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    Is this normal for October?

    Surprised me too, loads of Ivy pollen here in mid France one hive not madly busy the other pushing past each other through 7cm wide reduced entrances. Weather is 5c overnight and 10c going to 14c at the high point in the day. As soon as the sun hits the hives (9c in the shade) they are out and...
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    The Brynmair slant on the Dartington Underfloor entrance

    Anyway :) Thanks for the info on the entrance as I have been looking all over for a simple explanation and dimensions. Loads of photos but not very informative elsewhere online as they show a slot but no real details of sizes. This has helped a lot.
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    Nationwide abandoned hives.

    True enough but registration is not a great imposition and is a big help, not intrusive as they just want to know what hives are where. It literally asks your name and address, e-mail and how many hives you have, that's it. Helps the government know how many apiaries are in the area and the...
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    Nationwide abandoned hives.

    On the original question of what to do with possibly abandoned hives. Easiest way is to put a note with your phone number in a plastic bag and leave it on the hives, under a stone on the roof or anywhere visible. Worked for me when looking for bees, saw some old looking hives near a woodland...
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    Get yourself stung. it's good for you?

    Don't like the idea of no veil, always seem to go for the face generally, and why is it often my ear. Glasses won't help as they land and walk, just to make that point, may make it worse if they go behind the glass. Never heard of people becoming ill from washing a bee suit ? Mine regularly...
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    Get yourself stung. it's good for you?

    I invested in a bee jacket as quick on-off, just in case. Have stared to skip the gloves most times now as they usually go for the jugular anyway :) Always wierd to see one hovering in front of the veil and going cross eyed trying to see if it is inside ot outside. One day I may be like this...
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    Disability Beekeeping.

    I have warre hives (just as not intending to harvest) and they have the advantage of the smaller boxes and so less weight. They come with or without frames and normally have the long strip handles so good and solid to grip. With larger hives it often helps to have two people to manipulate them...
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    French develop pheromones to fight hornets

    Just seen this, excellent article as I wondered if this was possible. Even better as I live in France :) I wondered if someone could make something like a car air freshener that sat on the hive to say this is a hornet nest, and not your hornet nest so move away. Whatever they have I will buy...
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    Treatment Free

    My hive has the same, again can't measure cell size but they do drone cells in random clumps. Smaller cells means less time for varroa to grow but may make no difference, either way they will do what they think is best. The uncapping / recapping thing is interesting though. Rapid parallel...
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    Treatment Free

    Couple of points raised, I think they build the cell size they want rather than a set size. I read that bees were bred larger once as they thought they would make more honey. Left alone they revert to smaller cell size as their environment requires ? Most animals regress to what is best...
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    Treatment Free

    On the cavity size question my first bees adopted me by occupying a bird roosting box. That said they weren't the best at evaluating a situation. In a 30L sealed plywood box on a garage wall facing west in a place that regularly getsa full sun on 30c days and up to 40c in summer, central...
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    Treatment Free

    I remember the OP was on commercial TF keeping and I mentioned Scot McPherson earlier in this thread. He has a facebook page with a lot of his videos (there is another place he does keeping info too but can't find it) Log into Facebook | Facebook Thought I may as well do the whole lot rather...
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    Treatment Free

    Just seen this and in answer to the original question, now long lost, about any commercial TF keepers (from USA not UK) try Scot Mc Pherson. He is documenting restarting a commercial apiary having relocated accross the US. He started 35yrs ago TF and still is. Not a 'soft' keeper he is...
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    Treatment Free

    The link to the article you said is here (from 2016) but much has been researched since then. Scientists determine how to control parasite without harming bees I am no fan of using university etc as irrefuable proof becuase they are reliable acdemics. Things change, the article states that...
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    Treatment Free

    Sorry to have reistated this, just wanted to pass on the video from Scot for those who are interested. Those not interested don't have to look at it ? No TF section required as, sadly making Scot's point, there can be no real debate and as said TF people will have to go underground. Sad but...
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    Treatment Free

    Sadly true but things are improving, as they say the drugs don't work they just make it worse :) If someone came up with a treatment that didn't harm the bees as well I would use it when needed but haven't found one. Worth looking at Scot's videos as he keeps saying we have to talk about...
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    Treatment Free

    Hi all, just started re-using this forum and wondered if there were any TF sections. Found this thread and think this may be of interest. He has a direct style but is, reading his history, what the OP asked for. His FB page is here Log into Facebook | Facebook Favourite video is Mite Bombs...
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    Open mesh floors and brood space above them

    Thanks, that makes sense just wanted to hear it :) I can see how they would reduce or move any brood up over winter so should be no problem then as well clear. I was just concerned about the open floor, I am using a tube type one and it says to just leave it open, which I will. I have a gap...
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    Open mesh floors and brood space above them

    Setting up for next year and just wondered how close the brood would be to an open mesh floor. Just thinking that it could be colder if some air movement. I know the bees keep the brood warm but when the queen is laying, to be extreme, you don't want a cold blast of air. I am using Warre...
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    Cardboard nuc ventilation in April (ish)

    Just seen the last two posts, so just to let you know. I will make sure I see the queen, I have to be there when all is transferred so I will make sure she shows me where she is. I will also make sure the frames are held solidly in the box and can't move around. I found the supplier from a...
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