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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
11:37
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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
10:06
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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
06:33
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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
04:46
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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
03:35
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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
02:04
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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
13:53
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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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Set me straight - paint I need help. My knowledge is incomplete. Issues of wood longevity and the use of paint near living creatures set aside, I have questions in regards to moisture
Matthew Groves
22 Apr
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Re: swarm no swarm I had a similar experience yesterday with one of my hives from a swarm last year.  They have been going great guns over the past few weeks and have already
susan harding
22 Apr
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Re: Bait hives and wasps Andy wrote: "Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.waspinator.co.uk/ " Seems an expensive remedy for what is not a serious problem, at least not in my
David Heaf
22 Apr
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Re: harvesting from a Japanese style hive ... Regards, Andy I think I remember that .009 was too thin, but 018 was ok? US foljks have 40 lb monofilament as a common option. We need pennies' wprth but
billsf9c
22 Apr
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Re: warrebeekeeping The bees in my one and only hive did a swarm, no swarm and then eventually swarm maneuver. Good thing they decided to land on a bush about 40 ft away so all I
yolandaackerman
21 Apr
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Re: Bait hives and wasps I tried these a couple of years ago, really they are just grey bags that you stuff with poly bags.  Wasps kept their distance for a week or so then returned
Elizabeth Maxwell
21 Apr
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Re: swarm no swarm Mark wrote: "... the air suddenly filled with bees and a lot of noise." Given the history of the colony, it sounds like a mass orientation flight. It would
David Heaf
21 Apr
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swarm no swarm I arrived home about 12.00 to be greeted by a neighbour who asked if I had a spare box to take away the bees they had been sitting in their garden which has a
mark1955uk
21 Apr
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Re: Bait hives and wasps Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.waspinator.co.uk/ http://www.waspinator.co.uk/ Regards, Andy
uncollandy
21 Apr
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Re: harvesting from a Japanese style hive David wrote: The high tensile steel of piano wire would make it harder to kink. I don't think this is really what you mean. Kinking in our situation is usually
Matthew Groves
21 Apr
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Re: harvesting from a Japanese style hive Bill W wrote: " ...I use a thin stainless steel wire or a fine stainless steel woven cable with a handle on each end. ....I do not encountered splits, tangles,
David Heaf
21 Apr
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Re: harvesting from a Japanese style hive I have managed a number of Japanese style beehives for many years. I separate the boxes the same as I do my Warré hive boxes. As many other beekeepers have
billrwood
21 Apr
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Re: harvesting from a Japanese style hive Andy wrote: "Some good extra tips, particularly about leaving a free end and not using wire." Hive frame wire tends to kink unless kept carefully wrapped round
David Heaf
21 Apr
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Re: Bait hives and wasps David wrote: "There's no other option but to keep watch and destroy the primordial nest and queen once she's gone in. Personally I am more benign in my
Phil
20 Apr
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Re: harvesting from a Japanese style hive Yes thanks for this. Some good extra tips, particularly about leaving a free end and not using wire. When (if) I get a hive to this point I hope to use a
uncollandy
20 Apr
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Re: harvesting from a Japanese style hive With the issue of freeing boxes with chesewire coming up again, Andrew J told me off list that he has improved his method that I reported at
David Heaf
20 Apr
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Re: Bait hives and wasps Tony wrote: "I note wasps very active in seeking nesting sites today." Yes, and I'm seeing queens here and thare scraping weathered wood off fences and
David Heaf
20 Apr
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Re: Two swarms one bush Thank you David, I have an old plastic queen excluder from a Dadant that I could cut down to size. It seems thick enough if I put it on top of the mesh. My
bilrhonealpes
20 Apr
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Re: mass gathering of bees Glyn wrote: "I re hived them july last year and they have only filled one box and just started to build combe in second box do you think queen might not be
Phil
19 Apr
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Bait hives and wasps Last year I found a wasp nest in one of my Warre style bait hives. Please see pics in my 'Tony H Oddments' photo album if interested. (apologies for the two
photohodge1
19 Apr
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