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by brothermoo
Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Help! I need encouragement!
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Re: Help! I need encouragement!

I reckon I am one of the only treatment free beeks in my country! Doing my intermediate certificate this past year was interesting at the classes... Some discussions with people who really never thought there was another route besides treating! Hopefully one by one we can turn the tide Sent from my ...
by brothermoo
Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: TFB episode 36
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: TFB episode 36

Very interesting podcast this one... Great info to take on board for making my horizontal hives. I had planned to try some this year as I am moving house and will have more space to actually keep bees at home. But the horizontal hives with his management might be a good option for the out apiaries. ...
by brothermoo
Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: UK & Ireland
Replies: 8
Views: 746

Re: UK & Ireland

I'm starting my beginners course on Saturday, runs for three Saturdays so should hopefully pick up a few good tips. I'm sure, thanks to the internet, you are already well versed in all things bee theory... It will be the hands-on experiences you get with local beeks that will be invaluable! Find an...
by brothermoo
Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire
Replies: 15
Views: 778

Re: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire

Great podcast... Looking forward to hearing from kirk!


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by brothermoo
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: UK & Ireland
Replies: 8
Views: 746

Re: UK & Ireland

It's really annoying when trying to glean nuggets of knowledge or wisdom from beekeepers here in Ireland about our locale and all they want to talk about is 'varroa keeping' ...much more useful would be how to read weather patterns regarding nectar flows or that sort of thing! Sent from my iPhone us...
by brothermoo
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9608

Re: Is your expansion successful?

The mite ridden hive was kinda sobering though. I don't consider my bees to be true tf survivors and at this point, extra mite pressure from deadouts may not be a good thing. I'm thinking of taking steps to identify mite issues with dwindling hives in fall and screen them in to prevent mite transfe...
by brothermoo
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: managing deadouts
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: managing deadouts

I have one dead out so far... I might try the bird idea and let my chickens at the frames!


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by brothermoo
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

What about a plastic floor with a series of troughs to catch the water droplets (shallow enough for bees not to drown of course)?


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by brothermoo
Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Kamloops, BC, Canada
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: Hello from Kamloops, BC, Canada

I met a guy from kamloops fire department a few months ago his cousin is one of the biggest bee farmers in Canada apparently! He was over here in northern Ireland visiting our fire service.

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by brothermoo
Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Rose method
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: Rose method

I get ya... Swarming can be delayed by opening the broodnest somewhat but it is nice to avoid so I also pyramid combs into new boxes like a lot of other guys here do.

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by brothermoo
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: UK & Ireland
Replies: 8
Views: 746

UK & Ireland

Are there many people here from UK/Ireland that have gone treatment free? It would be nice to learn from your experiences regarding our unique weather situation, the lack of small cell foundation available, what equipment you are using, and local genetics. I am using Rose hives after reading Tim Row...
by brothermoo
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Home Brewing
Topic: First attempt at mead making
Replies: 5
Views: 965

Re: First attempt at mead making

I bottled (and have almost drank) a three year old ivy honey mead.. Tasted rotten in year one but it is so smooth and the flavour is complex now. Patience is key so hang in there!
by brothermoo
Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Rose method
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: Rose method

I use rose hives.. Adding boxes into the middle of the brood nest is done when the bees are teeming from the boxes and almost ready to swarm really. Time Rowe advocates this method until after the longest day then you add boxes just above the brood nest (or if you can't be bothered with the lifting,...
by brothermoo
Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: supercedure?
Replies: 17
Views: 896

Re: supercedure?

I hate the attitude some beekeepers have to swarming... I'm seen as negligent because I do not clip and if things have been busy then I may lose a swarm. I still think that the observation of mated queens taking flights at 2 or 3 years old, for some unknown reason, leaves me in no doubt that clippin...
by brothermoo
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Latitudes
Replies: 18
Views: 817

Re: Latitudes

Perhaps the two regions offer different genetic bottlenecks, so to speak... More genetic options from the stocks in south to adapt quicker and yet more decisive culling of less-than-favourable genetics by winters in the north.

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by brothermoo
Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames
Replies: 13
Views: 1172

Re: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames

I have 300 frames I am in the middle of assembling that I made 1200 cuts before even starting assembly... 600 side bars, 1 cut down to 33.5mm, next cut turned them all round and trimmed to 32mm. That was a good couple of hours of work on the table saw... Hopefully we'll worth it as you can't buy sma...
by brothermoo
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Trap out advice
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Trap out advice

I hit jackpot yesterday with two calls of bees that arrived as swarms years ago. One is in a chimney and the other under a flat roof. They have been resident for 3 and 5 years respectively so these are survivors! I'm not sure if trap out is the way to go with both.. I may use a bee vacuum and get th...
by brothermoo
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:11 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Guides
Replies: 20
Views: 2034

Re: Comb Guides

Last year just used the wedge turned thru 90° but this year I ripped 1.5mm strips from pallets and inserted those as you would a popsicle stick I have narrowed 600 Hoffman side bars to 32mm and I am probably about 70 frames into the assembly of the 300 frames I bought in the winter sale. I have used...
by brothermoo
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Why nucs?
Replies: 21
Views: 1272

Re: Why nucs?

I have nuc boxes but they may get stacked so that they become less nuc and more full colony.. For me a single box with 12 frames (I use rose OSB) is the smallest full colony but even in stacked 'nuc boxes' a full colony can be established, when they start raising drone you know that they can really ...
by brothermoo
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Why nucs?
Replies: 21
Views: 1272

Re: Why nucs?

I keep a load of nuc boxes handy and have even stacked 3 (15 frames - 5 over 5 over 5) before moving into full size box. Nucs are great for drawing worker.. They rarely draw drone comb in them ..must need a critical mass of colony before they choose to rear drones. That means you can keep nucs to su...
by brothermoo
Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Norn Iron
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Hello from Norn Iron

I know! It is strange what some believe because they need to conform to the status quo

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by brothermoo
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Norn Iron
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Hello from Norn Iron

Hi everyone, my name is Stephen Moore (aka moo) and I live in Northern Ireland. I have been keeping bees for 5 years and hated the whole chemical application regime that everyone says is required. I had been giving in to the use of oxalic acid trickling up until 2 years ago but never used apistan/ba...

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