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About Angelmum21

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  1. Yes bees kept 15 yards from backdoor and I am very careful for that reason
  2. This is from the abstract which is from the International Journal of Biometeorology! Shows your hives are definitely along the right lines! This result for tree enclosures implies higher levels of humidity in the nest, increased survival of smaller colonies and lower Varroa destructor breeding success. Many honeybee behaviours previously thought to be intrinsic may only be a coping mechanism for human intervention; for example, at an MCR of above 2 kgW−1 K, clustering in a tree enclosure may be an optional, rare, heat conservation behaviour for established colonies, rather than the compulsory, frequent, life-saving behaviour that is in the hives in common use. The implied improved survival in hives with thermal properties of tree nests may help to solve some of the problems honeybees are currently facing in apiculture.
  3. Olly - have you seen the latest bit of research posted on the BBKA site which discusses the natural habitats of bees in "thick-walled tree cavities"where heat and humidity is higher than in the average hive. - it also talks about how these conditions inhibit Varroa and recommends insulated hives!
  4. Unbelievable - just suggested a person looking to get bees who posted on the BBKA site that they should check out the Omlet hive and guide which I have found useful and easy and got one guy saying newbies shouldn't do that cos they should get nationals like they use in the clubs and another saying 3 years without swarming what a feat! I simply replied that the hive is based on Darlington and I got it because of my bad back at the time - I could have said anyway being the age I am and facing doing beekeeping on my own I had to have a system I could manage for several years which a national would not be. I have hefted enough boxes at the club to know how heavy they get and also maintenance on the Omlet is minimal whereas the national hives need lots of s"Ooops, word censored!"ing and mending. Here's what I said to the lady who was sarcastically challenging me! Hi Caroline - All I have done is get a nucleus of Buckfast bees from Omlet and follow their guidebook plus attend my local club. I also read articles in Beecraft and the BBKA magazine and have adopted my varroa practice after reading a very convincing article by a master beekeeper. So I use icing sugar on every inspection and would use vaporised oxalic acid if necessary but it isn't.
  5. Hi Speckled Hen Yes do put inspection board in after every shake and just see cappings - maybe I am just lucky but that icing sugar thing after inspection was suggested by a master beekeeper in Beecraft and the only thing he did extra to that was to use an oxalic acid treatment in the winter. I got some ready but never had the right window to use it and also am a bit squeamish about dripping acid on to them especially as I do not have an obvious problem. My daughter for example took a close up shot of lots of my bees which was used in the Beecraft magazine to illustrate healthy bees and we could not see a single mite on them. I think that you may be training them to be hygienic by the regular application of the stuff cos they have to be scrupulous about cleaning it off - but obviously I am no expert. The master beekeeper showed by meticulous record keeping that the varroa mites dropped off dramatically with this regular treatment. By the way, Hefting the hive this winter was fine until a couple of days ago when it suddenly felt lighter so this afternoon I nipped out with a pack of Neopoll and put it on the hive. Found that as usual they had moved to the central frames in the box at this time of year. Noticed in both previous winters that the queen moved them back on to the farthest frames from the entrance leaving one full frame with stores in front of the central dividing board and then after Christmas they slowly move forward towards the middle position ready for Spring. Foragers are getting out between the periods of rain but activity is comparatively very low. Good luck with your beekeeping!
  6. I agree with your aims about keeping bees - I intervene as little as possible with mine but do feed them when they need it and do practise controlling varroa by shaking icing sugar over the bees when I inspect them. I have found beekeepers at my club just did not want to consider using a double walled insulated hive but complained all the time about swarming etc My bees have never swarmed and are well-tempered which is important as I keep them in my back garden. I cannot attend the club now as it takes place on Saturdays when I work so I have to get my information online or through books and magazines. I wish you well in your ventures into beekeeping!
  7. Hi I have just spent happy hour watching my bees coming and going, taking rainwater off the laurel hedge next to the hive, bringing back white and pale yellow pollen and dragging out dead bees which I inspected and found no signs of varroa on. This is the third winter and I feel very much a new beekeeper because no year is the same. However, I watch the threads on the BBKA and other sites on Facebook and see desperate newbies losing their colonies in their national and NBC hives and thank goodness for the Beehaus! It has I feel made my introduction to beekeeping simple and easy. I do think it is time for some of the long-standing beekeepers to stop dissing it. I would love to see some articles in the magazines showing how to manage bees in the hive etc - I often flip through them and find the advice they give is totally unsuitable for this type of hive.
  8. Angelmum21

    Two Colonies?

    I am sorry to disagree but if you look carefully at the instruction manual you will see that at the height of activity for a vigorous colony you should be using more than half the beehaus broodbox. I must admit my colony has not been vigorous enough so far, but I am absolutely determined to use the back of the box to raise a new Queen this year and that is really where the long box comes into its own. xx
  9. Angelmum21

    New beehaus

    Hi - I do own a beehaus and am now starting my third year of beekeeping. I must say I ordered a nucleus of bees from the Omlet recommended supplier who had Buckfast bees which are gentler as they are in my back garden only 20 feet from the back door ( sunniest spot). They did come on the shorter frames and I simply placed them in the Beehaus and have gradually worked them out. I am now down to the last frame which the bees absolutely love although it is almost black now and of course they will build wild comb at the bottom to fill the space. But if you are careful this can be an advantage as they will raise their drones in this wild comb and you will easily be able to find out if you have any problems by inspecting the wild comb and you never have any shortage of boy bees. I must say although the beekeepers in my club are extremely sceptical about the beehaus hives. I have never had problems and my bees are exceptionally healthy. So much so that my daughter who is a photographer took some photos of them and they have appeared on the cover of a national magazine and in an article written by a master beekeeper about keeping bees healthy! I wish you every success with your beekeeping and hope you enjoy it as much as I do - even though I have developed diabetes and cannot eat the product my kids adore their homegrown honey! xx
  10. Nice of you to ask! I did my inspection two days ago as have just started new job and been manically busy. Good thing I did because they were storing so much and had run out of space for brood. So I put in two empty frames and today have ordered more and will add another three at the end of next week plus Supers - am going to try the narrower Hoffman supers to see if that encourages them up into the supers. They are bringing in two colours of pollen - a creamy pale yellow and a strong egg yolk yellow. I will also have to do the Spring cleaning recommended in the book because so many of the winter bees just dropped dead at the end of their lives and need cleaning out. Just praying for good weather next Sunday cos am on training course all week and have to work a full day Sat as well.
  11. Thanks for that - no disasters with my bees so far but I still haven't got through an entire year and swarm control looms. If we have a terrible spring I may consider this just because I have found that invariably the best days for inspections are when I am at work!
  12. I have just read the second article on the Arnia remote bee hive monitoring system and was wondering if any Beehaus owners are trialling or using it in their hives? I see the cost is around £60 a hive and I think it would be a good thing for a new beekeeper like me and help to stop too much fretting. What do you think?
  13. It was 17 degrees today here in Sussex and I checked my bees only to find a small bit of chalk brood and only two frames of brood but still lots of stores so am crossing fingers and leaving them be for now xx
  14. Yes my bees are very active for the second day in a row thanks to the nice weather we have had on those two days. They are in a Purple Beehaus and have come through the winter fine. I have put a slab of pollen impregnated fondant on but they do not appear to be needing it which is good because it means that I calculated the stores they would need correctly - have more ready just in case. Cannot wait for a better run of weather to inspect them. Have just checked my stores and re-ordered for immediate needs and planning for later in the season. Let's hope we have a drier Spring than Winter!
  15. I live in the Horsham area not actually in Horsham, West Sussex but near

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