juniper and suggests Juniper shavings or sawdust placed in the
David Heaf
13:57
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Re: Pioneering Method to reduce varroa pressure: any experience? Ben wrote: "Has anybody experience with the pioneering method Warré describes in his book (p94)?" I never tried it because of the brood destruction inherent
David Heaf
13:27
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Re: Very Bad Beekeeper Alison wrote: "So I guess the questions are.... will they keep on sending out casts as they have no more space to grow? Will they eventually leave this space
David Heaf
13:27
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Split hives, dead drones and mating flights Advice please. I relocated and split a four box Warré to a new apiary 3 days ago. For logistical reasons (weight!) the hive was split into two x two box
philiprsaunders
12:03
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Re: Juniper vs. Varroa Mites Bugs do not like Juniper. Bees are bugs. Adding Juniper adds a stressor. I sometimes use Juniper for a hive stand, but not as part of the hive system. -Bill
billrwood
11:07
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Re: Very Bad Beekeeper Hi Alison, Nice to see you posting again! Doesn't sound like bad beekeeping to me - colony thriving and producing lots of honey. But it must be frustrating
uncollandy
11:03
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Re: combe Sue H wrote: "I have inspection windows and they have been a joy to watch when I check them out. You can see all the activity, albeit only on one aspect of the
David Heaf
10:54
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Re: combe Glyn wrote: "problem is they have gone in a zig zag across seven top bars " Were there starter-strips on the bars? If not, that would account for it. However,
David Heaf
10:54
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Pioneering Method to reduce varroa pressure: any experience? Has anybody experience with the pioneering method Warré describes in his book (p94)? It's of course a big disturbance in the Bee's life, but I wonder whether
beek999
10:40
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Juniper vs. Varroa Mites A local beekeeper here in Central Oregon says that Varroa Mites dislike Western Juniper and suggests Juniper shavings or sawdust placed in the quilt box of a
leadrcd
09:32
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Re: Set me straight - paint One gallon of pure raw tung oil is enough for application of 3 coats to eighty (80) Warré bee boxes when mixed properly with either D-Limonene or turpentine.
billrwood
08:53
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Re: combe I also had this with one of my hive boxes last year. I know it might be a pain to harvest,and suspect I will probably take the whole box, once I know they have
susan harding
08:53
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combe Hi David two weeks ago I added another box which makes it up to three now so I opend it up today to see how they were doing surprised to see so much comb but
donk5153
07:14
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Re: Very Bad Beekeeper In my experience they could send out at least 2 casts at 5 day (or so) intervals after the prime swarm. Happened to me last year whilst I was on a two week
Philip Saunders
04:48
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Very Bad Beekeeper Ok I'm 'fessin up' here - I must be the worst beekeeper alive. Completely non-interventionist I might say on a good day. It goes like this.... Last Spring I
mielpop
03:57
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Re: swarm no swarm Mark wrote: "Still no activity in the super though, wondering about removing the queen excluder to allow all the bees to move up. I realise that the queen
David Heaf
23 Apr
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Re: Set me straight - paint David, ... Indeed I do - 'rust'  Must try and post some pictures as the hives were relocated onto my 'roof apiary' a couple of days ago. Philip
Philip Saunders
23 Apr
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Re: swarm no swarm Thanks for the views and yes I think it was either a mass orientation flight or they wanted to cool off and reduce numbers in the hive while it was warmer. I
mark1955uk
23 Apr
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Re: Set me straight - paint Philip wrote: "Dissolve as much beeswax as 1l of turps will hold on a cold day and still remain liquid (this may well take a few days). Mix with equal volume
David Heaf
23 Apr
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Re: Set me straight - paint My recipe - which is probably no better than most, will offend some, but does turn the boxes a pleasing brick red which makes for reasonable 'camoflage' when
Philip Saunders
23 Apr
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Re: Set me straight - paint Heather wrote: "How about just a good coating of tung oil? " Yes, that was recommended here some years ago as being superior to raw linseed oil. I'm not sure
David Heaf
23 Apr
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Re: Set me straight - paint How about just a good coating of tung oil? That's what I've done with my cedar warres. Makes them water resistant but not a complete moisture barrier....
Heather Pieros
23 Apr
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barriers round apiaries reduce stings This paper looks in more detail at what many urban beeks have long since been practising. "Sting rate was measured by recording the number of stings to the
David Heaf
22 Apr
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Re: Set me straight - paint Matthew wrote: "On the other hand, are we primarily trying to GET the moisture out, or KEEP the moisture out?" I'd say both. Mattew: "I've always thought that
David Heaf
22 Apr
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Re: swarm no swarm Sue H wrote: "I have looked into some of my books and apparently they do this when the hive needs more ventilation on hot days?" Yes, though I've noticed it
David Heaf
22 Apr
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Re: Set me straight - paint I don't have an answer but a follow on thought as well. What about hot wax dipping? Provides similar as painting but gets in the pores. I'm with Matt,
Matt Fearnow
22 Apr
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