Quantcast

Manipulation cloth

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

Blue Spinnaker 

House Bee
Joined
Feb 21, 2010
Messages
241
Reaction score
0
Location
Staffordshire
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
1 + 1 nuc
Newbie question - I'm just setting up, and getting sorted. Can you use any cloth to cover the hive during an inspection? Some of them look an inordinate amount of money to buy, so I was wondering what forum members used (also what I would use to make my own).

Thanks.
 

VEG 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 10, 2008
Messages
6,830
Reaction score
0
Location
Maesteg South Wales
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
15+-some
You can use any sort of material that the bees wont get caught up in.
 

Heather 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 7, 2008
Messages
4,036
Reaction score
2
Location
Newick, East Sussex
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
17
I use old towels- they are heavy enough not to blow away, keep the bees quiet and keep the warmth in. They dont get tangled in them, shake off easily and it really limits the amount of smoke needed
 

MuswellMetro 

Queen Bee
Joined
Oct 1, 2009
Messages
6,512
Reaction score
18
Location
London N10
Hive Type
14x12
You can use any sort of material that the bees wont get caught up in.
A white primark hand towel with pieces of earth cable as weights in the seams

but i only use on the nasty ones, or if iam doing something like queen marking/clipping
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
1
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
Another means of disease transfer,unless you have one for each hive.
 

Heather 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 7, 2008
Messages
4,036
Reaction score
2
Location
Newick, East Sussex
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
17
Another means of disease transfer,unless you have one for each hive.

That's why I have loads of them- and they are slung in the washing machine regularly. :D.
 

VEG 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 10, 2008
Messages
6,830
Reaction score
0
Location
Maesteg South Wales
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
15+-some
Unless you change/clean hive tool+gloves after every hive, would the cloth make that much difference in the same apiary I mean?
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
1
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
You should try rinsing your hive tool and gloves between hives Veg,even in the same apairy.....especially for the first few inspections of the season.
Carry a bucket half full with disinfectant/water and keep your hive tools in the bucket.
 

VEG 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 10, 2008
Messages
6,830
Reaction score
0
Location
Maesteg South Wales
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
15+-some
I didnt mean to suggest that I dont do it , what i meant was if the OP doesnt clean/change gloves etc then the cloth wouldnt make much difference. (I have now found a free source for my gloves so wear a different pair for each hive)

Hivemaker you say in the above post for the first few inspections would you not carry on doing it throughout the season? (not having a go just curious as to why)
 
Last edited:

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
1
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
Of course not Veg,would not matter one bit if they don't give two hoots about disease transfer.

First few inspections is the most important, as efb does not always appear with just one examination,but you should spot it after the first few inspections, if it's there,and yes it's always good to carry out the cleaning all the time,as it only take a second.
 
Last edited:

victor meldrew 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 10, 2008
Messages
6,344
Reaction score
6
Location
Wigan
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
Manipulation cloths are a bit old fashioned :bigear:.
Why not try placing the first removed frame flat on top of remaining frames , moving it as you go along? When it gets to the point of balance, place it on the inspected frames 'simples'

John Wilkinson
 

tonybloke 

Queen Bee
Joined
Mar 4, 2009
Messages
3,480
Reaction score
0
Location
Gorleston-on-sea, Norfolk
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
3 Commercial hives with National supers, Top Bee Space. + 2 Nucs
Manipulation cloths are a bit old fashioned :bigear:.
Why not try placing the first removed frame flat on top of remaining frames , moving it as you go along? When it gets to the point of balance, place it on the inspected frames 'simples'

John Wilkinson
that's exactly how I was taught to do it!!
 

Cazza 

Queen Bee
Joined
Feb 28, 2010
Messages
2,519
Reaction score
0
Location
Suffolk/Norfolk border
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
5 ish
Manipulation cloths are a bit old fashioned :bigear:.
Why not try placing the first removed frame flat on top of remaining frames , moving it as you go along? When it gets to the point of balance, place it on the inspected frames 'simples'

John Wilkinson
I must be old fashioned but there's room for both methods. I use a cloth ( one for each hive) when it's cold or they're feisty and the frame when the weather is good. Horses for courses.
Cazza
 

shonabee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 26, 2009
Messages
121
Reaction score
0
Location
uk
Hive Type
none
Ooh, the frame idea sounds pretty good - I've never heard of that. |I may give that a go if it's ever warm again!

I use very high quality cover cloths - the bottom bit of ready-made curtains that were too long, with offcut of wood in the old hem to weight the edge.
 

Poly Hive 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
13,655
Reaction score
2
Location
Scottish Borders
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
9 and 18 Nucs
And sorry to say I find them a complete faff and stopped using on in my 2nd year. Far too slow for me.

I pull the first frame, prop it against the side of the hive go through the rest, shove them back and pop it back in. Job done.

PH
 

victor meldrew 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 10, 2008
Messages
6,344
Reaction score
6
Location
Wigan
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
And sorry to say I find them a complete faff and stopped using on in my 2nd year. Far too slow for me.

I pull the first frame, prop it against the side of the hive go through the rest, shove them back and pop it back in. Job done.

PH
Same here Pete ,
I have used the first frame as per my post , I only suggested it for peeps who feel uneasy having bees peeping over the top of the frames :) !

John Wilkinson
 

victor meldrew 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 10, 2008
Messages
6,344
Reaction score
6
Location
Wigan
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
Very droll :D:D .
How soon b4 elf n safety rules out smokers ? LOL

John Wilkinson
 

Hebeegeebee 

Drone Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
1,964
Reaction score
11
Location
S.E. Norfolk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
12 on a good day, often more..
If you have a hive that is intent on boiling over either with or without smoke, the "frame over" method definitely helps to keep them down.

Simples indeed.

it is what I was shown to do - at the same place as Tonybloke.
 

Latest posts

Top