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by Imker Ingo
Thu May 18, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Warre
Topic: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses
Replies: 23
Views: 2035

Re: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses

Nice fotos, thanks for sharing.
by Imker Ingo
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 352
Views: 10312

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Moebees wrote:
" Was not wearing anything for the first. That is how I have always done it "

Moebees, that happens if you beekeep in your "birthday suit " :lol:
I have had 2 stings in the last week, they itched a bit.
Best wishes, Ingo.
by Imker Ingo
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

One conventional way of dealing with a drone laying hive( there will be multiple workers doing this ) is to shake out all the bees on to a linen sheet or tarp, a good distance from the hive, leaving an empty super at the original site. The normal workers will fly home, but drone layers will stay. Yo...
by Imker Ingo
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: First swarm trap action
Replies: 10
Views: 813

Re: First swarm trap action

Sounds like you had scout bees from at least two different colonies wanting to move in. A friend has seen a strong swarm evict a weaker one that had moved into a bait hive earlier that day. You should see a lot of regular bee traffic if a swarm has moved in. Good luck.
by Imker Ingo
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: An interesting poem!
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: An interesting poem!

PS Hanna, I lived in New Plymouth for a while in 1994. Have not been back to your beautiful country, but hope to visit again in the future.
Best wishes, Ingo.
by Imker Ingo
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: An interesting poem!
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: An interesting poem!

Thank you very much for posting Hanna. :D
by Imker Ingo
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Survivor bees in a hot zone
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Survivor bees in a hot zone

Max was the hive very aggressive all the time? Had you manipulated the hive or inspected too frequently? I helped a friend move a hive that became super aggressive after honey was taken, they were fine at the new site, so moving far enough can help. Re-queening is last resort and you have thus chang...
by Imker Ingo
Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in Northern Saskatchewan
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: New in Northern Saskatchewan

Welcome to the forum. Keep us posted on how your colony in the horizontal hive get on . How cold are your winters?
by Imker Ingo
Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Fall nectar
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: Fall nectar

Not necessarily, here in UK we have a late ivy flow in September and early October. The weather is still mild and only just getting colder with a late winter, still some pollen coming in here too. Get to know your local flora and you should be able to know if any late nectar sources are around.
Ingo.
by Imker Ingo
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Warre
Topic: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses
Replies: 23
Views: 2035

Re: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses

Apicentric beekeeping in my opinion relies on doing lots of little things to support our colonies. The theory of success by marginal gains, which has helped the British cyclists achieve Olympic Gold so consistently. The advantages of a Warre are: Quilt and minimal hive disturbances ( Warre only insp...
by Imker Ingo
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in Illinois
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: New in Illinois

Hi Moe. My first bees were from local breeders about 15 miles from my apiary. They were treated with thymol and fed with sugar and essential oils. They have survived without treatment and have issued large healthy prime swarms. They are not " pure " bees but local mongrels and hopefully ar...
by Imker Ingo
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Frame width questions?
Replies: 8
Views: 381

Re: Frame width questions?

Hi Moe.
Could I ask why your are going for very narrow frame width and are you making your own frames or using a custom built hive?
Ingo
by Imker Ingo
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in Illinois
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: New in Illinois

Welcome Moe. Here in Europe there are a lot of treatment free beekeepers, many more just don't admit it. Our losses are not quite as bad as elsewhere and recent surveys from Wales where I live show treaters loosing more bees than non-treaters in winter surveys. There is a growing movement towards a ...
by Imker Ingo
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: bee brushes
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: bee brushes

I have used a goose feather , but have a cheap brush that works ok, being very gentle is best for me. Last used it to heard a swarm into a Warre hive whilst running them in.
by Imker Ingo
Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Feeding honey for wintering
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Feeding honey for wintering

Hallo Marcel.
Is the honey from a different colony or from someone else's hives. If it is your own honey, why not put it on top in the super. The bees will uncap it as they require over the winter. I would not feed honey that is not from your own bees as it could bring in diseases.
by Imker Ingo
Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Queen Excluder???
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: Queen Excluder???

I have only used one once to make a split. I am not beekeeping for honey. It depends how you want to keep bees.
by Imker Ingo
Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: TFB episode 36
Replies: 2
Views: 332

TFB episode 36

Thank you Solomon for another excellent podcast with Dr Sharashkin on treatment free beekeeping in the Layens Hive. I think he summarised many of the principles of treatment free beekeeping very well. He mentioned Dr Eva Crane who is probably the most famous authority on bees in the UK in the 20th C...
by Imker Ingo
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Entrance Reducer
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Entrance Reducer

Apologies Michael, my error, it is very interesting reading considering how little was proven at the time .
by Imker Ingo
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brand New
Replies: 1
Views: 206

Re: Brand New

Hi Loisbi, I am sure you will learn a lot by asking questions on this forum. I am not familiar with your exact climate, as I am in the UK, but I think you must still be in summer and there should be some flow on to provide for your bees. How many colonies do you have and are you using Langstroth hiv...
by Imker Ingo
Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: First swarm caught after recently moved
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: First swarm caught after recently moved

Very nice fotos, are they Italian bees? Hope they continue to build up well for you.
by Imker Ingo
Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Entrance Reducer
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Entrance Reducer

Michael I am still reading my copy of your excellent translation of Huber, haven't got that far yet as too busy with work stuff. His observations on comb construction are very interesting , a lot of present beekeepers don't know this information. Have you tried beekeeping in skep hives? I hope to ma...
by Imker Ingo
Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: I would like to start beekeeping. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.?
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: I would like to start beekeeping. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.?

Sorry your first post makes little sense. :?: Where are you located?
by Imker Ingo
Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Entrance Reducer
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Entrance Reducer

Probably not Greg, my bees are fanning at the hive entrances of all my hives as we are in the middle of the flow here, there is a lovely sweet smell coming from them, I can feel the air being fanned out. If you think of a natural colony in a tree, they often have a quite small entrance hole, but the...
by Imker Ingo
Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: 1st swarm and killed the queen.
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Re: 1st swarm and killed the queen.

Hard luck on losing the queen. Was this the prime swarm or a cast, I think the later from what you are saying. If there are enough bees to keep the brood frame you inserted warm and others to forage, they may raise an emergency queen. If you are going to add a replacement, new queen, this should be ...
by Imker Ingo
Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 744

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

I have looked at fotos of the TBHs on Beethinking, some have cedar and others a different roof, but all pretty shallow and almost no overhang past the hive sides. You may need to make a whole new roof with a greater pitch, or modify the existing with a much wider roof. Let's us know how you get on.
by Imker Ingo
Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: All 6 hives aren't doing well
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: All 6 hives aren't doing well

Are you a member of a local association or do you know an experienced beekeeper who could come and look? There is information on hive post mortems on the web, which could help with last season's lost hive. Info from fotos will help as suggested above. How reputable is your bee supplier? Any pesticid...
by Imker Ingo
Sun May 15, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member from Victoria, Australia
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Re: New member from Victoria, Australia

Welcome Tom, great to hear that your start has gone so well. What have you used for the roof of your TBH? I am sure a swarm will do well in the TBH.
by Imker Ingo
Sat May 14, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Re: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides

Very interesting. The Braula Fly, that used to be seen on queen bees was also probably exterminated by insecticides put into hives. Could queens have been healthier with this extended intrahive ecosystem?
by Imker Ingo
Mon May 09, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Ricki from N.E. Oklahoma
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: Ricki from N.E. Oklahoma

Here in the UK, we have very few bees sold as packages, most as nucs. Our most common hives are the British National, which is smaller than a Lang, topbar length 43 cm. We don't have the massive nectar flows here, so smaller hives. A typical nucleus consists of a queen and her own offspring on 5 fra...
by Imker Ingo
Mon May 09, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Alan from Sussex, England
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Alan from Sussex, England

Hi Alan. I am in Wales, there are more treatment free beekeepers than one thinks in the UK. Most just don't talk about it much. I am aware of a group in Oxford , there is also an informal Group that meets in Monmouth 3 monthly, that I attend. Conventional beekeepers are slowly realising that even Th...
by Imker Ingo
Mon May 09, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Nosema?
Replies: 9
Views: 889

Re: Nosema?

Solomon, could you kindly remove all these posts recommending bee extermination, thank you!
by Imker Ingo
Fri May 06, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Swarming podcast no 34
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Swarming podcast no 34

Really enjoyed this podcast on swarms with Jason Bruns, some excellent advice and practical insights, I learned a ton of good info, many thanks Solomon and Jason.
by Imker Ingo
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: List of diseases of the honey bee
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: List of diseases of the honey bee

This device consists of a brush through which the bees must pass to get into the hive and a grid underneath into which the mites fall and land on a sticky base preventing any from crawling out. I note a patent has been applied for. I cannot find any studies showing data on the results and am sceptic...
by Imker Ingo
Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Joshua - Maine
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: Joshua - Maine

Joshua are you able to get locally adapted bees in a nucleus hive, preferably treatment free? You may have more success with these rather than packages. We are lucky in the UK as packages are not popular, however nucs are not cheap. Local swarms would be best and free :D
by Imker Ingo
Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Progress? Or?
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: Progress? Or?

Max if the workers are bringing in pollen it usually means the queen is laying, especially at this time of year. I assume the bees are happy, so your hive should be queen right. Nice foto, lots of pollen on the bee.
by Imker Ingo
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Opening Hives in the dark
Replies: 3
Views: 363

Re: Opening Hives in the dark

And unless you are very foolish or brave, don't use a torch, or find someone else to hold it. :lol:
by Imker Ingo
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: 1st, um 2nd, would you believe 3rd installation?
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: 1st, um 2nd, would you believe 3rd installation?

I would reduce the entrance initially. I would wait at least 2-3 weeks, but keep a close eye on the entrance regularly. You should see workers bringing in pollen. I assume your queen is already mated. You mention your first package bees that absconded, were they local bees or from very far away? Loc...
by Imker Ingo
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar support
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: Top Bar support

As I have no acces to a sawmill, I have bought wood from my local timber merchant. I have used well seasoned RedWesternCedar planks, two doweled and glued together to get the necessary width for the sides. So far no warping. I have seen vertical support wood strips used on some hives for extra stren...
by Imker Ingo
Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the funktion of afterswarms?
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: What is the funktion of afterswarms?

Thank you Michael, your answer is similar to what Thomas Seeley's research showed on the numbers of feral colonies over many years, fairly constant number of colonies in a given area. I think that in nature, the swarms that die out in hollow tree cavities act as pioneer bees, leaving behind some com...
by Imker Ingo
Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 756

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Solomon, have you contacted Dee Lusby? She should be able to give some advice. An excellent idea to do a proper long term study.

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